One school: One Schoolhouse and more. Summer PD helps teachers ready new approaches


One school: One Schoolhouse and more. Summer PD helps teachers ready new approaches

As Lab prepared for a continuation of remote learning this fall, teachers took a deep dive over the summer to prepare. More than 150 Lab teachers participated in summer professional development (PD) activities designed to support teachers in hybrid and/or remote learning situations. The educators educating our Lab educators included people from Reggio Emila—the philosophical foundation of Lab's early childhood education program—as well as the non-profit International Society for Technology in Education and One Schoolhouse.

The approaches put pedagogy before technology and aim to anchor teachers with approaches that work regardless of the software or tech tools they may use. Moreover, the foundations align closely with Lab's educational values. For example, like Lab, ISTE prioritizes

  • Project-based learning, interdisciplinary teaching and learning
  • Coherent instruction, vertical alignment
  • Healthy and Inclusive communities

Says Assistant Director of Schools Carla Ellis who helps shape Lab's PD program, "This past summer, our faculty was able to learn together as a community—across disciplines and grades and with teachers across the country who were in the same boat. One of our goals this year was to improve the clarity and consistency in our remote efforts. Having our faculty share a common language and take similar approaches added to that."

Pictured above: fourth grade science teacher Mikki Sanders using a whiteboard live over Zoom during synchronous class time.