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  • Writer's pictureMichael Aguiar

2024 Formation & Education Summit

Updated: Mar 14

From March 4th to 7th, 2024, our educators participated in the RC Education Formation & Education Summit held in Detroit, Michigan. The event brought together educators, administrators, and thought leaders across 11 North American RC Education Schools to explore innovative strategies, exchange insights, and collaborate towards shaping the future of Catholic education. Our faculty members eagerly embraced this opportunity to enrich our pedagogical practices and see the “big picture” of our network.

Expanding Horizons

The summit served as a platform for our staff to broaden their horizons and delve into the latest developments in Catholic educational theory and practice.  Patrick Erwin of Growing Leaders led an interactive workshop on social emotional learning and essential soft skills leaders instill in students, a principle from the book Ready for Real Life. The presentation engaged thought-provoking discussions and fresh insights that invigorate our teaching methodologies and understanding of Gen Z.

Networking and Collaboration

One of the most invaluable aspects of the summit was the opportunity for networking and collaboration. Our staff had the privilege to connect with peers from diverse educational backgrounds, fostering meaningful exchanges of ideas and best practices. Through these interactions, we’ve been able to cultivate new relationships and establish partnerships that would extend beyond the confines of the Summit, enriching professional growth and contributing to the broader school network.

In addition to participation in the Summit, faculty members had the unique opportunity to visit Everest Academy, a PreK to 12 RC School in Detroit. This visit provided a firsthand glimpse into the Integral Formation© approach to education and allowed for meaningful exchanges with educators and students alike. We had the chance to tour the campus, observe classes, and engage with Everest Academy faculty. This immersive experience enriched our understanding of diverse pedagogical approaches and inspired us to explore the possibilities for our own institution.

Holding true to the Regnum Christi charism, RC Education and Everest Academy organized an apostolic activity for Summit attendees. Angels' Place provides homes and services for persons with developmental disabilities, and in partnership with RC Education, Summit attendees planned and hosted a 50’s themed dinner and dance! After enjoying burgers and milkshakes, everyone made their way to the dance floor shaking it to the oldies.

Embracing Innovation

As advocates for innovation in education, our faculty members embraced the innovative approaches showcased at the summit. From exploring emerging technologies such as AI, to reimagining assessment and formation strategies, our teachers have come back inspired to infuse their teaching practices with creativity and adaptability. By embracing a culture of innovation, we aim to empower our students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in an ever-evolving world.

Reflecting on the Experience

Upon the return to MBCA, our faculty members have continued to reflect on their experiences at the Formation & Education Summit with a sense of enthusiasm and renewed purpose. Armed with fresh perspectives and newfound inspiration, our team is committed to implementing growth within the classroom and beyond.

The participation of Mater Boni Consilii Academy faculty in the RC Education Formation & Education Summit in Detroit was not merely a professional development opportunity, but a transformative experience that will have a lasting impact. MBCA was introduced as the soon to be 12th school on the accredited list of RC Education schools. We look forward to provide these opportunities at MBCA in the years to come, so that all our staff expand their horizon and deepen the understanding of the mission and charism Mater Boni Consilii Academy offers to the world.

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