The Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning
The Center was founded in 2012, as part of the school’s St. Mark’s 2020 Strategic Plan. As SM2020 outlines, the goals of the Center are as follows:
- To improve educational outcomes for students, especially in their intellectual development, with emphasis on skills needed for successful lives of leadership and service in the 21st century
- To enhance faculty teaching through support or faculty development, including opportunities for research and the development of innovative pedagogy.
- To identify, select, and develop effective pedagogies, curricula, and technologies that fit the educational mission, values, and character of St. Mark’s School
- To help recruit, develop, and retain the very best faculty, students, and staff 5. To contribute to the national dialogue on evolving secondary school education
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.
Led by the Center Director, the Faculty Development arm of the Center is devoted to supporting faculty professional learning and growth. Through individual goal-setting and 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 Center aims to make the school a vibrant learning community for faculty in order to create the best learning environment for our students.
The 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 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.
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.