This course is designed as an orientation for newly hired educators who are new to the independent school community. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the missions, cultures and learning environments of their school before arriving on campus. They will learn how they impact the classroom environment and explore ways to create a collaborative student-centered learning space.
Participants will explore current research and theories to answer questions including:
During this program, participants will spend four hours on coursework for each unit and can set their own pace each week. At the end of the three-week course, teachers will have a clearer sense of what it means to work in an independent school and how to create a classroom atmosphere and curriculum to maximize the way a student learns. Classes are conducted asynchronously, so there is no single time each week when participants are required to be online. Coursework and assignments for each unit open on Monday morning, and should be completed by the following Sunday evening. Participants will connect and collaborate with each other through several forms of interactive media, including short videos, and discussion boards.
98% of participants said that they would recommend this course to a colleague
97% of participants said that course content met objectives set for the course
100% of participants said that they received helpful feedback and support from facilitators
“I loved the insights from independent school teachers and the opportunity to identify and do personal self-reflection on each section.” –Teacher from California
“Even if you think you know independent schools, it's still worth taking this course.” –Teacher from California
MEET THE FACILITATOR
Peter Gow, Independent Curriculum Resource Director at One Schoolhouse, is the course facilitator. Previously, the Executive Director of the Independent Curriculum Group, he worked to build connections and support schools of all kind. Peter has published widely and presented on a range of topics related to curriculum, professional development, and school improvement, and he is the author of An Admirable Faculty (NAIS, 2005), The Intentional Teacher (Avocus, 2009), and What Is A School? (Publish Green, 2011). He is a founder of the #PubPriBridge movement, fostering connection between public and private schools. His co-facilitator for the course is Brad Rathgeber, Head of School of One Schoolhouse, a veteran teacher, and administrator in independent schools.
Course Facilitator: Peter Gow