Trinity Episcopal School

An independent K-8 Episcopal day school five miles from the heart of Austin

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Preparing People for Extraordinary Work

Trinity's educators continually research and evaluate curriculum and teaching practices in order to ensure the quality, relevance, and effectiveness of all aspects of their work with students. The faculty embraces a "growth mindset" – a willingness to work hard, take risks, learn from mistakes, and constantly seek improvement.

The most current research in the field of education proves that the breadth and quality of a school's professional development program is directly reflected in higher levels of student achievement.  

Trinity has a great tradition of tangible support for faculty professional development. We venture out to workshops across the country, learning from top researchers and thinkers in every field.  On campus, we arrange for nationally recognized experts to coach us in improving our craft. We also travel internationally to study the best practices in the world. In addition to daily time spent working with colleagues, we meet to work together on Teachers as Lifelong Learners (TALL) Tuesdays.

Where Do Good Ideas Come From? 

 

Recent Faculty Professional Development

On-Site Workshops:

  • Katherine Bomer, literacy education expert and author of Hidden Gems and Starting with What Students Do Best, conducts sessions for us on topics such as reviewing student work, using data to inform the design of writing workshop units, and an overview of writing workshop for new faculty.
  • Kathy Collins, literacy consultant, staff developer for TCRWP, and author of Growing Readers and Reading for Real, also conducts sessions for us to help us improve our reading instruction.
  • Dr. Judy Willis, neurologist and educator, led a session for faculty titled, “Neuroscience and the Classroom:  Strategies for Maximizing Students’ Engagement, Memory, and Potentials.”
  • Consultant Kim Montague, partner of math teaching expert Pamela Harris, conducted a day-long session for Middle School math teachers on teaching, analyzing, and writing strings lessons as part of the math classroom.
  • Pia Hansen, math consultant and author of Mathematics Coaching Handbook, led multi-day sessions with K-1 math teachers discussing and modeling lessons for building number sense in young children.

Off-Campus PD:

  • Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP) at Columbia University Summer Institute (Reading and Writing)
  • TCRWP Seminar - Pathways to the Common Core: Accelerating Achievement
  • TCRWP February Mini-Institute on Content Area Literacy & the Common Core State Standards
  • Learning and the Brain National Conference(s)
  • ASCD’s Common Core and the Understanding by Design Framework: Planning Units with the End in Mind
  • Authentic Education’s Understanding by Design Train the Trainers and Supervisors Conference
  • International Society Technology Educators (ISTE) Conference
  • Texas Computer Education Association (TCEA) Convention
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) National Conference
  • Visualizing and Verbalizing training at Lindamood-Bell Workshop Conference for the Advancement of Mathematics Teaching (CAMT)
  • Texas Regional Collaboratives for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching Annual Meeting
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) Professional Development Program in Food Science
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference
  • National Art Educators Association (NAEA) National Convention
  • Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) Workshop
  • Touring an area of the world taught in Ancient History class, usually in Europe
  • Educators’ Study Tour of Japan hosted by the Japan Society in New York
  • Neuhaus Education Center Training (multiple areas including Multisensory Grammar)
  • People of Color Conference – National Association of Independent School
  • SXSWedu 

Presented at:

  • Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools  (presentation titled “Effective Blended Learning in the Elementary School Setting”)
  • Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools Conference (presentation titled “Not Just a Project:  Meaningful Interdisciplinary Collaboration”)
  • Association for Middle Level Education National Conference in Minneapolis (presentation titled “Keeping the Spark”

Areas of Professional Development

 

  • visualizing and verbalizing mathematics
  • neuroscience and the classroom
  • multisensory gammar
  • writing 
  • diversity
  • Understanding by Design
  • art education
  • STEM education
  • natural science
  • positive coaching / physical education
  • educational technology
  • designing interdisciplinary curriculum

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