Professional Development Enhances Learning for Faculty and Staff

In addition to planning for classes and balancing their various duties this school year, our faculty and staff have continued their own educational journeys with professional development opportunities near and far. By attending teaching workshops and institutes, going to or presenting at various conferences, or completing online coursework, Foxcroft’s teachers and administrative staff are bringing invaluable experiences and information back to benefit the School’s people, program, and plant.
LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Conferences & Courses:
  • English Department Chair Steve McCarty, French teacher and Global Studies Concentration Coordinator Anne Mueller, Director of STEM Education Kristine Varney, and Director of International Student Services Rebecca Wise — Mastery Transcript Consortium Site Directors Meeting
  • Director of the Innovation Lab and History Department Chair Alex Northrup:
    • AP Human Geography Academy: “Resiliency and Change in Modern Urban Landscapes”
    • International Society for Technology in Education, Creative Constructor Lab
    • Virginia Society for Technology in Education Annual Conference
    • National Consortium for Teaching Asia, Teaching about Contemporary China through Youth Culture and Contemporary Social Issues
  • Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Senior Associate Director of Enrollment Lauren Lewis — Association of Independent Maryland and DC Schools (AIMS) Baltimore Student Diversity Leadership Conference
  • Director of the Library Jennifer Boudrye and Library Assistant Ryan Farrington — Family Online Safety Institute (FOSI) Conference
  • Assistant Head of School for Student Life Emily Johns — The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Annual Conference
  • Director of College Counseling Barbara Conner — National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) National Conference
  • English teacher Anne Burridge — Jane Austen Society of North America's Annual General Meeting
  • Alex Northrup and Kristine Varney — Modern Learners Lab with Gary Stager and Will Richardson
Online courses:
  • Head of School Cathy McGehee — Mastery Transcript Consortium Professional Learning: Journey towards Mastery Learning Course “Graduate Profile: Define Success for All Learners”
  • Student Life and Learning Center Assistant and Lead Dorm Parent Ellie Meyer — Landmark Outreach Online Classes “Understanding Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dysgraphia” and “Supporting Students’ Reading: Phonemic Awareness to Comprehension”
Certifications:
  • Gary Lee of the Maintenance team — recertified as an Aquatic Facility Operator by the National Recreation and Park Association
PRESENTING/TEACHING
  • Lauren Lewis presented at two conferences this fall:
    • The Multicultural Resource Center (MCRC) at the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools (ADVIS) Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Conference. Along with Germantown Academy colleague Anika O. Walker-Johnson, Ms. Lewis presented on “Bridging the Gap in Admission, Retention, and Re-engagement of Students, Families, and Alumni of Color” and examined strategies for the holistic education and support of students of color across the school.
    • The NAIS People of Color Conference. Ms. Lewis and her colleagues Ms. Walker-Johnson (Germantown Academy, PA), LeRhonda Greats (Viewpoint School, CA), Johara Tucker (Head-Royce School, CA), and Thérèse Collins (Northfield Mount Hermon School, MA) shared strategies for developing professional sisterhoods among women of color at independent schools, with specific ideas on how to maintain authenticity and value in these networks.
  • Emily Johns, Assistant Dean for Residential Life Josie Ross, and Assistant Head of School for Academics Courtney Ulmer presented at the National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS) Educating Girls Symposium: Leading Schools, Leading Girls: Preparing for the Future. In their presentation, “Turning Leadership Inside Out: Moving towards authentic, values-based leadership,” the team shared approaches for school-wide development of a values-based leadership curriculum that connects girls with their community inside and out.
  • World Languages Department Chair Esther Sánchez delivered her presentation, “Spanish, STEAM, and Skills: From the Pre-Columbian Civilizations to Today's World,” at the Foreign Language Association of Virginia Fall Conference. Sra. Sánchez highlighted how her innovative pre-Columbian Civilizations curriculum integrates STEAM projects and helps students develop skills such as critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.
  • Steve McCarty, Anne Mueller, and Rebecca Wise presented on the Faculty Conversations program, a grassroots initiative to stimulate more cross-disciplinary conversation and collaboration among the faculty at Foxcroft, at the Virginia Association of Independent Schools’ (VAIS) Leading Learning Annual Conference.
  • As we shared earlier this semester, several faculty members presented at the VAIS Festival of the Arts.
PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS
  • Throughout the 2019-20 school year:
    • In addition to serving on the boards for NCGS and VAIS, Cathy McGehee is serving as a chairperson for the VAIS Heads Conference Planning Committee; serving on the VAIS Strategic Visioning Committee and AISGW Member Services Committee; and facilitating a conversation series for NCGS, “Headways for Head of School: Leading the Way” (an online conversation and networking series).
    • Chief Operating Officer Deborah Anderson is serving on the Mid-South Independent School Business Officers (MISBO) Board of Directors.
    • Director of Institutional Advancement Marion Couzens is serving as a member of the AISGW Development Committee.
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