Category Archives: Community Reflections

Mother Cabrini Set the Standard

“Education of the Heart” encapsulates St. Frances Xavier Cabrini’s approach to reaching and teaching each and every learner.  Before phrases such as “Differentiated Instruction”, “Universal Design”, I.D.E.A., or Core Curriculum flowed from the lips of educators or legislators,  Mother Cabrini … Continue reading

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Doing for Others

Education of the heart is simply doing something more for others than you do for yourself. To have the attitude of wanting to help another person who can never repay you back that favor is education of the heart in … Continue reading

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The Virtue of Being Nice

I have always believed that being smart is not the greatest virtue–heavily a matter of genetics, I suspect.  The real virtue from my perspective is being nice: that takes work–hard work–and assumes a variety of other qualities like patience and … Continue reading

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Swaziland Experience

Working with the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at an orphanage in the rural loveld of Swaziland makes one remember and appreciate the early work of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini.  The children and staff were so welcoming that … Continue reading

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Student Teachers

Our student teachers are a solid example of what “Education of the Heart” means to me.  Each semester we send our pre-service teachers out into schools to practice the fundamental teaching skills they learned in the classroom.  These skills would … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

Each year families gather together to celebrate Thanksgiving. What are we actually celebrating? In 1621 the Pilgrims and the Native Americans, after surviving a rough winter, had a good harvest and together they celebrated the first Thanksgiving with a harvest … Continue reading

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Reflecting on an Education of the Heart: Cassy Pressimone Beckowski

When asked to describe what the phrase “Education of the Heart” means to her, Cassy Pressimone Beckowski, Coordinator of the Writing Center and the Peer Tutoring Program, said: “ Recognizing that truly everyone has gifts and something to offer, we … Continue reading

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