This week, for my #viewfromtheprincipal, I thought I would share some highlights from our Professional Development day this past Monday. Instilling the importance of lifelong learning and a growth mindset in each student must come from someone who is, in fact, a lifelong learner themself.
Our faculty started the day with an escape room led by Rabbi Levenberg, looking at how we incorporate our fundamental beliefs (Relevance, Diversity, Judaism, and Partnership) within both Jewish and secular text and pedagogy. It was a rare treat to be able to see how we all have similar practices across multiple disciplines and age ranges, reinforcing the strength of our community and shared mission.
Afterwards, we broke into working groups – our Hebrew staff convened to discuss our immersion program, our Middle School Staff prepared information night, and our Math Director reinforced the scope and sequence of our program amongst all math instructors.
As a community, we spent time focusing on our school’s fundamental beliefs, revisited the rationale and skills behind true Project-Based Learning, and then ended the day brainstorming ways we as a staff can help to strengthen the greater Yavneh community.
It’s a real privilege to be part of a team of such dedicated, innovative, and community-minded educators.