The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
The Center at St. Mark’s was developed out of the desire to create the best possible educational environment in which both students and faculty will thrive. With that audacious goal in mind, the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning serves as both the physical and intellectual hub for the school. Space, expertise, financial support, research, relationships are all resources the Center leverages in an effort to maximize outcomes for our entire educational community.
The Student Enrichment component of the Center promotes opportunities for all students to pursue their interests and passions beyond the classroom. Our goal is to challenge St. Mark’s students to better understand themselves, their communities, and the world by exploring their interests in an experiential way. We are currently focused on generating and developing internships, providing grant and fellowship funds to support advanced research projects and travel, sponsoring specialized programs to increase student awareness of job skills and career paths, and creating a comprehensive database of all enrichment opportunities linked to our website.
The Student Enrichment office engages the entire St. Mark’s community in our annual Career Day program which launched in November, 2013. The objective of this event is to provide our students with a dynamic experience that connects their academic pursuits with potential future endeavors. Career Day activities also facilitate a more meaningful and personal connection between our students and St. Mark’s alumni and parents.
The Student Enrichment office also works in conjunction with the St. Mark’s Global Citizenship initiative to promote summer programs offered in the United States as well as abroad.
The Faculty Development arm of the Center enhances faculty teaching through significant support for professional development, including opportunities for research and the implementation of innovative pedagogy.
In doing so, the Center creates a robust academic environment that actively works to recruit, develop, and retain the very best faculty. The Center also creates collaborative conference opportunities for educators that positively contribute to the national dialogue on 21st century secondary and post-secondary education. Additional information can be found here.
Through outreach programming and private consultation with the School’s Learning Specialist, the Academic Support branch of the Center strives to raise community awareness of effective teaching and learning strategies reflecting current understandings of the brain and education.
The Academic Support branch of the Center also sponsors a discussion series, Coffee Talk, which covers such topics as executive functioning, processing speed and memory. This series benefits St. Mark’s faculty as well as area educators. Select this link to learn more.