All Kinds of Minds Training

all-kinds-of-mindsA good teacher recognizes that students have different learning styles, but it can be challenging to differentiate instruction to effectively reach all the kinds of minds in their classroom. To help ensure that every CCSC student receives the type of instruction he or she needs to succeed, four learning specialists and four administrators recently completed three days of All Kinds of Minds training with expert AKOM facilitator Gene Thompson-Grove. Continue reading “All Kinds of Minds Training”

Find the Good and Praise It

Words of encouragement we hope will stick with students.
Words of encouragement we hope will stick with students.

During one of this week’s professional development sessions, the entire CCSC faculty shared some of the phrases they use to motivate students to always do their best work and to encourage them to keep persevering, no matter how hard it seems. Teachers jotted down each phrase on yellow stickies and read them aloud to each other. We’ll be hearing a lot of these words of encouragement in classrooms when classes start next Wednesday. Continue reading “Find the Good and Praise It”

Welcome New Faculty!

_DSC0004The 2013-14 school year officially began today with the first of three days of orientation sessions for new CCSC faculty. All returning faculty and staff will report on August 15th for professional development and planning meetings that run until the first day of classes on Wednesday, August 28th. Continue reading “Welcome New Faculty!”

Critical Friends Gather, Train at CCSC

Facilitators Gene Thompson-Grove & Teri Schrader
Facilitators Gene Thompson-Grove & Teri Schrader

Last week CCSC hosted the Critical Friends Group Coaches Institute, a weeklong professional development seminar offered by the School Reform Initiative, a Denver-based nonprofit with longstanding ties to the school. Sixteen teachers and school leaders from across the U.S. spent five days training with SRI facilitators Gene Thompson-Grove and Teri Schrader to become CFG coaches at their home schools. Continue reading “Critical Friends Gather, Train at CCSC”

Summer Academy Brings Match Teacher Residents to CCSC

Ms. Rieser greets every student with a handshake at the front door.
Ms. Rieser greets every student with a handshake at the front door.

Our Summer Academy for new students is off to a great start. About ninety rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders are at CCSC every morning this month, taking humanities and math courses and learning the ropes, from the dress code to classroom systems like Homework First, Do Nows, Shout Outs, merits and, yes, demerits. Their teachers are new to CCSC, too, but they have spent the past ten months training intensively, as part of the  Match Teacher Residency (MTR). Continue reading “Summer Academy Brings Match Teacher Residents to CCSC”

Good Luck to our Harvard SLP Interns

Steve Henderson and Barbara Eghan
Steve Henderson and Barbara Eghan

Last week we said good-bye to our two principal interns from the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program (SLP), Steve Henderson and Barbara Eghan, both of whom made significant contributions to the CCSC community since joining us last fall. Continue reading “Good Luck to our Harvard SLP Interns”