Professional Learning

At Avenues, our teachers never stop growing.

For students to become engaged learners and flexible thinkers, teachers must boldly lead by example. Our teachers are lifelong learners with an infectious thirst for knowledge, and who model that thirst for their students.

Professional learning isn’t something we do every so often at a conference. We’re learning intently, on the job, every day. We learn from our colleagues, from our leaders and from our own experience.

When it comes to professional development, collaboration is key. Avenues faculty spend hundreds of hours working in teams throughout the year, developing curricula, reflecting on student progress and identifying ways to improve. Avenues teachers have described this as the richest learning experience of their careers. In addition to giving faculty the time and space to support each other, we provide dedicated professional learning sessions during the summer and on full days throughout the school year. Teachers also receive regular feedback from leaders whose job it is to help them succeed. Avenues faculty also have access to resources such as tuition reimbursement for further training and funding to attend conferences.

Recent Articles from OPEN, our news and discussion blog

July 19, 2018

An Exploration in Mixed-Media Self Portraits

by Dorine Yang, Nursery Teacher


As the children are becoming more representational in their drawings, we decided that it would be a excellent opportunity for them to create self portraits. These portraits were also a great way to review and teach new Chinese words related to the face while introducing a new way to do art.  

July 18, 2018

Avenues: The People Speak

by By Ron Widelec, Yongling Lu, and Ryan Misler


This year, student were tasked with created their own version of Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History project, in which Dr. Zinn planned events with famous actors performing primary documents written by the kinds of ordinary people that have acted throughout history to organize movements for greater liberty, equality and democracy.   

July 11, 2018

A Minimester Focused on Mahjong

by Ting Wang, Upper Division Chinese Teacher


In the workshop course Mahjong Master, my students had the opportunity to learn Chinese Mahjong, a game deeply ingrained in Asian culture and popular around the world.  

June 27, 2018

Developing Pre-literacy Skills in Pre-K

by Daisy Vivar, Pre-K Teacher


Throughout the year, the pre-K Cats and Rabbits learned about caring for books. We practiced skills like turning one page at a time. We also worked on increasing our self-awareness of who we are as readers.  

June 19, 2018

Why It’s Important to Read Books Not Everyone Likes

by Cherie Yanek, Upper Division Librarian


The American Library Association recently released their list of the top 10 books that were challenged in 2017 – and I must admit, a lot of those that made the list are some books I really enjoyed. More importantly, many of the books that made those lists are incredibly popular with our students.  

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