Trinity’s Summer Institute for Faculty and Staff
(Summer Institute at Trinity is an annual two-week sequence of professional development and classroom preparation in anticipation of a new school year. The following communication was sent to Trinity families before the start of the 2021 – 2022 school year.)
Dear Trinity Families,
There’s only one time all year this feeling emerges – the weekend before opening day at school. The sense of anticipation accelerates and optimism overflows, both kept in check by an activated bundle of nerves, as Trinity enters its 60th year.
I know Covid-19 is an umbrella which shadows our days and I want to remind you of the optional Roundtables at 7:00 pm tomorrow (Lower Campus) and Tuesday (Upper Campus) held here: Roundtable Zoom. At these Roundtables, we’ll review the Reopening Guide and answer questions you may have. However, the intent of this note is to shine light on the work of the faculty and staff over the two weeks of our annual Summer Institute. In brief, some of the highlights:
- Diversity, Equity and Inclusion all day session for all faculty and staff. Led by Alison Park of Blink Consulting.
- Social and Emotional Learning half-day session for all faculty and staff. Led by Elizabeth McLeod and Katherine Peterson of The Institute for Social and Emotional Learning.
- Mission and Belief Statements session for all faculty and staff to review and provide daily evidence for Trinity’s revised Mission and Belief Statements.
- Learning Support Program session for all faculty and staff to define an optimal LS program.
- Child Development and Emergent Learning workshops for Lower Campus teachers offered by Early Years Child Development Centre.
- Self-Assessment of Classroom Practices workshop for Lower Campus teachers in anticipation of NAEYC Accreditation.
- Training for Lower Campus teachers on communicating teaching practices, student engagement and assessment through the Kaymbu Platform.
- Collaboration methods workshop for Upper Campus teachers and teaching assistants – in particular following a year in which we were all relatively isolated in our work due to Covid-19.
- Program Vision (Strategic Plan) session focused on Mathematics for Upper Campus teachers and teaching assistants.
- Chapel input from Upper Campus teachers and teaching assistants with Reverend Dan Spors of St. Bede’s Church on directions for 2021 – 2022.
- New Faculty and Staff Orientation for all new faculty and staff.
- The annual sessions for all faculty and staff on Emergency Procedures, Safety, Technology Overview and Training.
Of course, in addition to all the workshops, there was significant time for individual classroom preparation.
Ovations to the entire faculty and staff and to Sue Krishna, Lower Campus Director and Colette McWilliams, Upper Campus Director, for all of the intentional and thoughtful work.
Please come forward with any questions you may have and know we cannot wait to see you at events this week and on opening day on Thursday.