Creating A Learning Community…

First Phase Benchmarks: August 2007 - August 2008

• Conducted a faculty study and discussion of the book A Whole New Mind and the video Did You Know.
• Headmaster wrote essays throughout the school year on each “sense” discussed in A Whole New Mind, continuing continuity in mission and theme.
• Established this learning community wiki.
• Presented student multimedia projects in a faculty meeting, discussing the process and what worked and what did not.
• Participated in a hands-on arts integration seminar, spearheaded by Carol Yeaman.
• Viewed Sir Ken Robison’s How to Kill Creativity and Marco Torrez' Digital Kids in Analog Schools.
• Conducted teacher focus group discussions K-12 to foster examination, reflection, and collaboration in professional practice, including the shared creation of teaching and learning frameworks. Click here to for the frameworks.
• Shared and celebrated effective student-centered approaches that teachers have historically used, i.e. thematic, project-based, and interdisciplinary.
• Explored weaving technology into instruction as teams or individuals in hands-on sessions during the school year.
• Offered several International Society of Technology in Education webinars.
• Spurred Upper School faculty to weave in technology through class-by-class sessions in Upper School technology lab, training both students and teachers.
• Visited internationally acclaimed technology teacher Vicki Davis’ classroom---a.k.a. Cool Cat Teacher—and Wrights Mill Road Elementary, an award-winning school in the use of technology, to learn of best practices.
• Individual teachers supported formally and informally throughout the year based on their needs in various areas, i.e. curriculum, instruction, assessment.
• Twenty-seven teachers participated in the MA 21st Century Teaching Community Network summer offerings, with fourteen of the twenty-seven attending more than one session. Sessions customized for teachers were extremely popular. Topics ranged from iWeb and wikis to curriculum design, student-centered instruction, assessment, and classroom management. Sessions were led by John McWilliams, Sarah Singleton, and Emily Vickery.
• Foreign language teachers (k-12) worked with a consultant in June for three days on curriculum, instruction, and assessment.
• First-year results shared at the Building Learning Communities conference in Boston, where it was very well received.
• In summer 2008, teachers participated in numerous professional learning opportunities off campus.
• Teacher recognition: Beelee Tullos, Connie Deal, Jennifer Grant