Your Annual Fund Dollars at Work!

Just this month, faculty members from Academy Schools have been ‘out and about’, attending conferences and workshops.

An article on states, “The National Staff Development Council (2007) created a set of nine standards that all professional development should follow. They include content knowledge and quality teaching, research-basis, collaboration, diverse learning needs, student learning environments, family involvement, evaluation, data-driven design, and teacher learning.”

Above and beyond the Clock Hours needed to keep teaching certificates current and meet state requirements, professional development is vital, providing teachers with support and knowledge to promote student motivation and understanding, to implement learning standards across the curriculum, and to introduce new strategies and ideas to engage all learners. Academy Schools is committed in supporting and empowering its teachers with opportunities to grow professionally and personally.

Here are just some of the books our teachers are reading this summer…

UDL Now!: A Teacher’s Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning in Today’s Classrooms by Katie Novak

Belonging and Becoming: The Power of Social and Emotional Learning in High Schools by Barbara Cervone

Asperger Syndrome and the Elementary School Experience: Practical Solutions for Academic & Social Difficulties by Susan Thompson Moore

While students are unwinding and enjoying their summer routines, members of Academy Schools’ teaching team are busy! Ms. Dunne recently spent two days in Tacoma attending workshops on The Daily 5, a well-regarded framework that supports literacy and aids students in developing life habits in reading and writing. Also in this series was an intensive introduction to The Literacy CAFÉ System, a strategic program that promotes the core components for successful reading. To top it off, there was a math component.

Mrs. Maria, Mrs. Arntzen and Ms. St. John spent a week at the Staff Development for Educators (SDE) National Conference where they were immersed in research-based approaches to student-centered environments, practical applications for learning, as well as the science of learning, with a whole lot of social, emotional and cognitive development added in. The outcome from these five days of intensive professional development will strengthen all areas of learning in Lower School, and throughout the entire school, as they share what they have learned during valuable staff meetings.

The important point to make is that Academy Schools couldn’t provide this essential support of our teachers without your Annual Fund contributions. Thank you for making these outreach opportunities possible! We’ll report on more about teachers as learners in the weeks ahead!

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