We made it! What an unexpected yet successful quarter. Many authors lately are asking how we can take what we’ve learned from our online experience and apply it to the future of our teaching. Take a look below to see their ideas, as well as to check out professional growth opportunities for this summer. In addition, please be in touch with thoughts, feedback, or questions anytime!
Deborah Offner, “Counseling and Student Support: Monitoring Health and Well-Being When We’re Away From Campus,” NAIS Independent Ideas Blog
This practical article for helping with social-emotional support online, by a clinical psychologist and school consultant, discusses topics such as communication methods, professional boundaries, and parent outreach.
As this school year comes to a close and we look ahead to the start of a new school year that’s still shrouded in uncertainty, schools need to begin thinking about offering social-emotional supports and remote counseling in a longer-term way.
Angela Watson, “Some parts of teaching are BETTER with remote learning. Here’s how to leverage that,” Truth for Teachers
This article and podcast reflects on 12 topics, many of which Prep faculty and staff have mentioned this quarter, such as “better tech integration and innovation among teachers” and “quiet and shy kids are more likely to ask questions and participate.”
There’s no doubt that some students are more comfortable participating from behind a screen rather than face-to-face. We’ve known that as educators for some time. My mind is spinning with ways we can leverage that, now that we’re seeing it on such a larger scale.
Douglas Reeves, “The E-Squared Solution: Equity and Excellence for Every School,” Principal Leadership
This interesting piece by an author of more than 30 books suggests “a consistent set of seven practices that distinguished the most successful schools, regardless of their demographic characteristics,” including “build comprehension with nonfiction writing” and “explore formative assessment.”
That’s my challenge to every leader, teacher, and policymaker. What would we do if our students were wealthy? What assumptions would we make if they had difficulty? What extra effort would we make to ensure their success? Isn’t it time that we started treating all our students, regardless of the language they speak or the economic and social status of their parents, whether or not they had a decent breakfast or a good night’s sleep, as if they were rich?
Summer Professional Growth Opportunities
One Schoolhouse is offering a number of courses in conjunction with the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools and the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, including these two running from June 8-26: The Self-Motivated Boy: Developing Future-Ready Leadership in the Classroom and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.
The California Teachers Development Collaborative (CATDC) has moved online its classic summer offerings, including Equity as Excellence, Mastering Group Facilitation and From Busy to Intentional: Managing Your Work Life for Greater Efficiency, Effectiveness, and Joy. We’ve had faculty attend nearly every summer workshop in the past, so please get in touch if you have questions!
Challenge Success is offering a one-day virtual Summer Leadership Seminar, where participants will “learn research-based strategies to improve student health, motivation, and engagement” and “network with other leaders from across the nation seeking to achieve a climate of care at their schools.”
Recent Faculty Professional Growth
Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper heard international journalists answer “What are under-reported stories, and how do I find them?” at a Pulitzer Center webinar.
English teacher Patrick Ferry attended a New York Times Learning Network webinar on Teaching Students How to Produce Their Own Podcasts.
Science teacher Reid Fritz participated in two online seminars on mind-brain education: Teaching from a Distance, Learning on Your Own: A Conversation About Brain Development, Learning, and Teaching During COVID-19 by the California Teacher Development Collaborative and Bringing Mind, Brain, and Education Science to Remote Teaching and Learning Experiences 1.0 by Learning & the Brain.
To learn more about Getting It Write: Student Handbooks in General and in the COVID-19 Climate,” Dean of Faculty Vanessa Walker-Oakes attended a webinar by Schwartz Hannum.
Wow, we have successfully navigated more than a month of online teaching and have fewer than three weeks left before finals! In the home stretch, here are some articles to inspire you, as well as upcoming seminars you might find interesting. Please stay healthy, keep in touch, and continue sending along suggestions.
Elizabeth Schley-Evans, Reflections on Teaching Remotely, Teaching AP Government
This encouraging post by a National Board Certified teacher gets real about what has worked, what hasn’t, and her biggest takeaways in caring for herself during remote learning.
I’ve been taking long walks and distancing myself from work to get a better reflection of a meeting, a day, or a week. My husband teaches APUSH and AP Macro, and we have a 3rd grader looking to finish out her year at home. It’s a circus.
Dave Mochel, The Life-Changing Shift from Hope to Faith, Medium
Business consultant and mindfulness coach Dave Mochel has been presenting SEL for Educators in Uncertain Times through the CATDC, mentioned below and offered again on May 4.
Imagine if you spoke to yourself this way when you were anxious, scared, stressed or overwhelmed. Instead of promising yourself a future that you have no knowledge of, what if you told yourself: “Of course you feel this way, you are human.”
