Lead Workshops on "Translating" Mind, Brain, and Education Reseach into the Classroom

Consistent professional development is essential to the success of translating MBE strategies into the classroom. Much of our PD is "transactional," which means we provide teachers with strategies they can use the day after any workshops. They give us their time, we provide useful tools to improve learning for their students. 

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Mind, Brain, and Education Reseach

When I first read Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education, I was hooked. There exists solid research behind how we learn best, and we can inform our instruction with that research to become better teachers and to improve learning in the classroom. As Park Tudor's Director of Curriculum and Instruction, I am responsible for making this research useful for teachers. We began offering "deep dives" under the MBE umbrella. Teachers choose to learn more about SEL, E&I, Mindfulness, or Classroom Instruction. These MBE Strands are research-informed, and the groups meet each month to develop skills in these areas and to schedule peer observations that provide critical feedback on how effectively the MBE strategies are being integrated into the classroom. 

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The 360 Podcast

When I came to Park Tudor in 2018, I had the good fortune to connect with Adrian Pumphrey, a talented and versatile middle-school Math teacher. Together with the help of his co-host, Laura Gellin, an upper-school English teacher, The 360 Podcast: An All-Around Look at Student-Centered Education was born. We have hosted juggernauts in the Mind, Brain, and Education field, like Lori Desautels, author of Unwritten, The Story of a Living System: A Pathway to Enlivening and Transforming Education; Glenn Whitman, co-author of Neuroteach: Brain Science and the Future of Education; and Patrice Bain, co-author of Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning. Our goal is to bring important voices to the ears of our teachers and parents and to the broader educational community. 

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The 360 Blog

The 360 Blog shares the same mission as its sister podcast, but this time it's Park Tudor's teachers sharing how they have integrated Mind, Brain, and Education research into the classroom. At Park Tudor, we say we are research-informed, which means there is no perfect formula for each class. We continue to build expertise in our community by taking what we've learned from MBE research and applying those principles in our classrooms. Much of my job is focused on this work, which is known as MBE "translation." Here you will read about how teachers use formative assessments, brain breaks, retrieval practices, and the primacy-recency effect to improve student learning. 

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UNC-A Freshman Composition Panel

On August 15th, 2017, the English Department met with three freshman composition professors from UNC-Asheville. This was part of a design-thinking process that began with the end in mind: What skills do our students need to have when they enter their freshman year of college? This workshop helped us identify those skills and informed the way we designed our curriculum. 

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Christ School Hosts Billy Collins.

In the fall of 2016, Christ School hosted former US Poet Laureate, Billy Collins. The English Department joined with the Art Department, and students created art based on their favorite poems from Sailing Alone Around the Room

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Christ School Hosts Jaki Shelton Green

In the winter of 2016, Christ School hosted NC Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green. Students participated in a school-wide poetry project, writing from a point of view they could never physically embody, whether that meant a distinction in gender, sexuality, nationality, or religion. 

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"People of Altamont" Project

Students in AP Language are participating in the "Humans of Altamont (Asheville)" project, modeled after the "Humans of New York." Students interviewed citizens in Asheville and collected those interviews, which we then used as content for three different podcasts, each one created, designed, and executed by one of my three classes. Listen to them on Christ School's SoundCloud account.

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