New Teacher Institute

 

New Teacher Institute
Mission Inn Resort, Howey-in-the-Hills
September 15-17, 2019


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?

"I believe every new teacher at an independent school should attend the FCIS New Teacher Conference.
The skills we learned will stick with us for life. Hearing from experienced teachers and talking to new teachers really puts life and the classroom into perspective. Thank you for this!"

"I think having opportunities to work with so many other teachers was great, and having different speakers and
session leaders gave more perspective."
"I found understanding the middle school student brain and different learning styles to be most helpful and informative."
"The breakout sessions with the school divisions"
"Making connections with other teachers"
"The advice about body language, voice control, and classroom management in particular"
"The best practices and concrete examples that I can apply in my classroom"

 

The program will begin on Sunday, September 15, at 1:30pm and end on Tuesday, September 17, at 12:00pm.

Schedule and Sessions - a tentative schedule subject to changes


Sunday, September 15


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 16


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 17


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:
$485 (Members) | $585 (Non-Members)
(includes meals and sessions)

Hotel Room: $123 (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 26, 2019
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 19, 2019, with no refunds after this date.

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

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