2013-14 school year brings a renewed focus on professional development for the New Roads faculty. In addition to attending 'in-service' programs on topics such as reading comprehension strategies for young students, using Google Chromebooks in the high school classroom setting, and the ‘gamefication’ of middle school content, our faculty is attending and presenting at education conferences and seminars throughout the country, about some of the most exciting areas of pedagogical and curricular innovation.
• Sixth Grade teachers A.J. Webster, Tedd Wakeman & C4EL Director Joe Wise presented The Pedagogy of Playful Learning at the National Progressive Education Network (PEN) conference in Los Angeles in October, 2013.
• Second Grade teacher Sara Beshawred spent part of summer 2013 as a participant in The Reading and Writing Project at Teachers College, Columbia University. Sara was selected from among thousands of applicants to attend the week-long Reading Institute.
• Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Evan Beachy, Ed.d led two break-out sessions at the annual conference for the Association of Middle Level Educators (AMLE) in November 2013 in Minneapolis, MN; Transition to Middle School in the Private School Setting and Meaningful Middle School Goal Setting.
• Elementary School science teacher Stuart Scolnik attended the Caltech Children’ Center’s national Early Childhood STEM (ECSTEM) Conference in Orange County in February 2014, where New Roads’ Discovery Science Center and elementary curriculum were identified as a “signature” stem program.
• High School teachers Ronan Hallowell (history), Scott Roewe (music) and Zelda Harris (English) presented Singing for Social Justice: Examining History and Society Through Music at the National Progressive Education Network (PEN) conference in Los Angeles in October, 2013