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2016 Institute for New Teachers
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  • Atlanta, GA: July 12-14
  • Charlotte, NC: July 19-21
  • Nashville, TN: July 26-28


The Institute for New Teachers is a must-attend workshop for the teacher new to teaching or just new to the world of the independent school. In addition to the educational component, there is also an experiential one -- each participant presents a videotaped lesson that is critiqued by peers and the experienced faculty. Past participants have rated this as one of their best learning and growing experiences.  Please note that registrations must be received at least 5 days prior to the start date of the institute.  View a sample institute schedule here.


Date: July 12-14
Location: St. Martin's Episcopal School, 3110 Ashford Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319


Date: July 19-21
Location: Providence Day School, 5800 Sardis Rd, Charlotte, NC 28270


Date: July 26-28
Location: Brentwood Academy, 219 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37027


  • I learned how to really be prepared to identify myself and my style as a preparatory measure for the classroom. I think it will help me maintain quality in a way I hadn't considered before.  Improv is valuable, but so is preparation!
  • This is THE workshop to go to as a new teacher! It is not to be missed! You will learn so much about yourself as a teacher and leave with a renewed sense of enthusiasm!
  • This conference helped me understand the culture of independent schools. As a former public school teacher, it was helpful to learn some of the differences between the two.
  • As a new teacher who went through various teacher preparation programs in college, I learned far more than I ever expected to in only 3 days.
  • The taped sessions provided what I think will become indispensable feedback as I start teaching. The sessions covered information and strategies that I expect to start using in my classes right away.
  • To quote a fellow participant, "this provided me with 90% of what I think I'll really use as a new teacher" … compared to 10% that I already thought I knew!  Such rich, straightforward information was SO HELPFUL – thank you!
  • This is the best 3-day crash course I could have ever asked for.
  • As a brand new teacher, I found it incredibly helpful to have others in the same boat with the same fears and working together to overcome them. I also think that one of the most valuable things was developing an entry plan, and I enjoyed the time outside of the "classroom" to get to know other new teachers and reflect on the sessions with them.
  • I was encouraged to think about some practical applications that I never had thought of before. I come from an education program that only addressed theoretical issues, and it was refreshing to think about my pencil sharpening policy and encounter specific examples with parents.
  • I learned the importance of planning ahead. I feel that I have not been particularly good at this in the past and I got some great ideas and strategies to use. From knowing where I want my students to be at the end of the year to creating a constructive, engaging classroom for my students to walk into on the first day.
  • My favorites were the hands-on things (for example, when they gave us a list of difficult parent scenarios and we had to brainstorm how to address them).  Also, the personal anecdotes from the instructors will really stick with me.
  • I enjoyed practicing teaching and watching others teach to learn new strategies to improve.  It also helped to play the role of the student, since it's easy to forget how new information sounds.  I learned that the one who does the work does the learning, so I will definitely step back from spoon-feeding so much.
  • I appreciated how the seminars touched on various aspects of the teaching experience, and how all of the instructors gave great personal advice from their own successes and failures. They also gave great advice about how not only to do a good job teaching, but also how to simply enjoy doing the job.
  • Listen and pay close attention to the comments from your peers and supporting faculty members during the videotaping, as it's very rare to get such valuable feedback from so many people all at once.
  • The feedback I received during my videotaped lesson was very insightful. It gave me a lot to think about as far as my strengths and weaknesses, new ideas to add to my lesson, and ways to improve certain areas of my lesson.
  • This conference was so, SO helpful. This will only be my second year teaching (my first year in an independent school) so I really knew nothing. The information provided was so relevant and has already been helpful. I would definitely recommend this conference to any new teacher.
  • My teaching techniques have improved tremendously from this seminar.  The videotaped sessions were the most valuable.
  • It's absolutely the best 3 days a new teacher can spend before their first year of teaching!
  • The Institute for New Teachers made me much more comfortable with the idea of starting teaching right out of undergrad, which was something I had been worrying about.
  • It was wonderful!  I feel very prepared to go into my classroom -- and this is my third year teaching. Thank you for all your time and effort to make sure our kids get the best we have to give.

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