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Faculty Development

A vibrant learning community for faculty results in the best learning environment for our students.

Led by the Center director, the Faculty Development arm of the Burgess Center is devoted to supporting faculty professional learning and growth. Through individual goal-setting, coaching, collaborative partnerships, teacher-led projects, and in-house professional learning experiences, as well as by supporting academic programs, connecting faculty to professional development opportunities and resources, and disseminating research, the Burgess Center aims to make the school a vibrant learning community for faculty in order to create the best learning environment for our students.

The Burgess Center also has a public mission to contribute to the national dialogue on education. By hosting events, presenting at conferences, and engaging in research, St. Mark’s aims to make the Burgess Center a hub for conversations that connects our work and learning to schools and professionals across the US and in the broader world of education.
We have experts here, and we want to harness that expertise to build teacher agency by creating a culture of collaborative professionals exercising collaborative leadership. Adults are always modeling leadership, and not just in the classroom. By supporting faculty—getting to know them and matching them with the best opportunities—we keep the St. Mark’s experience relevant to our students and we advance the work and the mission of the School together.

Dr. Colleen Worrell, Director of the Burgess Center
for Innovation in Teaching and Learning

Supporting our Faculty

Supporting faculty professional learning and growth is a core mission of the Burgess Center. Creating flexible and individualized systems of professional learning not only helps to attract and retain the best teachers and create a vibrant learning environment for our faculty, it also promotes effective instruction, impactful learning, and student achievement.

Here are some of the ways the Burgess Center supports faculty professional learning:

  • Individualized goal-setting and coaching
  • Collaborative partnerships on specific topics and initiatives between faculty and/or with the Center Director
  • Faculty-created and faculty-led professional learning groups
  • Resource curation and acquisition
  • Connect faculty to professional learning events and opportunities
  • Partner with teachers on projects and curricular initiatives
  • Synthesize and disseminate relevant research
  • Classroom visits and observations
  • Host and facilitate professional learning events
  • Curriculum development, review, and revision
  • Sponsor and coordinate reading groups
  • Action research
  • Direct Patterson Innovation Grant program to bring innovative approaches to teaching, learning, and the broader experience of school.

Would you like to learn more or partner with the Burgess Center? Please contact Dr. Colleen Worrell, Director of the Burgess Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.


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