It was a busy summer for many Fay faculty members who used Curriculum Innovation Grants to develop and integrate new programs and materials to enrich the academic experience for our students this year.
Upper School math teachers Janet Drake and Craig Ferraro worked with Math Department Chair Cassandra Papalilo to create a Problem Based Learning curriculum for Fay’s Algebra classes. Pre-algebra, Geometry, and Extended Topics in Algebra already employ problem-based learning, a holistic approach to math that dedicates class time to solving problems in a discussion-oriented, student-driven environment that gives students the opportunity to express their mathematical thinking and explore different solutions.
Primary and Lower School teachers Anne Canada, Jill Gibbons, Kath Walton, Katie Farrar, Katie Buteau, and Leslie Overbye worked with English Department Chair Paul Abeln to develop phonics sequencing benchmarks for grades K-3. Phonics sequencing is the order in which sounds are taught and the faculty worked together to create resources and assessment plans for tracking phonics sequencing.
Director of Learning Services Sally Supinski and Learning Specialist Liz Williams reorganized the Learning Center over the summer. They added reference materials for specific executive function skills and transformed the space to make it more readily available for any student who needs one on one help.
World languages teacher Erin Overstreet and Lower School science teacher Cecilia Owens worked together to enhance the new faculty mentorship program that pairs new faculty with experienced faculty mentors. They also created a “Year at a Glance” booklet for new faculty that highlights the major events in the Fay calendar.
Upper School teachers Emily McCauley, Tim McCauley, Adel Collins, and History Department Chair John Beloff created a course reader for the ninth grade elective Designing the Modern World complete with essential questions and resources for the course. Tim also created a science curriculum web page for the Primary School with 60 lessons that Kindergarten through second grade teachers can follow. Adel also did double duty, working with Technology Support Specialist Kyle Cooper to learn the ropes of EcoMUVE from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, a virtual pond ecosystem that will tie into the seventh grade Life Science water quality testing unit. Additionally, Adel and Kyle experimented with the use of Vernier probeware that measures temperature, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity in water.
Faculty Enrichment Grants made possible by the Fay Parents’ Association also funded several faculty education experiences over the summer. Music Department Chair Philip Montgomery traveled to the International Kodaly Symposium in Malaysia. Visual art coordinator Chris Kimball did a two week course in woodworking at the North Bennet Street School, a craft, trade, and artisan school in Boston. Finally, Upper School math teacher Craig Ferraro will be attending the World Leadership School Purpose Summit in Boulder, CO in October where attendees will explore the question, “How can K-12 schools help students explore, discover, and articulate a sense of purpose at an earlier age?”