Collaboration and Professional Development

Our Academic Dean, Sarah Doenmez, and our committee of Academic Department Chairs came up with the idea of having an "unconference" to start out the new year. An "unconference" takes place when an institution holds an internal conference taking advantage of internal knowledge. We have a wonderful team of educators who are constantly innovating, practicing tried and true methods, and experimenting with new approaches to learning. On Monday, eight different teachers presented ideas they are trying out in their classrooms. Each of was asked to attend two sessions and I was fortunate to sneak into all of them.

Arts Department Chair Jenny Foreman discussed the benefits of incorporating movement in a class.

Arts Department Chair Jenny Foreman discussed the benefits of incorporating movement in a class.

World Language Chair Nellie Herman talked about using the latest brain research on long term memory in her classes.

World Language Chair Nellie Herman talked about using the latest brain research on long term memory in her classes.

Math Chair John Adams discussed how he "flips" his classroom by having students watch videos of his lectures for homework before working on problems with him in class.

Math Chair John Adams discussed how he "flips" his classroom by having students watch videos of his lectures for homework before working on problems with him in class.

History Chair Rodrigo Villaamil demonstrating how uses images to teach history.

History Chair Rodrigo Villaamil demonstrating how uses images to teach history.

Math teacher Jonathan Weis demonstrating how he has students answer questions collaboratively.

Math teacher Jonathan Weis demonstrating how he has students answer questions collaboratively.

History teacher Erin Bouton leading a "Harkness" discussion.

History teacher Erin Bouton leading a "Harkness" discussion.

Technology teacher Jason Cox talking about "STEM" projects.

Technology teacher Jason Cox talking about "STEM" projects.

Academic Dean Sarah Doenmez explaining her us of a questions based curriculum.

Academic Dean Sarah Doenmez explaining her us of a questions based curriculum.

Many of us found the day to be empowering. Discussions spilled over into lunch and ideas for future collaborative efforts were hatched. 

Next, we will discuss writing across the curriculum.