Professional Development

“Children grow into the intellectual life of those around them.”
Lev Vygotsky, Educational Theorist

NPS teachers are dedicated life-long learners.

In order to provide all NPS students with an engaging academic program in a loving environment, faculty and staff participate in year-round professional development and integrate knowledge of effective, research-based pedagogy into their teaching. This ongoing commitment to life-long learning fuels faculty interactions with their students, with one another, and with colleagues at peer schools. Thanks to generous support from the School, NPS teachers strive equally to improve what they teach and how they teach it. This culture of constant curricular improvement puts NPS at the forefront of attracting and retaining exceptional teachers.

NPS faculty excel at:
  • Understanding and articulating the developmental stages and needs of young children
  • Demonstrating compassion and recognizing that social, emotional, and physical well-being are essential to both academic progress and healthy development
  • Cultivating character and ethical development in all NPS students
  • Striving to meet the needs of different types of learners
  • Inspiring students to develop a passion for learning by teaching with an open mindset, enthusiasm, flexibility, humor, and a wealth of background knowledge
  • Communicating effectively with families in support of the crucial partnership between parents and the School

Summer 2017

  • NPS Diversity Institute with Rosetta Lee
  • Implementing Project Zero Ideas in the Elementary Classroom
  • Columbia University, Teachers College Reading and Writing Institutes
  • NOAA Climate Stewards Education Program
  • Active Learning Adventure for Preschool Teachers
  • Santillana Descubre Spanish Language Workshop
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Educating Girls Symposium
  • Institute for Social and Emotional Learning

Summer 2016

  • WISSIT: Institute Connecting DC Educators with Project Zero Ideas.
    7 NPS teachers to serve as either students or WISSIT faculty
  • Collaborative curricular planning at NPS in Social Studies, Global Studies, Reading, Math, Language Arts, Music, and P.E.
  • Launching a Writing Workshop with Mollie Cura hosted by NPS
  • Coursework in School Leadership at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Diversity K-5: Diving into Diversity with Developmental Lenses
  • Broadway Arts Teachers Workshop
  • Institute for Social and Emotional Learning
  • Teachers College, Columbia University Reading Institute
  • Travel to Greece to supplement Grade 5 Social Studies curricular work
  • Dr. Jean Feldman’s Summer Workshop for Preschool Teachers

  • 2015-2016

    (*denotes full faculty and staff participation)

  • National Council for Social Studies Annual Conference
  • Association of Independent Maryland Schools Diversity Conference
  • Implementing Project Zero Ideas in the Elementary Classroom *
  • School Host and Group Presenter for Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education Lower School Symposium
  • Defining Diversity at NPS with Keno Sadler *
  • Math Centers in the Nursery and Pre-Kindergarten Classrooms
  • Working with Young Writers Grades K-3
  • National Teachers of Mathematics Annual Conference
  • International Dyslexia Association Annual Conference
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Educating Girls Symposium
  • AIMS Art Workshop
  • Invited Speaker for NOAA Climate Stewards Education Program at the National Science Teachers Association National Conference
  • Literacy Coach Jumpstart
  • Emerging Lower School Leaders Institute
  • Differentiating Instruction in the Classroom
  • Improving Reading Comprehension
  • Teaching Phonics and Spelling for Beginning and Transitional Readers
  • Active Learning Adventure for Preschool Teachers
  • Santillana Descubre Spanish Language Workshop
  • Organization of American Kodaly Music Educators National Conference
  • AIMS Accreditation Team Membership
  • National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference
  • Annual CASE-NAIS Independent Schools Conference
  • From STEM to STEAM: How to Bring it to Your School

  • Faculty Summer Reading

    Mindset by Carol Dweck

    How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

    Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchhart

    The Road to Character by David Brooks

    Creating Cultures of Thinking by Ron Ritchhart et. Al.

    Unselfie by Michele Borba

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