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

March 16, 2018

Tiny Techies: Coding with Kids

by Alexandra Gerba, Associate Pre-K Teacher

Earlier this year, with the grace and guidance of our wonderful tech team, the pre-K Lions and Tigers embarked on a journey with Doodlematic, an incredible app that very simply teaches children how to code.  

March 14, 2018

After-School Robotics Lessons with Posoco

by Maria Munoz, After School and Summer Programs Coordinator

The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in our Robotics 2 after-school program have been hard at work designing circuit boards! Understanding circuit boards and electricity are fundamental to computing and robotics.  

March 9, 2018

Warren Berger: Nurturing the Ability to Question

by Jennette Mullaney

“Questioning is a 21st-century survival skill,” says Warren Berger, self-described “questionologist” and author of A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas.   

March 6, 2018

Ringing in the New Year with Lion Dances

by Dorine Yang, Nursery Teacher

When the teachers played a short video of professional lion dancers, the children were mesmerized. They were drawn to the bright colors and the cheeky movements of the lion.  

March 6, 2018

Ruckus Constructus 2018

by Jennette Mullaney

On Sunday, February 25, hundreds of Avenues community members came together for Ruckus Constructus, our annual STEAM fair. This year's theme was global climate change. 

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