Richard Byrne, “The Basics of Creating a Quiz in Google Forms,” Free Technology for Teachers
This four-minute video shows how easy it is to create different kinds of quizzes in Google Forms, if you’re not already using this tool. Thanks to Genevieve Morgan for this idea.
Upcoming Professional Growth
Recent Faculty & Staff Professional Growth
It’s suddenly so easy to attend a conference! Here’s a glimpse of what people have been tuning into this month. If you’ve participated in a workshop or class that’s not listed here, we would love to hear about it. Please email Sarah Cooper and we will include it in an upcoming newsletter.
Global Studies Coordinator Ingrid Herskind, Science teacher Reid Fritz, and Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper attended an hourlong webinar on Migration and Organized Crime hosted by Where There Be Dragons, a global studies organization.
Head Librarian Meryl Eldridge and Reid Fritz participated in Leading Through Change: Supporting and Empowering Your Community in Challenging Times, a two-hour workshop through the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC).
10th Grade Dean Ricardo Rodriguez and Dean of Faculty Vanessa Walker-Oakes participated in Redefining Student Life for Distance Learning, an hourlong conversation through the CATDC.
Spanish teacher Cari Banning and Student Community Action Council advisor Celeste McMillin considered Social Impact in a Time of Social Isolation, a one-hour conversation hosted by the CATDC.
Dean of Students Midge Kimble and Director of Communications Nicole Trevor ’91 explored What to Do About Graduation and Milestone Celebrations in a one-hour seminar with the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education.
Reid Fritz and Vanessa Walker-Oakes heard about Guidance on Grading/Crediting Policies During COVID-19 through an hourlong webinar sponsored by Challenge Success and the California Association of Independent Schools.
Sarah Cooper, Reid Fritz, and Ricardo Rodriguez attended the CATDC’s Becoming a Diversity Responsive School, a four-hour interactive workshop.
Executive Arts Director Rob Lewis, Sarah Cooper, Meryl Eldridge, and Reid Fritz participated in an hourlong session of SEL for Educators in Uncertain Times through the CATDC.
It’s an unusual time, and here are a few resources to help us understand it. Please reach out to each other, to our students, and to the community in these times that ask for more connection than ever! Suggestions are always welcome for this newsletter, too.
Larry Ferlazzo, “Top New Resources to Help Teachers Cope with School Closures,” Edublogs
Indefatigable teacher advocate Larry Ferlazzo has been adding each day to a thoughtful list of curated resources. One tweet on the page last week read: “I have sent announcements on Google Classroom, but what has really made all the difference in the world has been sending the same private message to each student: ‘I just want to make sure you are doing okay—are you safe and healthy?’”
Cory Collins, “Teaching Through Coronavirus: What Educators Need Right Now,” Teaching Tolerance
More than 2,000 educators responded when Teaching Tolerance asked what we need right now. Beyond the typical resource list, this one is organized into categories such as Emotional Support, COVID-19 and Social Justice, and Resources for Caretakers.
Independent School Management, “Coronavirus (COVID-19)”
On ISM’s site you can find recently recorded webinars on all kinds of topics, from Q&A to virtual admissions events, as well as upcoming online events.
Upcoming Professional Growth
SEL for Educators in Uncertain Times, California Teacher Development Collaborative, potential future workshop
This excellent workshop has already filled for the week of March 30 because of overwhelming popularity. However, if you are interested, please register for the wait list, and there might be a chance of another offering soon. Mathematics Department Chair Lesley Fox just attended one of the sessions and loved it.
Recent Faculty Professional GrowthHead Librarian Meryl Eldridge, Physics Teacher Reid Fritz, Executive Arts Director Rob Lewis, and Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper enjoyed Zooming and learning together during the California Teacher Development Collaborative’s Leading Through Challenge (Online) workshop this month.
Opportunity to Submit a Conference Proposal
In this occasional category, we list upcoming conferences that are looking for presenters. Applying can be a fantastic way to clarify ideas about your teaching and getting accepted means you can share those ideas with other interested educators! Please pass along opportunities you hear about, too.
Proposal submissions are open through May 8 for the NAIS People of Color Conference, the flagship of the National Association of Independent Schools’ commitment to equity and justice in teaching and learning. The mission of the conference is to provide a safe space for leadership and professional development and networking for people of color and allies of all backgrounds in independent schools. PoCC equips educators at every level, from teachers to trustees, with knowledge, skills, and experiences to improve and enhance the interracial, interethnic, and intercultural climate in their schools, as well as the attending academic, social-emotional, and workplace performance outcomes for students and adults alike.
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