Summer Master Class

Summer Master Class

The JSN facilitates professional learning cohorts of Ignatian Educators from across the network who engage together in a  virtual Summer Master Class , enlivening our collective mission of forming Ignatian Educators as reflective practitioners.  

2023 Summer Master Class

Intercultural Communication

“Ideally, each human being, or each person, should feel like a part of humanity, and be aware of their own culture (enculturation), without making it absolute. They should do so critically, joyfully acknowledging the existence of other human beings with different cultures (multiculturality), and establishing relationships of equality with them, enriching themselves with a diversity of cultures that includes their own (interculturality).” (A Living Tradition, Global Identifier #7, Interculturality) 

After last summer’s successful inaugural Master Class on the IPP, the Jesuit Schools Network (JSN) is thrilled to launch our  2023 Summer Master Class on the topic of Ignatian Intercultural Communication.  In collaboration with our partners at Educate Magis, this is our second offering of this innovative summer professional development opportunity for JSN educators.  Each summer, JSN welcomes participants from Jesuit secondary and presecondary schools in Canada, the United States, Belize, and Micronesia, into a cohort of educators who participate in a Summer Master Class experience.

Led by Master Class instructor Jim DeAngelo, Interim Head of Upper School at The Browning School, the cohort-based Master Class is entirely virtual, both asynchronous, where participants may work at their own pace, and synchronous, where the cohort will connect across the JSN to facilitate deepened conversation, understanding and learning. This is an opportunity to take a deep dive into this meaningful and important learning, and to further promote our collective mission of forming Ignatian Educators as Reflective Practitioners. In this spirit, our educators from a diverse variety of schools and settings gather together over their summer break from school to explore relevant learning and become themselves the engaged, intellectually curious and mission-oriented students they aim to support in their classrooms.   

Intercultural Communication is a skill that is becoming an important part of the teaching and learning experience of contemporary JSN schools, particularly as our students become increasingly diverse. If we want to engage our students in meaningful ways, we must learn to communicate effectively within and across the variety of cultures they represent.  The course content is timely and meaningful to the world we live in today, and the learning is of interest to all leadership, faculty and staff across the Provinces who are called to support students in our schools.  

This 2023 Master Class offering was explored in our recent JSN Virtual Ignatian Inquiry Session (VIIS), explaining in depth the scope of the content and flow of the cohort experience.  If we want to engage our students in meaningful ways, we must learn to communicate effectively within and across the variety of cultures they represent. Presenters Ciara Beuster and Jim DeAngelo explored these ideals, giving participants a glimpse into the timely and relevant course content of our JSN Summer 2023 Master Class.

2022 Summer Master Class

Learning by Refraction: 21st Century Ignatian Pedagogy

In partnership with Johnny Go, S.J., the JSN facilitated a cohort of Ignatian educators from across the Network who engaged in a virtual Master Class on the IPP. The 2022 Summer Master Class provided educators the opportunity to take a deep dive into 21st Century Ignatian Pedagogy, and to further promote our collective goal of “Forming Ignatian Educators as Reflective Practitioners.”

Dr. Kristin Ross Cully

Dr. Kristin Ross Cully

Director of Inquiry and New Ventures

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