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Every year, each division chooses an area for faculty members to explore so they can stay abreast of current trends in education. The faculty focus begins with summer reading and continues throughout the year with discussions, guest speakers, and pilot programs in order to help teachers understand the topics more fully and to provide a forum in which to integrate theory with practice. Faculty Fellowships Faculty fellowships serve to allow teachers to work during the summer on projects that further the mission and strategic plan of the school.
Possible opportunities include curriculum development, the piloting of an idea, or training that benefits a larger group. To learn more about recent faculty fellowships, please click on any of the expanding boxes below:. Miriam Solms and Janie Banse developed the LS Monarch Project for grades K-4 to introduce students to the skills needed for each grade's project approach work.
This initial skill instruction will occur during the first six weeks of school while we raise and release monarch butterflies. Each grade will have its own monarch subtopic through which they will be taught the following Stanza Claymont sex interviewing experts, drawing observations, reading and writing nonfiction, reading and creating info-graphics, note-taking, creating displays and models, and appropriate tech skills. In addition to this first Stanza Claymont sex, Mrs. Solms and Mrs. Banse will be available to support and collaborate with Lower School project work in grades K-4 throughout the year.
The middle school math fellowship has begun to revise the middle school math curriculum to better meet the needs of our current students. The faculty has worked to find how best to incorporate Singapore methods into our classroom while being mindful of differentiation needs for remediation and enrichment. First, faculty identified key content strands needed for each grade level from fourth through Algebra I using state and national standards as a reference for an easier transition for incoming students.
Next, the faculty began to develop a pacing guide for each grade level and class, from fourth through Algebra I to achieve vertical alignment. Throughout the school year, the faculty will create new placement tests that will align with the newly developed curriculum and refined pacing guides.
Last fall, History classes in the Upper School piloted an on-line academic integrity tutorial for all students. Margie Kuzminski used the and evaluation of this test run, as well as new skills in generating immediate response-based feedback, to create four more modules. Two of the modules are organized on the evaluation of specific scenarios depicting student engagement with questions of academic integrity.
One module focuses specifically on recognition of plagiarism, and a final module is a remediation tool for students who have encountered difficulty in applying the Honor Code to their work. The self-contained, online, interactive modules provide resources to strengthen a school culture that prioritizes the implementation of the Honor Code by Stanza Claymont sex students in all classes. They can be easily edited and updated to reflect current issues and can scaffold the creation of department-specific tutorials.
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Curriculum Mapping received an overhaul this summer! Michele Daniel-Shenk and Erica Deane launched our internal curriculum mapping system. The process started with researching best practices using Google for curriculum mapping. They led teachers through the creation, collection, organization, and updating our curriculum maps. Once individual maps were created, Michele and Erica coded and integrated a system that would automatically update an internal website that is searchable by course, grade, and subject.
They will continue to improve on this system as they receive feedback from faculty over the school year. Margie Kuzminski Academic Integrity Tutorial. Margie Kuzminski sought to continue to institutionalize Honor Code principles and strengthen its positive role in our school culture by increasing student engagement with the knowledge and skills necessary to achieve academic integrity.
After extensive research, an investigation into existing resources and best practices, and much experimentation with Google forms and classroom, Margie created a self-contained, interactive, online tutorial that each Upper School student can complete in the Advisory setting to provide a common language for and experience of expectations of academic integrity. Student completion of the exercises can be easily tracked and analyzed, helping to identify gaps in understanding and mastery.
When warranted, she met with students to offer academic assessments and then with parents to offer guidance. Ultimately, she was able to determine whether or not our Learning Center can provide the support these students need in order to be successful at Highland. For their faculty fellowship, Ronnie Ross, Elaine Patry, Megan Catalfamo, and Margie Kuzminski deed a new class, specifically geared toward the freshman transition: Freshman Seminar.
ly, freshmen had taken Wellness and Technology Essentials. Now, elements of those two classes are merged into the new class, along with other lessons on Stanza Claymont sex it means to be a successful student at Highland. The class is co-taught by a host of Highland faculty and freshmen will be mentored by Highland student leaders.
Topics in the new class range from mental health, developing a sense of identity, programming, and interdisciplinary research. These topics are typically taught in week units which are timed with the Highland schedule for maximum relevancy to the students. SEES students learn the basic skills and methods of business and nonprofit startups, and use these to identify, research, propose, and present solutions to complex, unsolved, real-world environmental problems of their choosing, in consultation with experts in their chosen field.
