At Beaver, we believe teachers should have an active part in designing and carrying out their professional development.

The Beaver Faculty Institute is an annual all-day conference that’s designed and led by Beaver teachers. Our faculty exchange best practices, debate new ideas and ideologies, and get trained by experts in the ever-evolving tools and techniques critical to being an extraordinary educator.

Below are the workshops from the most recent institute:

MEDIA LITERACY
Has an image, video, or print piece surfaced in your class that warranted more discussion and you had to decide if it was the right time and context to discuss it? In this workshop, we’ll talk about those moments and experiences, share best practices, and explore how we, at Beaver, define media literacy.

COLLABORATION STATION
If there’s someone you’ve wanted to collaborate with at BVR, bring them along to this workshop! You’ll get an overview of different collaboration models, learn about strategies to implement before collaborating, and brainstorm ways to integrate collaboration into your courses. We’ll also discuss best practices, rubrics, and possible challenges.

MAKE SOMETHING
Work on a project of your choice, experiment with different tools and materials, or chat with the R+D Center staff about the technologies available on the Design Level.

APPLYING TO COLLEGE 2018
Today’s college admission landscape looks very different from what students experienced even just five years ago. Get insight into current trends and see what students encounter as they fill out applications, apply for financial aid, and develop their stories.

THEIR WORK, NOT MINE: FOSTERING INDEPENDENCE AND SELF-MOTIVATION
Where do teachers’ ideas end and students’ ideas begin? Explore the structural elements of your classes and the habits-of-mind of your discipline to find places in your curriculum where you can build in more choice. Never hear a student say “I’m done” or “What do I do now?” again!

PRACTICES FOR GENDER INCLUSION
Cis-gender. Gender Queer. Transgender. Gender Non-Conforming. Masculine of Center. Odds are your students are familiar with these identity terms, but you may not be. We will talk about how gender is a social construct and how young people are increasingly exploding the traditional binaries and “boxes” society has used to define gender. In addition to covering key concepts and terminology, you’ll walk away with a toolkit of practices you can implement in the classroom and beyond to help build a gender-inclusive environment.

R+D: MORE THAN JUST A BUILDING AT BEAVER
Come reflect on how research and design can enhance teaching and learning. We’ll discuss successes and challenges, and think about how we’re evolving as educators. This is a great option for those who are still feeling a bit nervous about diving into the world of R+D as well as those who have experiences they want to share.