The De La Salle Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning is a constellation of services that cultivate faculty and staff into expert educators at La Salle University and within the broader Lasallian community. The DLSI educates faculty and staff on conventional pedagogical best practices, with an emphasis on Lasallian-influenced pedagogies. By combining professional development programming with initiatives on Community-Engaged Learning and Service Learning, the DLSI prepares faculty and staff not only to meet students where they are, but also to guide students where they need to be for success at La Salle and beyond.
Inspired by Jean Baptiste de La Salle, who “knew how to be a teacher among his teachers” and who taught them “how to harmonize their teaching skills,” the De La Salle Institute serves as an incubator for faculty and staff “to learn how to learn, to learn together, and to carry on learning….to transform the lives of students and educators, as well as society in general.” The De La Salle Institute focuses on developing, fostering, and assessing best practices within eight dimensions of Lasallian pedagogy (as adapted from Kristopher White):
Essential Pedagogical Strategies
- Developing student-centered instruction
- Developing constructive and progressive processes for effective learning
- Connecting classroom learning to contemporary real world practice
- Promoting engagement with the Lasallian mission
- Championing social justice through engaged and experiential learning
- Educating the whole person
- Collaborating between and among disciplines and our diverse communities both on and off campus
Sharing the Story
- Fostering robust scholarship and research based on our innovative educational practices
The DLSI supports teaching, pedagogy, and curriculum by (co-)sponsoring faculty development workshop series, pedagogy institutes, and faculty cohorts on a wide range of topics. See the Events tab for this semester’s schedule.
Frank J. Mosca, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Education
Interim Director, De La Salle Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning
Frank J. Mosca, Ph.D has been member of the Education Department at La Salle University since 1999. He’s a former department chair, has been actively engaged in numerous university and department committees, and served for many years on the faculty senate. He was previously a member of the faculty at The George Washington University, and began his career as a teacher of children with emotional and behavioral disabilities in Madison, Wisconsin and Gloversville, NY.
His curiosity about teaching and learning has led to an exploration of progressive and other transformative pedagogies, which was facilitated by spending a year as the interim “head of school” at a progressive elementary school. Central to his philosophy of education is the importance of relationships, and how those relationships facilitate a positive learning environment in classrooms and schools. He’s looking forward to working with colleagues to raise questions and engage in conversation about our work as educators.
Preston D. Feden, Ed.D.
Professor Emeritus, Education
Interim Assistant, De La Salle Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning
Preston D. Feden, Ed.D. is a former special education teacher at the elementary and secondary education levels. He joined the La Salle University faculty in 1973, and retired as professor emeritus in 2016. During his 43 years at La Salle, he received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Provost’s Distinguished Faculty Award, and the Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award. He founded the university’s teaching and learning center (now called the De La Salle Institute) and the university’s Philadelphia Center, part of the City as Classroom initiative. In addition, he chaired the Education Department for four years, was assistant director of La Salle’s Honors program for three years, and served on numerous university committees.
His interests in teaching and learning focus on the application of cognitive science to promote student learning. He co-authored a textbook titled Methods of Teaching: Applying Cognitive Science to Promote Student Learning (McGraw-Hill, 2003), and wrote several peer-reviewed journal articles on applying cognitive science in the classroom. He has consulted with over 20 school districts, working with teachers to use the tenets of cognitive science in their classrooms. More recently, he consulted with teachers from Bosnia and Herzegovina on a Save the Children Project. He looks forward to reconnecting with La Salle by participating in the De La Salle Institute.