Today I have been thinking about her effort in relationship to the faculty reports of summer work I have been reading. Westtown has a program to support faculty professional development and curriculum development. Last spring teachers submitted proposals for summer projects, conferences and workshops. Early in September they submit a written reflection about what they have learned and where appropriate the new courses, projects, or units of study they have developed. Many of these reports reflect significant, extended focus over the past two months.
In deciding which proposals to submit,
preference was given to those which supported Westtown's strategic
initiatives and which brought teachers together in collaborative
partnerships. Two religion teachers worked together to create a new 9th
grade course in Quakerism. A group of middle school teachers created a
cross disciplinary unit based on the book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind.
The 11th and 12th grade English program will feature two new electives
"Classic Adaptations" and "Poetic Encounters" -- the first will look at
Hamlet, Faust, and the Odyessey