Innovative Professional Development

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In order to innovate in the classroom, teachers must continually expose themselves to new ideas and learn new practices. Over 75% of our faculty participate in some form of off-site professional development throughout the year, attending workshops, classes and conferences around the country and indeed, around the world. They bring what they’ve learned back to … [Read more…]

Finding the Art in Science

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Written by Dr. Karen Z. Lancaster, Teacher of  Biology and Advanced Molecular and Cellular Biology In March, students in Baldwin’s Advanced Topics (AT) Biology class had the opportunity to enhance their neuroscience unit through nontraditional mediums, including a neuroscience symposium, guided human brain dissection and a field trip to the Mütter Museum that included a workshop … [Read more…]

Middle School’s ‘Survival Challenge’

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Written by Ryan Barnes, Coordinator of the Middle School DREAM Lab ® and co-organizer of the ‘Baldwin Survival Challenge’. Last year, the Middle School introduced a brand new experience, known simply as “It Isn’t Easy Being Green.” It was an opportunity for our girls to experience new things, and learn outside of their academic classrooms, all … [Read more…]

What We Did Over the Summer

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Written by Dr. Laura Blankenship, Dean of Academic Affairs When I was in school, we often had to write a “What I Did Over the Summer” essay during the first few days of school. I’m sure many of us did, and I’m sure many of us filled the page with descriptions of leisurely activities like … [Read more…]

Considering the World of Online Classrooms

Written by Janice Wilke, Visual Arts Teacher and Art Department Chair During the summer I enrolled in a professional development course with the Online School for Girls. The course, entitled Introduction to Teaching Online, was a four-week class requiring about six hours of work per week.  Perhaps you’re wondering why an art teacher would spend … [Read more…]