News Archive

Posted 06/28/2018 09:26AM

A Time to Learn

As summer begins, students across the nation are sent home with their annual summer reading assignments. At CDS, faculty and staff, administrators and trustees also have a summer reading assignment. This year’s book, What School Could Be: Insights and Inspiration from Teachers Across America by Ted Dintersmith, is a perfect choice to usher in this new school year that will ramp up the opportunities for innovation across all divisions at CDS.

Summer break also provides a welcome opportunity for the personal and professional growth of our faculty and administrators. Once again CDS faculty and administrators are engaged in a variety of interesting activities that will enrich their work with our students and our school community. We’d like to recognize and share with you some of their summer pursuits: 

Head of School, Ryan Kelly attended EmTech Next 2018 at MIT in Cambridge, MA to learn about the emerging technologies behind global trends and the implications for the future of work. He also attended the 2018 ISACS Leadership Academy: The Business of Leading Schools at Northwestern University. Designed in partnership with The Kellogg Center for Non-Profit Management, The Academy broadens and deepens the business education of school heads to enable them to more effectively lead their schools. 

Trudi Buscemi, Lower School Head, took a 30-hour Orton-Gillingham course to learn how to assess and teach phonemic awareness using a multi sensory approach. Phonemic awareness is the number one predictor of reading success.

Assistant Lower School Heads, Stacey Hendershot and Anna Boodoo are completing an online IB workshop in Pedagogical Leadership. 

Lisa Vicencio, PYP Coordinator, and Ruth Piazza, ECC PYP Lead Teacher and kindergarten teacher, attended the Florida Association of IB World Schools (FLIBS) quarterly meeting in June to discuss the new changes in the PYP with other PYP coordinators, teachers and administrators. Lisa Vicencio will also spend the month of July at George Mason University taking the class, Inquiry Into Practice, which is part of her masters program in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in International Baccalaureate. 

During post-planning all kindergarten and elementary teachers participated in on-site trainings for Everyday Math and a reading comprehension program called Making Meaning. The ECC faculty received training in COR Advantage, High Scope’s child assessment tool.

In June, first grade teachers Heather Overton and Ashley Martin-Culet attended “Making the PYP Happen in the Classroom” workshop in Atlanta. Danielle Theriault, new 5th grade teacher, also traveled to Atlanta to attend an IB PYP Exhibition workshop.

In July, Sandya Nuthalapati, new elementary computer teacher and math coach, and Katharine Mosher, new second grade teacher, will attend “Making the PYP Happen in the Classroom” in Austin, TX.

Sabrina McCartney led a workshop for MYP Individuals and Societies teachers in Atlanta and will also be leading Head of School/Coordinator IB workshops in Baltimore, Toronto, and Texas.

In May, middle school and upper school MYP teachers attended MYP trainings:

  • Jaime Melton, US Language A teacher - MYP Category 3 Creating Authentic Units
  • Mindy Gilbert, new MS Language A teacher - MYP category 1 language and literature
  • Sapna Patel, MS Math Department Chair and teacher - MYP category 1 mathematics
  • Jennifer Stanley, MS Humanities teacher - MYP individuals and Societies Category 2

Jennifer Stanley will also attend The World Positive Education Accelerator (WPEA) at the end of June. This event is organized by the International Positive Education Network (IPEN). The 2018 WPEA will elevate the inspiration and ideas of over 1,200 researchers, educators, practitioners, positive psychologists, agents of change and other parties interested in promoting both academic achievement and character virtue development. 

Sara Rubinstein, Upper School Head, and Krista Diamond, Director of Counseling Services and US School Counselor, along with CDS upper school students will be presenting at the 2018 Conference in July. They will share with educators from throughout Florida a variety of specific strategies to promote caring leadership for and by students. Abby Johnson, MS School Counselor, and Donna Holyman, Chair of US PE & Health and Head Girls Soccer Coach, will also attend this conference.

Upper School Assistant Head, John Horsington, will spend three weeks in Cambridge, MA teaching math at the Oxford Study Courses (OSC) Pre IBDP Summer School. World-class IB teachers from top IB schools globally are recruited to teach at this summer program that provides educational support for IB DP students. 100% of the profits from this program are contributed to educational good causes.

Additional activities for upper school faculty include:

  • Nada Williams, Chair of US Science and biology teacher, is going to Exeter this summer for a summer program
  • US and MS Performing Arts teachers, Colleen McEvoy and Michelle McCarty will be in NYC for theater professional development
  • Nadiya Polezhaeva, new US French teacher, is continuing work on her MA degree in French at Middlebury University

Todd Broyles, IT Director, Chris Flynn, Network Engineer, and Jim Marshall, Technology Support Specialist, attended ISTE 2018 in Chicago. The ISTE Conference is the most influential edtech event in the world and is attended by thousands of educators looking to harness the power of technology to advance learning and teaching. ISTE provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to gain hands-on learning experience with the latest in education technology solutions from hundreds of organizations.

Summer is a time to kick back and unwind after the school year. We hope that all of our students and their families are finding a happy and healthy balance of fun and learning! 

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