July 26–29

NEW TEACHER
INSTITUTE

NEW TEACHER INSTITUTE

Designed specifically for the new boarding school teacher, this interactive workshop presented on a Google Classroom platform will include recorded information to review prior to interactive sessions, live discussion and the opportunity to present recorded lessons and receive rounds of constructive critique 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. This workshop will also provide small inactive group work as well as one on one coaching. Upon completion of workshop 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. Throughout the institute, faculty will model a variety of pedagogical strategies you can transfer directly into your classroom on day one.

When

July 26–29 • Noon–4pm ET

where

Virtual

who

For Staff New to Teaching

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.

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

Schedule is subject to change.