December Faculty Newsletter
As we head into the break, some people like to dream about the summer to come. If that’s you, please take a look at this long list of opportunities! We’ll return to the usual articles format in January.
To stay local, consider applying for Prep’s Curricular Innovation Grant program, which offers a $2,500 summer grant for curricular work. Details are in your email, and applications are due Feb. 12.
Summer 2020 Professional Growth Opportunities
- The Global Education Benchmark Group is offering a fascinating array of summer symposia, including “Climate Change, Conservation and Economic Development” in Panama and “Understanding China Today” in China.
- Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire hosts more than 400 teachers per year in its Exeter for Educators workshops, with institutes covering writing, astronomy, math, diversity, biology and the humanities. If you’re interested, take a look now, as the workshops fill very quickly once they open. Eric Hallett attended one of the math institutes last summer.
- On this coast is the Exeter Humanities Institute West, at the Bishop’s School in La Jolla. Abel Fuentes attended last year.
- Wildwood School in Los Angeles offers two interesting summer institutes, the Multicultural Leadership Institute and the Systems Thinking Schools Summer Workshop.
- Also in Los Angeles, the Community Works Institute holds a workshop on Place-Based Service Learning and Sustainability for K-16. Josh Perlman attended last summer.
- A highly regarded pedagogical seminar is the Center for Transformational Teaching and Learning’s The Science of Teaching and School Leadership Academy 2020, at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Maryland.
- The motto of the E.E. Ford Summer Teachers’ Colloquium in Santa Fe is “Relearn. Rejuvenate. Recharge.” Classes span disciplines from math to theater to literature and beyond. Tyke O’Brien took a writing class there last summer.
- Independent School Management offers two dozen practical and inspiring workshops at its Summer Institute in Philadelphia. In recent years, faculty including Fabian Bejarano, Lesley Fox, Barrett Jamison and Sarah Cooper have found the experience valuable.
- The Summit for Transformative Learning in St. Louis—STL in STL—focuses on all kinds of educational research and trends, including neuroscience, social emotional learning, assessment strategies and global, cultural and racial literacy. Cari Banning attended and presented here in 2019.
- If you have other ideas, please get in touch!
Recent Faculty & Staff Professional Growth
- Science teacher Michelle Gee and math teacher Madeline Martin just returned from the National Association for Independent Schools’ People of Color Conference in Seattle.
- Global Studies Coordinator Ingrid Herskind recently completed an online course through National Geographic, Mapping as a Visualization and Communication Tool in Your Classroom.
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