January Faculty Newsletter
Take a look at this month’s newsletter for unusual perspectives on tech, textbooks and more. Also check out a new category, opportunities for conference proposals! Suggestions on any topic for future newsletters are always welcome.
Also, a reminder that applications are due on Feb. 12 for Prep’s Curricular Innovation Grant program, which offers a $2,500 summer grant for curricular work. Details are in your email, and please feel free to ask any questions.
Greg Epstein, “Will the Future of Work Be Ethical?” Tech Crunch
This long-form article about the “ethics of technology” – and whether it is the responsibility of highly educated elites to use their knowledge for social improvement – makes for interesting reading, especially in light of our STEAM initiative. Thanks to Joel Ishii for sending along this piece.
Will the future of work be a dystopia in which thoughtful young people like Gupta tell themselves they want to save the world, but end up ruling the world instead? Or can the students now attending elite private schools and universities and conferences at MIT use their deftness with the master’s tools to dismantle their own house?
Dana Goldstein, “Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories,” New York Times
This fascinating interactive article, outlining content differences in the same textbooks in Texas and California, has made its way with lightning speed around the civics and history teaching communities this month.
‘At the end of the day, it’s a political process,’ said Jesús F. de la Teja, an emeritus professor of history at Texas State University who has worked for the state of Texas and for publishers in reviewing standards and textbooks.
Perri Klass, “When Heavy Periods Disrupt a Teenager’s Life,” New York Times
A doctor and professor of journalism and pediatrics at NYU reports on a December review in JAMA Pediatrics, providing a lot of helpful new information in a short space. Thanks to Raj Wahi for this suggestion.
But because doctors were not necessarily trained to think this way, they don’t always assess this particular vital sign, and some patients may find that doctors dismiss their concerns.
8th Annual Deeper Learning Conference, San Diego, CA, March 25-27, 2020
Sponsored by High Tech High in San Diego, “Deeper Learning 2020 is the 8th annual gathering of powerful educators focused on creating more equitable outcomes by engaging students in deeper learning. DL2020 encourages and supports these educators to be leaders of change, disruptors of inequity and innovators of pedagogy.” Our opening faculty-staff meetings this year mentioned Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine’s In Search of Deeper Learning, whose concepts come to life at this conference. Early registration runs through February 8.
Recent Faculty Professional Growth
- Global Studies Coordinator Ingrid Herskind attended a Risk Management Training workshop, sponsored by the Global Education Benchmark Group, in Los Angeles this month.
- Three faculty are engaged in ongoing workshops with the California Teacher Development Collaborative (CATDC), each meeting for four days over the course of the school year:
- Spanish teacher and 11th Grade Dean Katie Canton is part of Developing Your Leadership Capacity, which focuses on “leadership styles, school culture, communication, diversity and innovation, self-care, networking, and relationship-driven feedback models.”
- Math Department Chair Lesley Fox is taking Mindfulness in the K-12 Classroom, “intended for K-12 teachers and curricular leaders who want to learn about and develop their practice of integrating mindfulness throughout their curriculum.”
- History teacher Kurt Hofer is participating in the History/Social Science Teacher Professional Learning Community, which encourages teachers to “work together on their own pedagogy and curriculum.”
Opportunities to Submit Conference Proposals
In this occasional new category, we will list upcoming conferences that are looking for presenters. Please pass along opportunities you hear about, too!
Private Schools with Public Purpose, deadline February 14
“Polytechnic School in Pasadena is thrilled to be hosting the 13th annual Private Schools with Public Purpose conference on Sept. 24-26, 2020. Planning is well underway, and we are looking forward to having you join us on campus. The theme for PSPP 2020 is Partnerships Today and Beyond. If you would like to share with conference attendees the work that is taking place on your campus or in your community, we encourage you to submit a workshop proposal.”
STL in STL – The Summit for Transformative Learning, rolling deadline February 15
Spanish teacher Cari Banning presented at this conference last year on “The Power of Standards-Based Grading”!
STL in STL runs from May 31 – June 2 in St. Louis. “The Conference Planning Committee seeks proposals that will be informative and relevant, encourage opportunities for learner engagement, and/or demonstrate application to the work of the participants. Proposals are being sought for topics within the following tracks: Best Practices in Pedagogy and Assessment, Deeper Learning for 21st Century Students, Global, Cultural, and Racial Literacy, It's Elementary, Neuroscience: Teachers as Learning Scientists, and Social Emotional Learning.”
Choose groups to clone to: