Congratulations to PES teachers, Angie Carpenter, Sybil Cohn and Heather Collins!
Mrs. Anjie Carpenter, second grade teacher at Palisades Episcopal School, was a featured presenter at the 2015 NCAIS Annual Educators Conference, “Think, Create and Communicate,” on October 23,2015 at High Point University. Her workshop presented specific strategies for partnering with parents to empower children to overcome their personal challenges and roadblocks to success in school. The presentation focused on helping both teachers and parents to overcome anxieties around the communication process between home and school in order to build relationships that produce win-win solutions for the parent-child-teacher triangle. Attendees learned specific and practical, relational and communicative strategies to 1) diffuse high intensity parent interactions, 2) build trust and rapport with parents, and 3) create a unified strategy for school and home in the child's best interest. The presentation was well-attended and received, and is available for viewing and download at http://www.ncais.org/uploaded/Annual_Conference/2015_AC/2015_AC_Presentations/Drama_Mamas.pdf, and permission to reproduce is granted.
Heather Collins and Sybil Cohn presented a workshop entitled “Differentiated Math Centers in a Kindergarten Classroom” to colleagues at the recent North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS) conference in High Point, NC. Attendees learned how to differentiate their learning environments and how to implement processes and activities to meet the needs of individual learners using a math workshop-type structure. Co-teaching and self-contained models were both presented. In addition, specific ideas for creating leveled lessons & activities in math were discussed so children can receive the maximum benefit out of each activity.