In November, four Belmont Day social studies teachers attended the National Council on Social Studies (NCSS) annual conference in Austin, Texas. From a city well-known for great music, the team returned with their minds dancing with new lesson plans, resources, pedagogical approaches, and professional contacts. Attendees Larissa Rochford '93 (third grade), Julia Juster (fifth grade), Dean Spencer (sixth and seventh grades), and Suzanne Caruso (seventh and eighth grades) recently reflected on their takeaways from and impact of the conference:
As a longstanding member of the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE), Belmont Day is committed to maintaining the highest standards and we embrace the shared and continuous pursuit of excellence across the independent school landscape. A core responsibility as an AISNE member is participation in the accreditation of peer schools. This fall, two faculty members, Liz Gray, middle school head, and Heather Woodcock, director of the associate teacher program, served on teams for this rigorous and fulfilling process.
We will welcome Dr. Devorah Heitner, author of Raising Digital Natives, for a day-long visit that will include presentations for teachers, students, and parents.
Congratulations to associate teacher, Emily Davis, who was recently honored as the recipient of Lesley University’s Graduate School of Education June Fox Scholarship Award for 2019. Given once a year to one member of Lesley’s Collaborative Residency Program, the award recognizes outstanding work with children, interest in building equity in the classroom, and the recipient’s potential for educational leadership.
On March 2 and 3, teaching interns/apprentices from both BB&N and Shady Hill School will be joining our own cohort of associate teachers for a two-day course entitled "Designing a New Context For Learning." The lead instructor will be Dan Riles, technology integration specialist at the Brookwood School.
Dan Riles, technology integration specialist at the Brookwood School will present a two-day course "Designing a New Context For Learning" for BDS Associate Teachers and teaching interns/apprentices from both BB&N and Shady Hill School.