Faculty and Staff Spotlight
At the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, we believe that our faculty and staff are the heart of our school. We value and encourage continued professional growth and development. Teaching and learning are rich and rigorous in our classrooms when our teachers have opportunities to reflect, learn and collaborate in professional endeavors beyond the school.
BWS Executive Director Pens Blog Post for Catalogue for Philanthropy
James Woody, Executive Director and President of the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys wrote a blog for the Catalogue for Philanthropy this week. You can read his inspiring reflections here:
BWS Leaders Present at 2014 People of Color Conference
Angela Garcia, Head of School at the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, and Courtney Martin, Director of Upper Primary School, presented at the 2014 People of Color Conference (POCC) held in Indianapolis. Their presentation, entitled "Where the Boys Are: One Independent School's Commitment to Change the Educational & Social Trajectory of Black Boys", covered the day-to-day practices of Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, specifically how administrators and teachers rely on the tenets of progressive education and current research on boys to alter the educational and social trajectory of black boys.
BWS Faculty Conduct Action Research during the 2014-15 School Year
Based on the faculty’s summer reading, Reaching Boys, Teaching Boys
, and our examination during opening faculty meetings of the ways social identifiers can lower expectations for low income black boys, the teachers are engaging in action research examining the social and intellectual needs of our boys. JK-5 teachers are working in two groups using an action research process model to conduct their research. One group is examining different learning styles among our boys using Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences. The second group is examining empathy, collaboration and competition among boys.
BWS Head of School to Present at NAES Biennial Conference
Angela Garcia, Head of School at the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, will be presenting at the National Association of Episcopal Schools' Biennial Conference. The conference will be held in Anaheim, California, from Thursday, November 20 - Saturday, November 22.
Ms. Garcia will be presenting "A Public-Private Partnership: Bringing Roots of Empathy to Washington, D.C.," along with Patricia Luce from Beauvoir Elementary School. This workshop will explore the partnership between our school, Beauvoir and two public schools and one public charter school to bring the Roots of Empathy program to Washington, D.C. to provide children the opportunity to enhance their social and emotional literacy skills and reduce aggression and bullying.
BWS Designated as a Center for Literacy Education by the National Center for Literacy Education
This fall we applied to be a Center for Literacy Education (CLE) through the National Center for Literacy Education. With this designation, a group of our teachers will participate in a year long collaboration focusing on strengthening literacy in learning at the Bishop Walker School and sharing updates about our work through stories, reflections and artifacts with other educators nationwide.
As a CLE, we were awarded a $3,000 grant to send five teachers to attend the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention at the National Harbor next week.
BWS Educator Selected to Participate in National Leadership Institute
Yonnette Moore, the Second Grade Lead Teacher at the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, was selected to participate in the third annual Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color, in West Hartford, Connecticut from June 15-18, 2014.
The Kingswood Oxford Leadership Institute for Educators of Color was founded to offer educational opportunities and resources to help prepare educators of color for leadership roles within independent schools. Dennis Bisgaard founded the institute in June 2012 in response to the fact that out of 1,400 schools in the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), only 4% are led by a person of color.
At the institute, Ms. Moore will have the opportunity to connect with educators from across the country, learn from national experts in the field of independent education and share her experiences as an educator.
BWS Principal Participates in Leadership Seminar
Principal Angela Garcia participated in the Heads Network's Administrative Leadership Seminar for Women at Miss Porter's School in Farmington
, CT . Angela was one of 35 selected school leaders from independent schools from across the US and Canada who gathered to learn and discuss school leadership, finance, and philanthropy in independent schools.
BWS Teacher Participates in the First Cohort for National Institute
Brittany Gaines, the First Grade Lead Teacher at the Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys, joined the First Cohort at the National Institute of Progressive Education Network (PEN) for a weeklong intensive training in California at the end of January. Ms. Gaines joined a select group of educators from across the country for an immersion in progressive school settings. While observing a variety of grade levels, classrooms and specials at The Park Day School, Ms. Gaines was able to focus her learning on how children adapt to the progressive model in first grade and discuss ideas and projects with peers.
While progressive education may seem like a trendy term, it is an approach to education that has been around for over a hundred years. The Bishop Walker School approach to teaching and learning is firmly rooted in progressive principles, specifically focusing on the social, emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual development of children in a respectful environment. Ms. Gaines will attend a second session in New York City in April and visit The Manhattan Country School to continue her professional development.
BWS Teacher Travels to Japan
Despite having fifteen years of classroom experience, Ms. Yonnette Moore, our 2nd grade teacher, continues to seek out opportunities to deepen her teaching practice. In the summer of 2013, Ms. Moore travelled to Japan as one of an elite group of teachers selected for the Japan-U.S. Fulbright Teacher Exchange Program.
Ms. Moore spent 6 days in Tokyo and 6 days in Minamata City, Japan and visited elementary, secondary, high schools and colleges in both Tokyo and Minamata City. As part of the exchange, Ms. Moore was able to share about sustainable activities taking place at the Bishop Walker School including our recycling program, our raised garden beds, and our new outdoor classroom.
When we asked Ms. Moore what she learned during her time abroad, she shared, "I learned that although we are on different sides of the world, teachers share the same common goal and/or desire - success for every student. I also learned that in Japan education is taken very seriously, and teachers are held in the highest esteem and are given the highest respect."