Summer Professional Growth Extravaganza!
If you are still looking for the just-right summer professional growth experience, here are some opportunities to tempt you.
Close to home, there’s also Prep’s Curricular Innovation Grant pilot program, with details in your email. Applications are due Feb. 20.
A number of Prep faculty and deans have found this intensive Colorado workshop transformative. It helps “K-12 teachers and administrators from across North America learn how to develop the leadership competencies of their students. Participants are exposed to the latest research about brain science, social and emotional intelligence, and group dynamics; and they participate in extensive exercises designed to develop their awareness, personal reflection and effective action in order to learn the pedagogy of leadership.”
The Global Education Benchmark Group, of which Prep is a member, is offering five fascinating summer symposia. Topics include “Wellness in Traditional Japan,” in Japan and “Border Studies and Immigration,” in El Paso, Texas.
Creating Innovators Through Design Thinking 2019
The Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy 2019
The well-regarded Center for Transformative Teaching & Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School just outside Washington, D.C. offers both of these workshops. The center “promotes innovative, research-driven teaching that develops each student’s potential as a learner.”
Both of these conferences take place at the Nueva School in the Bay Area, a “private school with a public purpose” known for its commitment to providing professional growth. A couple of Prep faculty attended interesting conferences there last summer.
This two-day workshop through Independent School Management (ISM), an excellent organization, “focuses on understanding how cognitive learning research can help develop lifelong learners. Participants will apply principles of cognitive learning theories to evaluate and develop course curricula and lesson plans.”
These international programs for K-12 teachers, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, are focused on India (K-8) and Poland (9-12) this summer. The website says that applications should be available soon.
Faculty Professional Growth Conferences
- English teacher Genevieve Morgan traveled to Florida in January for the Key West Literary Seminar, from which she received a teacher scholarship. The conference featured writers including Margaret Atwood, Madeline Miller and Emily Wilson.
- Also this month, Math Department Chair Lesley Fox and math teacher Maddie Martin participated in the California Teacher Development Collaborative’s “Making Math Class Matter,” a one-day workshop on keeping math engaging.
In this edition of the newsletter, we look at rejection, equity and civics education, as well as the NEH summer programs. We’re also doing a roundup of fall faculty professional growth, and there’s a lot of it!
Stephen Sawchuk, “Is the Time Right to Make Education a Constitutional Right?” Education Week
A class-action suit in federal court in Rhode Island is arguing that the Constitution guarantees certain rights with regard to getting an education, referring to the 14th Amendment as well as to Article 4, Section 4 of the document about each state’s creating “a republican form of government.”
In the K-12 world, Massachusetts recently became the first state to require secondary students to engage in civics projects as part of the curriculum. And Washington state, Illinois, and New York state have also recently passed laws or convened panels to reassess how they prepare students for citizenship.
Emily Winter, “I Got Rejected 101 Times,” New York Times
A comedian decided to apply to anything and everything for a year, giving herself “exposure therapy” and a dose of grit.
In pursuit of 100 rejections, I put myself forward for opportunities I’d previously thought were for smarter, funnier, cooler people. And sometimes I wasn’t rejected.
Jennifer Gonzalez, “10 Ways Educators Can Take Action in Pursuit of Equity,” Cult of Pedagogy
This interview with Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA, gives an overview of how educators are “raising awareness about equity issues.”
“Class time needs to be work time for kids,” Noguera says. “It’s only when they’re working that a teacher can see who’s getting it, who’s not, who needs more support.”
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Programs, varied dates and locations, Summer 2019
These summer workshops for K-12 educators range in length from one to four weeks and carry a stipend for expenses. Applications are competitive, and the deadline is March 1. English, history, arts and world language teachers should take a look!
Faculty TED Talk
- Drama teacher Jen Bascom delivered a TED Talk – “Sometimes, being right is just wrong” – at TEDxSantaBarbara this fall.
Faculty Professional Growth Conferences
- Spanish teacher and 11th Grade Dean Katie Canton attended a workshop in September on “Navigating Gender and Sexual Diversity in PreK-12” with the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC).
- Math teacher Joel Ishii attended a session in October that followed up on his summer “Teaching Foundations Workshop” with the CATDC.