This program includes a new 'Social Entrepreneurship' course, open to all 10th- to 12th-grade Highland School students, in which students visit with and solve entrepreneurial problems for local business owners. The course uses a methodology developed by Doris Korda of Stanza Claymont sex Education, who has helped dozens of schools pilot and sustain social entrepreneurship programs around the country, leading workshops like the one that Hank and Nate attended in Columbus in January in order to prepare to launch this exciting offering for Highland students.
Nate and the SEES committee have been building a network of local entrepreneurial and environmental contacts to arrange site visit locations and outside expert sponsorships for the program. In anticipation of implementing a project approach in their classrooms, this group did some reading over the summer to be current on best practice. They will attend a workshop in November at the Duke School in North Carolina to dive deeper into the process and phases of the Project Approach.
Their goal is to plan and implement a project using this approach in each of our classrooms by the spring. They want to use this approach in Pre-K because they saw how beautifully the project approach worked in the Lower School garden and Monarch studies. They look forward to building a unique ature program for Pre-K students. She researched best practices for student-driven peer tutoring and reached out to the directors of high school and college Writing Centers for advice on starting and maintaining a Writing Center.
She will continue this project throughout the year, arranging the physical space to be effective and welcoming, coordinating and supporting the student consultants, and promoting the Writing Center among the faculty and student body. She will meet with members of the Upper School faculty and staff throughout the first semester to determine how best to leverage the Writing Center to meet the needs of our students. What does it mean to cultivate citizens of the world? They created a vision of the Highland Global Citizen and clarified the process for the candidates and Global Studies Advisors by making use of timelines, proposal examples, and clear instructions with deadlines.
Renee also met with ABC and law enforcement agents to better understand current alcohol and drug use patterns.
Renee will use this information to create presentations for the faculty about current drug and alcohol trends, s and symptoms of use, treatment, and research about the effect of the use on the brain before the age of David Robertson oversaw the transformation of a classroom from a music room into an engineering laboratory given in honor of the Class of His duties included establishing a budget for the project, as well as making decisions regarding color schemes, materials, cabinet de, and classroom furniture.
He worked with the Business Manager and the Director of Advancement to assure the finances were being tracked. Robertson also collaborated with his fellow faculty members to ensure the room Stanza Claymont sex provide the flexibility to support both engineering and physics classes.
Ronnie Ross English Department Handbook. Overall, the purpose of the handbook is to standardize department-wide expectations and language in order to provide a clearly scaffolded English experience for Highland students. The handbook certainly covers areas such as proper MLA formatting, grammar, and mechanics. However, beyond these "basics" it discusses topics as far-ranging as best practices in research, the most commonly used literary and rhetorical devices, and the basics of the essay. It also provides guidance on writing with fluidity and power.
The English Department handbook codifies much that is already existent in the department's teaching in a form that can serve as a resource for students. They studied how to develop essential questions, create a sense of urgency in student learning, provide a safe environment for authentic student inquiry, assess appropriately, and integrate outside experts. They examined the intersection between student led inquiry and learning specific skills and content. Using this study, they then deed a 5th grade PBL curriculum that teaches the existing 5th grade science content by answering the essential questions: What does a habitat that supports pollinators look like?
The teachers will continue to collaborate on this project in the science classroom, the library, and with field trips to a native plants focused farm throughout the year. Sessions for this first year could include a book group discussion of The Great Gatsby, a Philosophy seminar, a hands-on Physics class, and a presentation on parenting.
Highland Night School is deed to showcase faculty talent, further Highland Stanza Claymont sex a cultural center in the community, and encourage lifetime learning generally. Angeline Cancio-Bello planned a customized student trip to the Spain Andalusian region. Family homestay and school visits will play an integral part in this travel abroad experience. In addition to this, provides a venue to support our Global Studies Program. This cultural immersion trip includes a diverse program, which incorporates history, art, music, nature, and culinary activities that Spain offers.
The goal of this fellowship is to create a new student survey which is informative, useful, relevant, and accurate for the teachers and the Highland administration.
A few general demographic grade level, sex, and extracurricular activities questions will be added so that responses can sorted byif applicable. Each question is deed to be pertinent, clear, single issue, and bias free. Quantitative data will also be collected on student interest, participation, and work habits in the class. Comment sections will be included with most questions.Stanza Claymont sex
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