July 26–28 • Boston University

NEW TEACHER
INSTITUTE

NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE

Designed specifically for the new boarding school teacher, this interactive workshop includes interactive sessions and discussion as well as the opportunity to present live lessons and receive rounds of coaching by experienced faculty.

 

You’ll join conversations and explore case studies around subjects like the culture and politics of schools, classroom management, evaluations and grading. Upon completion of the institute, participants will possess a working and applicable knowledge of curricula perspectives guided by experienced faculty; and augmented by shared discussion and the problem solving necessary for different perspectives and scenarios.

When

July 26–28

where

Boston University

who

Faculty and teaching fellows in the first year of their teaching careers

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Examine the fundamental role of the teacher in the academic, emotional, cognitive and social development of students in a boarding school setting.

Learn strategies for planning rich and robust learning experiences, assessment tools, and feedback mechanisms with students’ essential understandings and skills development as your compass.

Build a toolkit of pedagogical tools and strategies to create and manage the dynamic of your classroom and cultivate environments that support specific learning goals.

Gain real-time practice and feedback about your own instruction through robus lesson demonstration workshopping.

Unpack the latest research about how you can most effectively support the array of learning differences you may encounter in your classroom.

Learn how to design assessments and grading structures and policies that provide students with rich, timely feedback that advances their learning and contribute to a culture of equity in your classroom.

Prepare your “plan for entry” as you anticipate your first moments with your students.

Brainstorm, strategize and problem-solve with a personal network of new teachers and teaching mentors from across the boarding school industry.

FACULTY

JAY BONNER

Senior Teacher and Ambassador for Constituent Outreach, Asheville School, NC

Jay has served at Asheville School for over thirty years, first as a teacher, coach, and hall parent, and working in subsequent years as Dorm Head, Assistant Dean of Students, Dean of Faculty, Associate Head and Assistant Head for Academic Affairs.. He currently serves as Senior Teacher and Ambassador for Constituent Outreach. He began his teaching career at Brown University and the University of North Carolina Asheville. He writes for publications such as ARGO: A Hellenic Studies Journal and for Asheville Poetry Review. His most recent publications, about several #1 AM radio hits of 1969, may be found at the online journal March Faxness.

BRENT FERGUSON

Mathematics Faculty, The Lawrenceville School NJ

Brent’s experience in education includes both parenting (two daughters in different boarding schools) and teaching (math, physics, and chemistry) and coaching (swimming, water polo, and ultimate) at a number of schools, including two boarding schools: The Webb Schools (3 yrs) and The Lawrenceville School (13 yrs). As an educator, Brent has found his worthy work informed by his BA (Kenyon College, mathematics); M.Div (Princeton Theol. Seminary); much reading on pedagogy, history, and equity; and the relationship-building work that constitutes his 28 years of teaching and learning in community. Brent endeavors to learn from others earnestly, live among others intentionally, and love others generously. He is sustained by his faith, family, and friendships, and enjoys books and films, puzzles aplenty, outdoor work around the house, and sports of all kinds.

JENNIFER RUNDLES

Associate Director of Upper School, Darlington School, GA

Jennifer Rundles has worn many different hats during her time at Darlington School and Saint Mary’s School over the past 17 years. She taught Chemistry and Physics and continues to teach Chemistry, was the Association Dean of Teaching and Learning, Interim Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students at Saint Mary’s, and now the Associate Director of Upper School at Darlington School. Jennifer graduated from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS with a B.S. in Chemistry. The first few years after graduation, she worked for a pharmaceutical service company, Ingenix, and for Coca Cola Enterprise in Atlanta, GA. After recognizing education was her passion she started working on her M.A.T. in Secondary Education with the University of Phoenix. Working on her master’s degree lead her to pursue her career as an educator where she started working with Saint Mary’s in 2003. During her time at Saint Mary’s Jennifer was also a part of the residential program. She has served as a dorm faculty, A-Team leader, and as a Dorm Head. This is Jennifer’s 10th year teaching new teachers with TABS New Teacher Academy.

Advisory Groups

Please join your assigned Advisory Group. It will be the same group all week!

Jeremy LaCasse

Jennifer Rundles

New Teacher Agenda

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Monday, July 26 • Noon–4pm ET

BLOCK 1

Welcome to the Institute!

Get to know your program mentor, fellow attendees, and lead facilitators for the program. 

BLOCK 2

Cultivating Inclusivity and Belonging in the Residential Community

When our students not only learn, but also live, at our schools, the stakes for building truly inclusive communities for students of all racial, ethnic, gendered and international backgrounds are more critical than ever. What are the unwritten norms and behaviors that will allow/prevent diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) work to thrive in your school? Where is your best opportunity to proactively bring in concepts around DEI? How have you handled (or not handled) incidents around equity and inclusion? Engage with a variety of student experiences and discern key takeaways you can implement in your professional and personal practice to build relationships that instill values of equity and inclusivity and contribute to a culture of belonging at your school.

