Learn to Learn, the School’s annual faculty professional development week, took place in July with a focus on turning ideas and aspirations into action. Working groups explored differentiation and leadership, experiential and community engagement, and social emotional learning.
“This was a chance for teachers and administrators to work side-by-side in a cross-divisional, interdisciplinary way that helps build the School from the inside out,” said Associate Head of School for Academics Beth Miller.
“We have always possessed the talent to steer our own ship, and Learn to Learn gives us the time needed to work together. It’s been an opportunity to reflect on past innovations, and iterate desired outcomes inspired by our strategic plan and guided by the expertise of our faculty.”
With a flexible schedule to accommodate deep thinking and activities, Learn to Learn allowed participants to commit to various goals in the year ahead. Norm setting, a culture of feedback, establishing desired outcomes, and visible thinking were all agreed upon by all groups.
Ahead of this year’s Learn to Learn Institute, the School also hosted a two-day Computer Science Institute. A collaboration of the SPARK! computer science program, U.Va. Curry School of Education and U.Va. Department of Computer Science, it brought together 55 local educators from 15 different private schools, public school districts, after school programs, and post-secondary schools to learn more about integrating computer science into lesson plans and classroom activities across disciplines.
Photos from this year's Learn to Learn and Computer Science Institute are now available on the School's SmugMug account.