Kravis Center Hosts Teacher Development Conference

Loomis Chaffee's Kravis Center for Excellence in Teaching welcomed nearly 50 teaching professionals from 36 independent schools last week for a Consortium for Teacher Development event.

Organized by Kravis Center faculty members Sara Deveaux, Rachel Nisselson, and Harrison Shure, the meeting was a follow-up to the inaugural consortium event held on campus in October. An important goal of the Consortium for Teacher Development, according to Sara, who spearheaded its creation, is to provide resources and support to teachers, and to advocate for dedicated professional development programs for in schools.

During the one-day conference on Thursday, May 2, attendees had a choice of six workshops in which to take part, and they all joined in a group discussion of "What's next?" as a capstone for the day.

Workshop topics were:

"How Coaching Supports Teachers Professional Learning," presented by Colleen Worrell, director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning at St. Mark's School.

"Lessons Learned: Using Interventions and Artifacts to Reflect on Teaching Practice," presented by Indu Singh, dean of teaching and learning at Milton Academy.

"Gathering Student Feedback: The Wellington Engagement Index," presented by Mike Eckert, director of the Class of 1964 Teaching and Learning Center at Hotchkiss School.

"Evaluating Evaluation: Shifting Practices to Inspire Teacher Reflections and Growth," presented by Kate Caspar, associate head, and Susanna Ryan, class VII dean and English instructor, at Winsor School.

"Where's the Time?," a presentation by Sara, Rachel, and Harrison about creating opportunities for professional growth that fit within the climate of a school.

A roundtable discussion about the use of Folio Collaborative, an online teacher evaluation and development forum for independent schools.

The success of the two consortium events indicates an encouraging interest for advancing professional development and support for teachers among the schools in attendance, Sara said.

For more information about the Kravis Center for Excellence in Teaching, connect to the Loomis Chaffee webpage.