BLOCK 3

The Role of the Teacher

Examine your own memories of powerful learning experiences to unpack what it means to be an effective teacher and learner. In this session, you will explore the cognitive, emotional and relational components to creating rich learning experiences for your students.

We’ll introduce you to the elevator pitch exercise during this session.

BLOCK 4

Lesson Planning Lab and Office Hours

Use this time to connect with program faculty, mentors and classmates as you prepare your demo lesson.

TUESDAY, July 27 • Noon–4pm ET

BLOCK 1

Strategies for Classroom Management

Using a variety of resources and frameworks including Harkness discussion, assessment rubrics and case studies, participants will build a toolkit of pedagogical tools and strategies to manage the dynamic of a classroom and create environments that support specific learning goals.

BLOCK 2

Lesson Videotaping and Discussion Session 1

In this signature component of the workshop, you’ll have the chance to teach a live lesson for your classmates and mentor and gather feedback before delivering the second iteration. Just as valuable, you’ll participate in lessons facilitated by your fellow institute attendees and learn just as much, if not more, from providing feedback on their lessons.

BLOCK 3

Supporting and Celebrating Learning Differences

Description: In the boarding environment, you will likely find yourself supporting students with a diversity of learning styles and cognitive differences. This session offers an introduction to  a variety of learning differences as well as the challenges and opportunities they pose for students, and will equip you to enter your community with questions to ask about how you can best support your diverse student body. 

WEDNESDAY, July 28 • Noon–4pm ET

BLOCK 1

Mission-Driven Advising

Boarding school faculty often serve a critical role as advisors to students in their care. In this session, we’ll join with the TABS Residential and Student Life Institute to explore how we might build (or rebuild) your school’s advising curriculum from the mission statement up. Participants will be guided through exercises that they can bring back to their school and lead a process that ensures that the essential components of a school-wide advising curriculum are in place and flourishing. 

BLOCK 2

Intentional Evaluation and Assessment that Helps Students Grow

How do you know if a student has learned? In this session, you’ll learn how to give students effective and timely feedback that will enhance their learning, create organizational and grading philosophies and structures that communicate student learning, and devise an assessment that provides effective feedback for you, the teacher, about next steps.

BLOCK 3

Lesson Planning Lab and Office Hours

In this session, you’ll discuss ways that your learning environment, curriculum, and assessment and grading design and policies can create and promote a culture of equity in your classroom.

BLOCK 4

Equity in the Classroom

In this session, you’ll discuss ways that your learning environment, curriculum, and assessment and grading design and policies can create and promote a culture of equity in your classroom.

THURSDAY, July 29 • Noon–4pm ET

INDEPENDENT LEARNING

View “Communication Strategies and School Culture” in preparation for Thursday.

BLOCK 1

Embracing Difficult Conversations

Do you enjoy having difficult conversations?  How much training have you had in facilitating challenging moments with adults?  As a teacher, you will inevitably be called upon to engage in challenging conversations with students and colleagues at some point.  In this session, we will look at strategies and techniques to help you facilitate even the most difficult of talks.  

BLOCK 2

In this signature component of the workshop, you’ll have the chance to teach a live lesson for your classmates and mentor and gather feedback before delivering the second iteration. Just as valuable, you’ll participate in lessons facilitated by your fellow institute attendees and learn just as much, if not more, from providing feedback on their lessons.

BLOCK 3

New Teacher Commencement and Send Off

As a last step, prepare your “plan for entry” as you anticipate your first moments with your students. Then, celebrate the beginning of your teaching journey with your mentors and fellow attendees. 

What do people say?

I feel ridiculously more prepared now than I did before the workshop began.
Thomas Iorio
THE KISKI SCHOOL
The workshop made me feel immensely more prepared for the upcoming school year!
Ben Custer
AVON OLD FARMS School

Institute Schedule Overview

TUESDAY

JULY 26

8:00am

Registration

8:30am

Morning Sessions

12:00pm

Lunch

1:15pm

Afternoon Sessions

5:00pm

Welcome Reception

WEDNESDAY

JULY 27

8:30am

Morning Sessions

12:00pm

Lunch

1:30pm

Afternoon Sessions

5:30pm

Wrap Up

THURSDAY

JULY 28

8:30am

Morning Sessions

12:00pm

Lunch

1:15pm

Afternoon Sessions

4:30pm

Wrap Up