Nearly 80 teachers and administrators spent four days in July attending the annual faculty professional development institute Learn to Learn V. Turning Brennan Hall into a kind of laboratory, they covered the walls with giant post-it notes, each cramped with writing in all colors from faculty members expressing their thoughts, experiences, and dreams. Exploring topics like design thinking, advisories, and teamwork, faculty worked together to determine the best ways to provide an excellent educational experience to students in line with the School's mission.
"I have really enjoyed having the opportunity to collaborate with teachers cross-divisionally, to do it in a setting without the pressures of the schedule throughout the year, have a moment of pause, and to really think critically before we begin," said Bridgette Ewing, Upper School Spanish teacher.
Other goals tackled included building a network of teacher leaders to steer curricular work related to the Strategic Plan, strengthening a culture of collaboration and feedback, creating curriculum based on skills that transcend disciplines, and turning ideas into actions.
The institute welcomed author and education thought leader Grant Lichtman as keynote speaker, as well as facilitator for two days of exercises in learning and sustaining innovation, different education models, and more. Lichtman's most recent book, Moving the Rock: Seven Levers WE Can Press to Transform Education, examines the state of education and the tactics you can take to transform schools.
See photos from Learn to Learn on the School's SmugMug.