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

August 14, 2019

See the Winning Photos from the 2019 Global Journeys Fifth Term Photo Contest

by Morgan Baum, Global Journeys


Global Journeys offers several programs students can take during Fifth Term, and in 2019, students participated in programs to China, Ecuador, Guatemala, Brazil and Hawaii.   

August 8, 2019

Learning about Financial Literacy in Chinese Class

by Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher


The 7th grade Wu Ji Xian class completed another project in their target language—a financial literacy project named “ru guo wo you yi bai wan,” or, “if I had one million dollars.”  

July 30, 2019

Show and Tell in Mandarin Chinese

by LiMei Ye, 1st Grade Teacher


We discovered an even better way to encourage students to speak more in Chinese—by holding a "show and tell" in the target language.  

July 25, 2019

Kindergarteners Learn about Central American Culture

by Meagan Gutierrez, Kindergarten Teacher


This past spring, the kindergarten’s Owls and Toucans learned about their teachers' different cultures in the target language. We took time to talk about the mountainous terrain which yields various types of exotic fruit in Honduras and also touched on the volcanos surrounded by lakes in Nicaragua.  

July 18, 2019

Dancing a Poem with the Avenues Dance Club

by Dina Gray, Dance and Movement Teacher


This year I had the opportunity to work with my 6th grade dance club to create a piece for the Avenues spring dance concert. We decided to use the Maya Angelou’s poem “Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All” as a jumping-off point.  

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