New Teacher Institute 2018

New Teacher Institute
Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills
September 23-25, 2018


The New Teacher Institute provides new and “nearly new” faculty members with an opportunity to connect with colleagues and to develop valuable skills and strategies for a successful start to a teaching career in independent schools.
Topics include:

Establishing Professionalism

Finding Mentors

Understanding School Culture

Managing Your Classroom

Planning Lessons
• Writing Comments
• Observing Classes

Communicating with Parents

Identifying Teaching and Learning Styles

Setting Goals

Maintaining Balance

• Building Financial Literacy
Understanding Legal Issues


Institute Faculty:
Jennifer Geimer, Middle School Director, The Cushman School, Miami
Donald Morrison, Dean of Faculty, Tampa Preparatory School, Tampa
Kathleen Malanowski, Lower School Principal, North Broward Preparatory School, Coconut Creek
Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman, Head, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS, Tampa





Feedback from last year's participants: What did you find most helpful about this Institute?

~ Knowledge from experienced educators and their stories in dealing with some of these topics.
~ I loved the break out sections and communicating with other teachers in my grade level and subject.
~ Sharing strategies with other teachers
~ I found the technology seminar very helpful and practical. I also appreciated working through actual scenarios.
~ Love collaborating, sharing and sharpening our saws.
~ Valuable ideas to take back to the classroom!
~ Learning about mixing up my lesson plans and using the different student groupings


The program will begin on Sunday, September 23, at 1:30pm and end on Tuesday, September 25, at 12:00pm.

Schedule and Sessions


Sunday, September 23


1:30 | Welcome & Introductions, Dr. Barbara Hodges, Executive Director, FCIS

2:00-2:45 | Independent School Culture and Tradition, Dr. Barbara Hodges
• What Is an Independent School? • Tradition and Innovation in Independent Schools • Understanding Independent School Students and Parents • Parent-Teacher Relationships

2:45-3:00 | Break + Refreshments

3:00-5:30 | Bringing Joy into the Classroom: Best Practices, Part I, Dr. Joyce Swarzman, Headmaster, Corbett Preparatory School of IDS
• How the Brain Works • How to Engage Learners

5:30-6:00 | Reception

6:00-6:45 | Dinner

7:00-9:00 Bringing Joy into the Classroom: Best Practices, Part II, Dr. Joyce Swarzman
• Mindset • Academic, Social and Emotional Safety • Creating a Positive Classroom Culture and Climate


Monday, September 24


7:30-8:15 | Breakfast

8:30-10:00 | Legal Issues, Lori Smith, Esq. Shareholder, Zimmerman, Kiser & Sutcliffe
• Appropriate and Inappropriate Use of Social Media • Be an Asset, not a Liability • Bullying

10:00-10:45 | Lesson Planning | Differentiated Learning | Assessment | Homework | Teacher Observations
Breakout sessions by Division-> Participants choose one:
• Early Childhood-Grade 4, Kathleen Malanowski, Lower School Principal, North Broward Preparatory School
• Grades 5-8, Jennifer Geimer, Middle School Director, The Cushman School
• Grades 9-12, Donald Morrison, Dean of Faculty, Tampa Preparatory School

10:45-11:00 | Break + Refreshments

11:00-12:15 | Lesson Planning | Differentiated Learning | Assessment | Homework | Teacher Observations
Breakout sessions by Division-> Participants choose one:
• Early Childhood-Grade 4, Kathleen Malanowski
• Grades 5-8, Jennifer Geimer
• Grades 9-12, Donald Morrison

12:15-1:00 | Lunch

1:00-1:30 | Free Time

1:30-3:00 | Classroom & Time Management | Strategies and Solutions for Dealing with Disruptive Students
Breakout sessions by Division-> Participants choose one:
• Early Childhood-Grade 4, Kathleen Malanowski
• Grades 5-8, Jennifer Geimer
• Grades 9-12, Robert Franz, Upper Division History Teacher, Berkeley Preparatory School

3:00-3:15 | Break + Refreshments

3:15-4:30 | Wearing Many Hats | Maintaining Balance
Breakout sessions by Topic-> Participants choose one:
• Early Childhood-Grade 4, Kathleen Malanowski
• Grades 5-8, Jennifer Geimer
• Grades 9-12, Robert Franz

4:30-5:30 | Fixed vs. Growth Mindsets | Writing Narrative Comments, Donald Morrison

5:45–7:30 | Dinner


Tuesday, September 25


8:00-8:45 | Breakfast

8:45-9:45 | Parents as Partners, Jennifer Geimer, Donald Morrison & Kathleen Malanowski
Developing Appropriate Relationships with Parents: The Importance of the Initial Introduction (Identifying Your Professional Brand) • Parent Communication: Don't Just Communicate—Connect!

9:45-10:00 | Break

10:00–10:45 | Financial Literacy: Best Practices, Donald Morrison, Jennifer Geimer & Kathleen Malanowski

10:45-12:00 | Scenarios, Q&A, and Reflections, Jennifer Geimer, Donald Morrison & Kathleen Malanowski



The Mission Inn Resort is located at:
10400 Country Road 48
Howey-in-the-Hills, FL 34737

Registration Cost:
$475 (Members) | $575 (Non-Members)
(includes meals and sessions)

Hotel Room: $119
(plus applicable taxes)
Participants are expected to make their own hotel reservations. Registration fee does not include the price of the guest room. To make a reservation, call the hotel at 800-874-9053, and ask for the FCIS group rate.


Registration and Hotel Deadline:
August 31, 2018
To receive the FCIS group rate at the resort, reservations must be made on or before this date.

Cancellation & Refunds: All hotel cancellations must be made directly through the hotel and in accordance with hotel policy. Workshop refund requests must be made in writing and emailed to kdanger@fcis.org. There is a $50 per person processing fee through August 24, 2018, with no refunds after this date.

Questions?
Please contact Alison Carlson at acarlson@fcis.org.

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