“It feels great to be back with so many wonderful colleagues,” said Junior High Teacher Malia Lytle. “They’re like family.”
The instructional focus of this year’s in-service training is “Developing a Professional Learning Community.”
“We are using the teachings of Dr. Carol Dweck regarding the development of a growth mindset to challenge ourselves as a faculty to seek opportunities, both collaboratively and individually, to strive for growth and excellence, “ said Director of Student and Staff Development Chris McMorrow.
According to Dweck, a professor of Psychology at Stanford University and leading researcher in the field of motivation, “people with a growth mindset…see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort.”
By identifying how the growth mindset will play into lesson planning, feedback systems, and our collaboration with students, parents and outside professionals, Chris says “we will set the tone for the entire school year.”
Even before staff returned to the San Mateo campus, professional development was already underway via two pre-readings:
Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great
By Jim Collins
Adult Relationships Within the Schoolhouse
By Roland S. Barth
“I chose these two treatises, because they support our theme perfectly,” said John. “In the Good to Great piece, Jim Collins writes about ‘getting the right people on the bus’ and having a shared vision of how to take an organization to the next logical level of its development. The Roland Barth piece speaks to the importance of having a highly collegiate and collaborative environment and culture to both serve our students and help us maximize our potential for our own growth and development.”
“I was excited to see attention focused on these issues,” said Mary Stadler. “These readings are something we can talk about—and continue to refer to—all year.”
Additionally, time will be spent further strengthening skills related to the use of supportive technologies, social thinking techniques and mindfulness practices in the classroom.
“Ongoing professional development is crucial to helping our students have the best possible experience at Stanbridge,” said John. “Teachers have a pedagogical obligation to remain current with best practices, assistive technologies, and the latest instructional methods. Having a growth mindset (as opposed to a fixed one) is vital to our success.”
Classes begin Monday, August 24th.