Faculty training: FOSTERING a Dynamic Learning Community
Corbett Preparatory School of IDS aligns works with actions in creating a vibrant learning community that starts with teachers and staff. Because of our commitment to professional development, we attract and keep “first-class” teachers. We recognize and respect the teacher as the key to the future, so we focus on training that specifically supports their work in developing a child's highest potential for learning and living.
Dr. Joyce Burick Swarzman, who has trained teachers locally and internationally for decades, made professional development a priority when she became the head of Corbett Prep – then known as Independent Day School – in the 1990s. Today she remains at the school as its president of initiatives and training, where she can focus on Corbett Prep's mission of serving as a private school with a public purpose. Read more about Dr. Swarzman here.
A commitment to training begins with identifying and developing faculty who seeks to be known for their life-long learning focus. We pride ourselves in embracing the Olympic Mentality Model into all we do as educators, whereby the best are always working to be better.
It means building in the time for study, reflections, and review. During teacher in-service every Tuesday, half-day workshops once a month, and week-long intensive training before the start of school, we provide the clear message that we are a culture that supports a lifelong learning mentality.
In the Olympics, it’s called “Going for the Gold” or breaking and creating new records. For our own purposes, “winning” means both teachers and students win when we strive for excellence in the classroom.
Corbett Prep regularly invites educators to campus for professional development. As a "private school with a public purpose," Corbett Prep remains committed to and passionate about sharing its learning community with educators from the Tampa Bay area, the state of Florida, and around the world.