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Professional Development Roundup

3/6/2017
Ursuline’s faculty and staff continue to go above and beyond to master their craft.

Our professional learning framework encourages teachers to grow in five key areas: leadership, pedagogy, technology, mission and heritage, and subject knowledge.

Ursuline’s 19 collaborative learning groups have explored different approaches to assessment and strategies for empowering students to succeed. Other peer-led research groups have discussed teaching strategies for authentic engagement and making a classroom multicultural.

Highlights from the school year:
  • Faculty members participated in online curriculum through our One Schoolhouse partnership.
    • Fifteen teachers took Untangled: Educating Adolescent Girls, which gave educators a broad framework for understanding girls. Lisa Damour, director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, presented her best-selling book, Untangled, which reveals developmental transitions and advice on how to engage girls in smart, constructive ways.
    • Faculty members also took Introduction to Personalized Learning (seven), and Introduction to Blended Learning (five).
  • Eight faculty members are shadowing six students during a full A and B day schedule as part of the Student Shadow Program. The voluntary program gives teachers insight into student experiences.
  • Notable peer-led workshop panels: Project-Based Learning, Digital Portfolios, Formative Assessment Strategies, Standards-Based Grading, Schemas (Mind Maps), Emotional Wellness, Embody Love, Supporting Freshmen Roundtable, Managing Parent/Student Discussions, Running a Cohesive Advisory.
  • Seven teachers became certified in FIERCE conversations. The conversation model encouraged honest, transparent language. They went on to train the faculty during a two-day workshop.
  • Teachers pursued advanced degrees and certifications and attended webinars, local lectures, and conferences. Some of the conferences attended:
    • People of Color Conference, Educational Theatre Association, Embody Love Workshop, Dallas Ministry Conference, ISAS Conference, Momentous Institute, TFLA Conference, Western History Association, Central Province Ursuline Schools, Summer Programs and Auxiliary Revenue, America Council on Teaching Foreign Language Conference, National Council of Teaching English, American Historical Association Conference, Teaching Mindset with Jo Boaler, Mental Health America’s Adolescent Symposium, National Art Education Association, Learning and the Brain, Foundations in Art and Theory, National Council of Teachers of Math, National Chinese Language Conference, National Catholic Educator’s Association, Harkness Method Institute, Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.