St. Stephen’s Episcopal School values continuing education and professional development. Faculty and staff are encouraged and supported to attend national conferences, as well as local workshops.
On March 9-12, the school sent four teachers, one from each of the Lower School levels, to attend the American Montessori Society National Conference in San Diego, which theme was “Beyond Borders”. The teachers attended workshops they found valuable to enhance their teaching and understanding of child development. Among the workshops were “Organizing the Disorganized Child”, Peace Education, and “Dealing with Challenging behaviors”.
They listened to three keynote speakers that delivered important messages. The keynote speakers were:
- Nicholas Kristof - Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for the New York Times, journalist, and best-selling author.
- Jessica Lahey – author of the New Work Times bestseller, The Gift of Failure; How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.
- Sonia Manzano – Sesame Street’s “Maria”; Emmy Award-winning actress and writer; best-selling author.
On Saturday, April 1, nine faculty members and myself have attended an all day workshop at the Houston Montessori Center. The title of the workshop was “Collaborative and Proactive Solutions – Understanding and Helping Kids With Social and Emotional Challenges.” We learned strategies to help children with difficult situations to solve problems.
Just like we encourage continuing education, we encourage collegiality and shared learning as well. When the teachers return from workshops, they give short presentations to their colleagues on specific topics they found beneficial to share. The presentations are followed by discussions to help us continue to ensure best practices in our approaches to education.
Nahla Nasser, M.Ed. | Lower and Middle School Principal