October has been an active conference-participation period for our faculty. Early in the month, a group of our Lower School teachers attended the Project Zero Perspectives conference, “Learning Together, Leading Together,” in Washington. Among the themes explored were “Encouraging Creativity and ‘Maker Thinking’ in Children” and “Global Citizenship in the Digital Age.” The teachers returned to campus with new ideas to use in their classrooms.
On October 14, teachers from our Middle and Upper Schools gave professional presentations at the Virginia Association of Independent Schools’ “Leading Learning Conference,” including Middle School Spanish teacher Meghan Coakley’s “Using iBooks Author in the Spanish Classroom;” Modern Language Department Chair Jill Moore’s “Take a Tip from the Students — Lose Your Textbook!;” and Upper School Learning Specialist Silvia Moore’s “How Do Failure and Self-Efficacy Impact Student Engagement in Mathematics? And, Everything Else?” Additionally, Assistant Director of the Middle School Tanya Salewski moderated a group session, titled “Beyond the Big Projects: How do you instill ownership of learning? How is a student aware of the goals of the assignment? What ways can students actively be involved in measuring growth?”
At the Online Education Strategies for Independent Schools’ (OESIS) Conference in Boston, on October 17, Middle and Upper School teachers presented on topics pertaining to the Classes of the Future, including: “Geometry Mindfulness and Discovery,” presented by Upper School Math teacher Harrell Rentz, and “Ancient Civilizations 3D Modeling and Augmented Reality,” presented by Fifth/Sixth Grade teacher Lori Emerick and Technology Integration Specialist Sam Moser.