The Saint John Baptist de La Salle Fund provides professional education and leadership formation opportunities for teachers and principals serving Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. The principal position is the central leadership role in any Catholic school. The La Salle Fund seeks to elevate the professional capacity of future Catholic school leaders.
Saint John Baptist de La Salle is the patron saint of principals and teachers and is seen as a role model for those who work to educate children in Catholic schools. La Salle established a unique lay religious group dedicated exclusively to Catholic education. Today, the educational movement that he began continues to inspire all Catholic educators.
A committee made up of Archdiocese of Oklahoma City School Advisory Council members and clergy will oversee the fund. The La Salle Fund will provide one-time and multi-year grants to teachers and principals seeking professional development opportunities with a particular emphasis on school leadership and specialist certifications for second language learners and students with diverse learning needs in Catholic schools.