- Latin teacher Mark Baker, World Languages Department Chair Fabian Bejarano and Spanish teacher Manuel Nuñez flew to New Orleans in November for the annual conference of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.
- Science teachers Kristen Corning and David Herman and Science Department Chair Laura Kaufman drove down to San Diego in November for the National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference.
- Global Studies liaison Manuel Nuñez and Director of Athletic Initiatives Alex Rivera brought back many ideas from the “2018 What Works Conference – Juntos Podemos” in San Antonio, Texas, in December.
Faculty Professional Growth Courses
- Latin teacher Toby Wagstaff recently finished a two-month course in “Conversational Latin for High School Teachers,” offered online by the Paideia Institute.
- Science teacher Reid Fritz refreshed his language skills through an online course in Mandarin Chinese this fall, offered by Coursera.
- Global Studies Coordinator Ingrid Herskind and French teacher Lauren Van Arsdall both took an online course in “Educating Global Citizens” through the Harvard Graduate School of Education in November.
- Ingrid Herskind also took an in-person class at USC this fall on “East Asia Since 1800” through the university’s US-China Institute.
- English teacher C.I. Shelton took a course in “Beginning Life Drawing” at Pasadena Community College this fall.
This month’s newsletter includes articles about the humanity of ourselves and our students, as well as information about a summer getaway in Santa Fe. New this month is a section on professional growth, in this issue focusing on recent articles and presentations by Prep faculty.
Larry Ferlazzo, “How Recovering from a Herniated Disc Increased My Empathy for Students,” The Robb Review
A prolific education blogger reminds us of the simple connections with students that can be easy to forget in the day-to-day rush.
During the first few weeks of my injury, I spiraled into what my wife called “the abyss” – I was making no progress, saw no future progress on the horizon, and had nightmarish visions of never getting better. If I, a person who has a long list of personal and professional successes behind me, can feel this way, how must a student who might have a much less positive track record feel when he or she is just “not getting” some concepts?
Angela Watson, “7 Ways Teachers Can Push Past Imposter Syndrome,” The Cornerstone for Teachers
Especially for newer teachers, but also for veterans, impostor syndrome can crop up without warning. Angela Watson suggests ways to psych it out, including “find a colleague who’s willing to be your Imposter Syndrome Co-Conspirator.”
Children are like little Authenticity Detectors. They can tell when you’re being fake, and their facial expressions will let you know if they’re not buying what you’re selling. The best approach I’ve found is to just level with them.
“Empowering Young People in the Aftermath of Hate: A Guide for Educators and Families,” Anti-Defamation League
This guide from the ADL lays out strategies for helping students of all ages respond to acts of bias and hatred. If you’re interested, pages 5 through 7 are a good starting point.
Young people often struggle to understand why these incidents take place and what motivates people who perpetrate these crimes. These are difficult questions to answer and, because the motivation is sometimes unknown or unclear, it is better to say you don’t know rather than give a reason that is simplistic or inaccurate.
E.E. Ford Summer Teachers’ Colloquium, Santa Fe, July 30-August 2, 2019
“This isn’t a pedagogical professional development opportunity where we are primarily focused on how to teach. This is an opportunity to relearn how to learn and fall in love with learning all over again,” with classes such as Confluencia, The River Why and Here’s Looking at Euclid. This weeklong colloquium “is designed to allow teachers a unique opportunity to fill up the tank before the school year, and courses come “in four basic tracks: Math & Science, Writing & Literature, History & Culture, and the Arts.”
FACULTY PRESENTATIONS & WRITING
- English teachers Genevieve Morgan and Megan Burton presented a one-hour workshop on “Digital Socratic Seminars in the Humanities” at the Fall CUE Conference in Napa Valley in October.
- French teacher Lauren Van Arsdall has published two installments in a Peace Corps blog series, “Adventures in STEAM and the World Language Classroom,” on the experiences of her French 3H/4 class in working with a volunteer from Cameroon.
- Headmaster Peter Bachmann presented “A Flourishing Adolescence: Building Confidence and Resilience Through Focus on Process Over Outcomes” at Prep’s Community Speaker series in mid-November, approaching scientific research as a student and teacher.
- Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper presented “No More Boring Writing! Projects That Bring Literacy to Life” at the National Council for the Social Studies’ annual conference in Chicago last month.
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