Episcopal strongly believes in investing in its most important asset -- its faculty and staff. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend professional development opportunities across the country throughout the year. In addition to continuing to pursue certifications and higher degrees, Episcopal’s faculty engages in ongoing professional development opportunities offered through the University of North Florida, the Florida Council of Independent Schools and conferences on pedagogy. Teachers have attended field-specific training as well, including the United States Institute for Theatre Technology, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention; AP workshops; Econ in the Real World; and Hamilton, History and the Federal Reserve.
“If, as a school, we aim to nurture life-long learners, then teachers must model it for their students. Look around and you will see a faculty committed to continued growth,” says Marta Pauly, Dean of Faculty & Academics. “We do it in a variety of ways– by engaging in group book studies, by sharing information and techniques we learn from workshops and conferences, by collaborating with colleagues about the best way to teach a subject matter or unit, by engaging in conversations that afford us the chance to reflect on how and why we teach, and by sharing ideas about ways to serve our students better. There is an energy that comes from bonding with colleagues who share common aspirations. That energy is palpable and, in the end, creates a culture conducive to growth and learning.”
2019 Professional Development Accomplishments
Middle School Faculty Summit
AP One and Four- Day Workshops:
Dave Wandel, AP Environmental
Charles Howard, AP History
Kelby Siddons, AP English Language and Composition
Mathew Shiver, AP French
Emily Farmer, AP Government
Degrees or Certificates:
Shelly Long de Mendoza
Dr. Pooja Agarwal Seminar: A cognitive scientist and author of Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning. Dr. Agarwal illuminated key discoveries and practical teaching strategies based on the science of learning while challenging beliefs about how learning works and sharing information on retrieval practice for 33 Episcopal faculty and three Beaches Episcopal faculty and staff.
Administrator Professional Development Conference, Clearwater, Florida
Other conferences and activities:
ISTE: International Society for Technology in Education Conference -Debbie Deppe
Florida Music Educators Conference - Carolyn Tuttle
World Language Department- Webinar and book study on how to teach foreign languages to students with learning differences
History Department- book study on teaching history in the age of Google
Gilder-Lehrman class on specific topics relating to teaching American History - Perry Walthour and Alex Nichols
2018 Professional Development Accomplishments
2018 Lastinger Summer Scholars
Elizabeth Simpson Walton '71 Fund for Coaches' Professional Development
2017 Professional Development Accomplishments
2017 Lastinger Summer Scholars
Tom Lavelle, AP Summer Institute for Computer Science principles, Orlando
Tom Lavelle, Online AP Principles on Mobile Device
Chad Senesak- AP Workshop for AP Language & Composition, Jax
Cathy Kanaday, AP Workshop for AP Language & Composition, Jax
Harkness workshop for English Teachers, at ESJ
Christina Milon- Stanford U. Core Practices for Inquiry-Based History Teaching,CA
Mary Hunt- Project-Based Learning (PBL), CA.
Department: Harkness Workshop for History teachers at ESJ
Alex Nichols – “Econ in the Real World: Hamilton, History & the Federal Reserve” offered by the Federal Reserve of Atlanta
Brenda Vermillion- Project-Based Learning (PBL), CA.
Marion Zeiner- STEM Conference in Kissimmee, FL.
Sally Russo, AP Chemistry Workshop, Jacksonville
Lucy Lee, Nancy Predergast, Carolina Collins,Lucia Allen- TPRS Workshop, Jax
Gwen Miranda- Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling or TPRS (NTPRS), San Antonio
Andy Kidd, Chip Stroud Kasse Eppley – FHSAA Seminar, including workshops on NCAA requirements, compliance and education and mentoring for coaches
Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)Institute for New Teachers