Faculty Professional Development

Preparing People for Extraordinary Work

Our educators continually research and evaluate curriculum and teaching practices 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 are 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. Our educators travel internationally to study the best practices in the world. In addition to daily time spent working with colleagues, we designate one Tuesday each month as a TALL Tuesday (Teachers as Leaders and Learners), where faculty and staff meet in small groups to collaborate and share best practices.

Areas of Professional Development

  • Visualizing and verbalizing mathematics
  • Neuroscience and the classroom
  • Multisensory grammar
  • Writing
  • Diversity
  • Understanding by design
  • Art education
  • STEM education
  • Natural science
  • Positive coaching / physical education
  • Educational technology
  • Designing interdisciplinary curriculum

Off-Campus Examples

As Participants

  • Education First Educational Tours: Paris (Understanding the Program for International Student Assessment) and Helsinki (Studying One of the Top Education Systems in the World)
  • 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 for Technology in Education (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
  • 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 and Language Enrichment)
  • People of Color Conference — National Association of Independent Schools
  • SXSW EDU
  • Diversity Leadership Institute — National Association of Independent Schools

As Presenters

  • 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”)
  • National Association of Episcopal Schools Biennial Conference in New Orleans (presentation title “A Seat at the Table, Providing Our Community Opportunities to Share Their Stories”)

On-Campus Examples

  • Jessica Lahey, guest presentation by teacher and education columnist on her book The Gift of Failure.
  • Pamela Harris, book club sessions led by math education consultant on Tracey Zager's Becoming the Math Teacher You Wish You'd Had.
  • Cathy Fosnot, math education researcher led day-long workshop based on her book Conferring with Young Mathematicians at Work.
  • Katherine Bomer, literacy education expert and author of Hidden Gems and Starting with What Students Do Best, conducts sessions 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 the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project (TCRWP), and author of Growing Readers and Reading for Real, conducts sessions to 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.