GWG: 9.16.2011

posted Oct 13, 2011, 5:56 AM by   [ updated Apr 9, 2012, 11:27 AM ]
Quote of the day: "If we always do what we’ve always done, we will get what we’ve always got." - Adam Urbanski

Dear Faculty and Staff, I write this as the first installment of "Growing with Grace." I plan to e-mail you once every few weeks with upcoming interesting professional growth opportunities and other resources. The name of the game is growth. I want it to be easy to learn about what's available to you. Each returning faculty member has up to $3,100 per year to spend on professional development - this might mean a graduate school class, a residential conference, a workshop, etc. We also have additional funding available for opportunities connected specifically to your role at the school.

Here's what's coming up and looking great

Thursday, 9/22 8:30a-6:15p: NY Times Schools for Tomorrow - "Technology is transforming how we live. This conference will transform how we learn." It is available to watch online, for free all day at:

Thursday, 9/22: 3-4p: "How to Motivate Reluctant Learners" - a free webinar from ASCD with Robyn R. Jackson, author of a book by the same name.

Thursday, 9/22 4-7p: National Museum of the American Indian is hosting a free educator workshop with special tours and info for teachers. In the financial district. A lovely museum. Sarah Queen shared this info. RSVP and details here.

Saturday, 10/1 9a-4:30p: EdCampyNYC - an unconference devoted to K-12 education issues and ideas. Anyone can present or just attend. I went last year with a group of faculty and it was excellent. At The School at Columbia.

Tuesday, 10/4 4-6p: "Top 10 Lessons to Know as a New Teacher" - a fantastic panel of educators will be presenting. Join Cheryl! At Birch Wathen Lenox School, 210 E 77th St. RSVP to:

Wednesday, 10/12 10a-3:30p: iPads in the Curriculum - Innovate and Integrate: Presented by NYSAIS and hosted at Marymount School.

Saturday, 10/15 10a-3:30p: The Courage to Teach: Presented by NYSAIS spend a day looking internally at selfhood and how it relates to teaching. Focus on your own identity and integrity.

Some good reads this week

Eliminating Obstacles for Women and People of Color in Independent School Leadership - interview with head of Miss Porter's School (NAIS)

Five Hallmarks of Good Homework - an article by Cathy Vatterott about what characterstics of homework help deepen understanding (ASCD).

Levar Burton is bringing back Reading Rainbow. But as an iPad app! (Fast Company)

My Family's Experiment in Extreme Schooling - a reporter who moves his family to Russia from the US enrolls his kids in Russian-speaking schools in the hopes that they become fluent in Russian. How hard is it to be an outsider? (NY Times)

Never Ask 'Does That Make Sense?' - argued by Jerry Weissman about using that phrase while giving a presentation. He talks about that and other filler phrases that people tend to use. (Harvard Business Review)

I hope you found this helpful. I'd love to hear your feedback on this e-mail, but also if you know about great things that I should include here in the future. I want it to be most useful to you, so share your needs and desires.

Happy weekend,