Faculty Professional Development on Distance Learning
Evidenced-based training from fellow Jesuit high school and flexibility for employees to work from home if needed
Our faculty’s first week back on campus will involve multi-day professional development trainings to support our fully digital start to the school year and our transition when we are back on campus teaching students who are learning in-person, and students who are learning from home.
A newly formed collaboration with Jesuit Portland, who experienced distance learning for a much greater length of time in early 2020, focuses on providing fellow faculty and staff of the Jesuits West Province with an evidenced-based, robust tool kit of resources to serve students learning from campus and students learning from home, plus sharing education technology strategies that work best in a hybrid mode.
The training with teachers from Jesuit Portland will be coupled with the expertise of Lynne West from Sunodia Educational Consulting. Lynne has been working all summer leading Bellarmine College Prep’s academic return to the classroom work and will be training our faculty in best-practices ideas for hybrid learning, curriculum development, assessment and instructional strategies with a particular focus on the role Universal Design for Learning can play in a hybrid classroom.
Flexibility to Accommodate Unique Circumstances, Teaching From Home
The Safe Return Task Force has committed all summer to formulate a strategy to get our students back to campus, while at the same time providing the safest possible environment for all of our employees. As previously shared, some teachers will be teaching remotely rather than from Jesuit classrooms during Distance Learning. It is important that we care for our teachers in every way possible, especially for those who may need a modification to their workplace environment. Many teachers have taken courses designed to teach the best pedagogical practices for online instruction, maximizing students’ Distance Learning. All of our teachers are eager and excited for school to begin.