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…]

The Great American Eclipse – A Conclusion

Jeff Goldader is in his fourteenth year as an Upper School Science Teacher at Baldwin, teaching Honors Physics in 9th grade, and AT Physics and Astronomy in 11th and 12th grade. In August, “The 701” featured a short piece I wrote about the “Great American Eclipse.”  That event is now history, and I thought readers might enjoy reading … [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…]

Introducing the Lower School First Lego League

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This week is Computer Science Education Week. Millions of students in schools around the world will participate in Hour of Code activities this week. Our Lower School students will be coding this week as well, but for Baldwin girls this is nothing new. In fact, already this year, Lower School girls have cumulatively logged more … [Read more…]

Global Learning-More than Just Checking a Box

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain Representing the Baldwin School, Kelly Schonour, Assistant Lower School Director, and Cindy … [Read more…]

Reed Fellowship for Excellence in Teaching

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Written by Dean of Academic Affairs Dr. Laura Blankenship Baldwin provides a wide range of support for faculty professional development, from providing funding for a single-day workshop to an extended trip. We reserve a few special awards that are more substantial and allow our faculty to immerse themselves more fully in professional development. The Reed … [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…]