Montclair Kimberley Academy continues to make its mark in the field of professional development as no fewer than seven faculty members will be making presentations at the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools Professional Development Conference to be held at the Ranney School on October 15.
Director of Curriculum and Professional Development Karen Newman (who is also a member of the NJAIS Professional Develpment and Conference Committee) together with Assistant Head of the Upper School Stephen Valentine will lead a workshop entitled "Building the Capacity of Leadership Teams" that will explore means to maintain and inspire effective leadership teams within a school community.
MKA's Director of Educational Technology Reshan Richards will present on "iPads and Qualitative Formative Assessment" discussing a variety of apps that foster creativity in students and provide flexibility for teachers, while Director of the MKA Upper School Learning Lab Erica Budd and Tri-Campus Head Librarian Jill Maza will offer insights into "Brain-Based Strategies to Minimize Distraction in the Classroom" for middle and upper school teachers.
Finally, Upper School English teacher Cindy Darling and Pre-Kindergarten teacher Caylie Marden will share their project "Pre-K and High School Students Writing: Collaborative Ethical Tales for the 21st Century" that has so successfully engaged MKA's oldest and youngest students for the past two years.
This representation of MKA faculty on such a wide-range of topics continues to support the growing amount of evidence that MKA not only delivers on its goal to "deliver an innovative education that combines excellence in teaching, creativity in curriculum and a highly personal, technology-enriched environment" but also is increasingly being seen as a "thought leader" amoung the independent school community.