The Professional Day for faculty and staff on Tuesday, February 22, offered an excellent opportunity to share the incredible in-house expertise present at St. Patrick’s. Our Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) creates a structure for faculty and staff to learn with and from each other during the year, and we put that format to good use for a portion of a busy Professional Day, with two rounds of 30-minute sessions. As a community committed to pursuing educational best practices with thoughtfulness and determination and engaging in a love of learning, TLCs allow faculty and staff ready access to learning experiences. TLC sessions range from sharing expertise and passions to roundtable discussions to engaging in new initiatives.
Tuesday’s 14 distinct offerings by 20 members of the faculty and staff highlighted the depth of expertise in our Day School community. Sessions included introductions to topics such as Positive Discipline and the Orff model of music, exposing newer community members to institutional programs, and deep dives on enhancing classroom culture. Other faculty and staff shared shortened versions of their presentations at national conferences on evolving curriculum work in the area of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Offerings provided faculty and staff opportunities to consider ideas about differentiated instruction, student agency in projects, and building relationships through advisory—and even a chance to learn more about the Business Office and robust employee benefits through an exciting game of Jeopardy.
Surveyed faculty and staff reflected on the effectiveness of the format, wishing for even more time with one another. One individual noted, “Our colleagues are wonderful and amazing! It was great seeing so many different people and interacting across divisions.”
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