Norwood Teachers Immerse Themselves in Professional Development Activities During the Summer

Professional development is an important part of the teaching culture at Norwood School. Read about this summer's exciting PD activities here.
As lifelong learners, our faculty are always seeking out new and cutting-edge ways to make learning the best it can be for their students. The summer months are a popular time for focusing on professional development, and this past summer was an especially busy time for learning new skills. finding inspiration, and thinking about the craft of teaching in new and exciting ways. Following is a list of the many PD activities experienced by Norwood teachers during the summer of 2019:

DESIGN THINKING INSTITUTE (Nueva School, San Mateo, CA)

Claudia Logan, Science Teacher
Karen Saxe, Science Teacher

WASHINGTON INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS: CONNECTING EDUCATORS WITH DC-PROJECT ZERO IDEAS (Washington, DC)

Ryann Williams Berry, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Naomi Manzella, Media Resource Specialist
Sally Morsy, Fifth Grade HJomeroom Advisor
Virginia Murphy, Fourth Grade Homeroom Teacher
Tara Reilly, Reading and Language Arts Teacher
Rachel Siegel, Pre-Kindergarten Teacher
Fielding Winters, Lower School Math Coordinator
Brittany Young, Fifth Grade Homeroom Advisor


ORTON-GILLINGHAM TRAINING FOR PHONICS AND READING INSTRUCTION

Cathy Caruso, Kindergarten Teacher
Sara Gallagher, Lower School Reading Specialist
Tyffany Mandov, Reading Specialist
Cathy McCoy, Kindergarten Homeroom Teacher
Tara Reilly, Reading and Language Arts Teacher
Lara Salyer, Second Grade Teacher
Holly Simpson, First Grade Homeroom Teacher


NATIONAL TRAIN-THE-TEACHER INSTITUTE: CO-TEACHING THAT WORKS! (PRESENTED BY THE BUREAU OF EDUCATION & RESEARCH IN CHICAGO)

Dana Gaither, Second Grade Homeroom Teacher
Tara Reilly, Reading and Language Arts Teacher
Virginia Murphy, Fourth Grade Homeroom Teacher

INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS NETWORK INSTITUTE

Naomi Manzella, Media Resource Specialist

DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE

Billy Vargas, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community (attending DLI as a faculty member)

TEACHING WITH COMPREHENSIBLE INPUT: TAKING YOUR SKILLS TO THE NEXT LEVEL - CREATING CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE CI CLASSROOMS (Washington, DC)

Laura Cotter, Spanish Teacher
Vicky Masson, Spanish Teacher
Ellen Pulupa, Spanish Teacher and World Languages Coordinator
Emily Salgueiro, Spanish Teacher

Hudnut Grants

The Thomas Hudnut Fund was established in the early 1980s to support faculty enrichment and renewal above and beyond normal professional development activities.
 
Lan Jin, Middle School Mandarin Teacher
Travel to Costa Rica.

Claudia Logan, Science Teacher
Travel to Ireland and Scotland.

Emily Nichols, Middle School Drama Teacher
Travel to South Carolina.


Henderson Grants

The Welles and Lucia Henderson Fund, established in the early 1980s, supports proposals that will have a broad impact on student learning by enhancing and enriching existing curricula or initiating new curricular programs.
 
Moyna Daley, Lower School Strings Coordinator
Travel to Viputeno, Italy, to attend the Ofreo Music Festival.

Chris Giles, Physical Education Teacher
Travel to Queensland, Australia, to visit schools and observe model physical education programs.

Tyffany Mandov, Lower School Reading Specialist
Travel to Utah to explore the cultures of the Navajo, Shoshone, and Ute.

Aafia Talib, Middle School English Teacher
Travel to Morocco to study the impact and influence of the diversity of Muslim culture.
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Located in Bethesda, MD, Norwood School develops students in grades PK-8 into confident lifelong learners who have the academic, character, and leadership skills to succeed in high school and beyond. Recognizing that children are multi-faceted, Norwood provides many opportunities for safe risk-taking, exploration, discovery, and growth in a nurturing, supportive, and inclusive school community.