Randolph Teachers Love Challenge Too

Posted by Glynn Below - 07 July, 2017

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Today, July 7th, is an awesome opportunity to hear from Laura Bernick, one of our 2nd grade teachers, and Laurel Shockley, our Assistant Lower School Division Head and Director of Teaching and Learning.

It's been a great professional challenge for me and my colleagues this summer as we set an example of 'stepping outside our comfort zone.' As we all dove into mastering the modern strategies of marketing, we learned so much about the importance of sharing our program in new ways.

While it may seem strange to think that we are "marketing" our school, that really is the appropriate term. We want to convey the unique value of a Randolph experience and know that our prospective and current families like to engage with web and social media to find out what's going on. The very nature of an independent school is that parents have a choice, and we want to be sure to explain why we are the best choice for them using the communications tools that are most convenient and effective for them.

While brainstorming blog topics and ways to connect with viewers, two of the simplest elements of a truly effective workplace occurred to me - collegiality and professionalism. The tone of a school is often set by the interactions of the teachers, and I can say without hesitation that Randolph is a truly professional and collaborative environment, a place where gifted teachers and staff members pull together, helping each other to achieve the same high standards and goals.

We are all encouraged, supported and nurtured to do our very best to make our program the most enduringly meaningful experience for the students that we can, to remain constantly aware that ours is a student-centered approach.

Teachers are not tenured here; employment contracts are offered annually, but this doesn't create a threatening or unstable atmosphere at all. We are all encouraged, supported and nurtured to do our very best to make our program the most enduringly meaningful experience for the students that we can, to remain constantly aware that ours is a student-centered approach.2X0A9756.jpg

When we called on our Lower School and administrative colleagues this summer to support our effort to inform and engage families, not a single one said no. In fact, everyone who's engaged in our blogs, webinars, eBook and Facebook Live events has unanimously agreed that our exercise has been uplifting. The chance to reflect on and talk through our program and philosophy has been a helpful, clarifying experience.

I often tell people that I love my work in Admissions because I get to see what the whole School is doing. Well, this summer, I've loved the engagement with my colleagues, discovering and sharing their dynamic, inspiring, and deeply committed work.

Join us for these nuggets of program information. You'll find you want to be with these professionals in this wonderful world of school.

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Topics: challenge, collaboration, communication, professional growth, social media, Student-centered


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