November Faculty Newsletter
This month’s pieces encourage us to watch each other teach, explore digital annotation tools and be aware of trends in college costs. Please also check out the upcoming SXSW EDU conference in Austin and colleagues’ many recent professional growth experiences.
Jennifer Gonzalez, “Open Your Door: Why We Need to See Each Other Teach,” Cult of Pedagogy
This classic and down-to-earth article about teachers spending time in each other’s classrooms might make you want to pop next door for a visit right now!
When I go over to someone’s house and it’s spotlessly clean, I feel kind of jealous and insecure. But crumbs on the counter and shoes in the hallway? On a gut level, I’m more comfortable. In this place, my psyche tells me, I won’t be judged. The same goes for your teaching: If you let someone else see you screw up, they will probably be more comfortable having you observe them. What happens next is you both start to take more risks, try new things. You cultivate a spirit of experimentation and learning together, rather than struggling to out-perfect each other.
“Top Tech Tools for Digital Annotation,” Common Sense Education
Many of us across disciplines have expressed a desire for seamless online annotation of texts. This list of 18 includes VoiceThread, Diigo, Genius, Scrible and more. If you end up using and liking one of them, please let us know.
You'll be giving students a voice as they develop close-reading skills, provide analysis and opinion, become fact-finding web detectives, engage in peer review, and practice essential research techniques. And with these tools, teachers can highlight important points, promote critical thinking through video, inspire inquiry, observe student confusion, personalize grading, and streamline the paperless classroom.
Alia Wong, “Six-Figure Price Tags Are Coming to Colleges,” The Atlantic
Some might think that tuition costs are rising largely because of expanded amenities for students, but personnel costs are a main factor driving higher prices at some private colleges.
The gap between sticker and net price is growing at colleges across the country. Data published by the College Board suggest that a typical student at a private, nonprofit, bachelor-granting institution in the United States pays roughly $10,000 less than the average sticker price, which was about $37,000 in the past school year. Much of the sticker-net gap is a result of tuition discounts.
SXSW EDU 2020 Conference, Austin, Texas, March 9-12, 2020
This exciting and highly regarded conference is guaranteed to offer food for thought, with “a diverse array of speakers, sessions, workshops, learning experiences, policy discussions and film screenings programmed to foster learning and discovery for all education stakeholders.” Thematic tracks include K-12 education, leadership, equity, global education, the science of learning, SEL & wellness, student agency and more.
Professional Growth Presentations
- Head Librarian Meryl Eldridge and Librarian Claire LaPolt presented on some of their favorite titles at a bibliotherapy panel at the Southern California Librarian of Independent Schools Fall Meeting, which focused on Social and Emotional Learning, in October in Santa Monica.
Fall Faculty & Staff Professional Growth
- Dean of Studies Sarah Cooper recently attended Overcoming Obstacles to Recruiting Minority Teachers, Administrators and Coaches through NemNet Minority Recruitment in San Francisco.
- Head Librarian Meryl Eldridge learned more about Navigating Those Tricky Conversations in Oakland through the California Teacher Development Collaborative this month.
- Math teacher Joel Ishii worked with Stanford education professor Jo Boaler at the YouCubed Mindset Mathematics Workshop in Palo Alto in October.
- In San Diego in October, Dean of Student Life Barrett Jamison attended a workshop sponsored by Independent School Management: “Summer Program: An Asset to Your School.”
- In October, Celeste McMillin, Student Community Action Council advisor, flew to New Orleans for the Council on Spiritual and Ethical Education’s Service Learning Event.
- English teacher Genevieve Morgan kept up with the latest in educational technology at the CUE Fall Conference in Sacramento in October.
- This month Director of College Counseling Gloria Ventura headed to Washington, D.C., for the annual College Board Forum.
- Associate Director of College Counseling Brooke Yoshino attended the National Association for College Admission Counseling’s annual conference in September in Louisville, Kentucky.
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