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Faculty undertake summer professional development work

Faculty undertake summer professional development work

Haverford School faculty and staff are undergoing extensive professional development work this summer. Science department chair Dr. Daniel Goduti and Middle School art teacher Doah Lee both spent time at the Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers (KSI). The institute is part of the Klingenstein Center at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

Lee was selected as one of 80 fellows this summer. She spent two weeks undergoing intensive study related to disciplinary teaching, cognitive science, equity and inclusion, and social-emotional learning designed for early-career teachers. The session was held at Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Conn. 

“Attending KSI was an eye-opening experience that allowed me to reevaluate and refine my curriculum and teaching philosophy,” said Lee. “Among the many things I learned are four research-based teaching methods that I can bring back to Haverford and to my students this fall.” 

For example, one of those methods is retrieval practice, or the repetition that allows students to recall what they learned in class. The method, Lee explained, has several strategies available to employ this in the classroom, but each is designed to ensure the student is recalling the information and making connections to the coursework.

Dr. Goduti spent time at the institute as a member of the faculty and as a co-lead teacher of the science cohort. He is also an alumnus of the Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers, having completed the program in 2014. 

“As an alumnus of the institute, it was an honor to return to the program as a member of the faculty to support a new cohort of accomplished and aspiring early career teachers,” said Dr. Goduti. “Whether I was introducing best practices for science teaching and learning, facilitating conversations around equity and inclusion, or meeting one-on-one to provide guidance and feedback, I was grateful for the opportunity to connect with members of the cohort.” 

Each year, Haverford School faculty undertake a wide variety of professional development activities to augment their work in the classroom. The School encourages and celebrates this development as part of its Strategic Plan: Lifelong Learning and Leading.