I Believe in our faculty and the work they do each day to live out our mission.

One of the many reasons I believe in our faculty is because they have a growth-mindset and see themselves as learners right along side our young scholars in Lower School.

As part of our faculty growth and evaluation program at Ravenscroft, each faculty member is asked to develop a professional growth plan that will support their growth as an educator and have a positive impact on learning in their classroom.

When creating the professional growth plans, faculty are challenged to phrase their goals in the form of a question in order to understand the why behind their goal. They also must identify how working toward the goal will impact student learning.

During the past few weeks, Mrs. Stapleton (Assistant Head of Lower School) and I have been meeting with all Lower School faculty members to review and discuss their professional growth plans for the 15-16 school year.  We have been extremely proud of our Lower School faculty because it is clear they have a strong desire to learn and grow for the betterment of the scholars in their classrooms.

Here are just a few examples of the goal questions being asked by Lower School faculty members:

  • How can I be more intentional about giving students more frequent and helpful feedback?
  • How can we teach study skills in 5th grade to enhance student learning?
  • How can implementing Number Talks regularly in my classroom curriculum improve students’ number sense and overall understanding of math concepts?
  • How can I use the data from formative and summative assessments to guide and differentiate instruction based on the expected learning outcomes in mathematics?
  • How can I increase and enhance my conceptual understanding of the STEM model and successfully implement authentic STEM experiences in our program?
  • How can I help to create a more culturally inclusive classroom environment, school, and world by authentically integrating our “culturally inclusive” competency into the curriculum?
  • How can I use what I am learning at the Lead from Here training sessions to create more learning opportunities in the classroom and the broader school community to extend our Citizen-Leader framework?  How can I share what I am learning with my colleagues and network of professionals to help them grow along with me?
  • How will I construct, model, monitor, and adjust feedback in order to positively impact student learning? How can I set SMART goals for this task?
  • How can I improve learning in science labs using group discussion and feedback?
  • How can I maximize student learning and engagement by considering new ways to use the new iPads minis / Chromebooks in Kindergarten and the Lower School?

 

Our institutional goal asks:

How can we maximize student learning by considering new ways to use classroom time, assessments, and the Lead From Here competencies?

Our divisional goal asks:

How can we further refine and utilize best practices of professional learning communities to enhance and improve student learning across all subject areas?

 

As you can see from the questions we are asking here at Ravenscroft, we continue to strive for excellence in all that we do and we are committed to providing our scholars with a top-notch 21st century education.

 

I Believe in our faculty and the work they do each day to live out our mission.

Image from: http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/developing-growth-mindset-teachers-and-staff

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