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Building a Culture of Educator Learning and Professional Growth

Date: Wednesday - March 13, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Alt School

Alt School Union Square 

Change in location: Renaissance Learning Office, 860 Broadway, 3rd floor  map

A 3–Part Series on 3/13/19, 4/17/19, 5/15/19 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. each day

All grades

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Building a Culture of Educator Learning and Professional Growth - Our recommendation is that each school sends a team of 2-5 people for this series. Suggested teams include Division Head and/or Academic Dean with a Department Chair and an Educator or two, or a whole department including Department Chair. 

Overview: During three two hour sessions, school leaders and educators will actively explore, defining a competency-based educator assessment system, establishing a process of educator goal setting and self-review, and using goal setting data to inform professional development planning. The series will culminate in creating a program of professional development for schools, departments or teams.

Session I - Defining a competency-based educator assessment system

Overview: Using the AltSchool Educator Pathways goal setting process and student assessment as a guide, develop an understanding of competency based assessment and how this can be used to develop a culture of educator goal setting within learning communities.


●  Develop an understanding and begin to evaluate educator professional growth programs across participating schools.

●  Explore and build a common understanding and definition of competency-based assessment as it relates to student and adult learning.

  • Pre-work: Bring your school’s educator rubric and/or guidelines for internal educator assessment and bring to our second session.

Task: If you have a educator goal setting process, please bring it to the next session if you would like to share.

Session II - Establish a process of educator goal setting and self-review

Overview: During this session, revisit the goals from our first group activity. Participants will have the opportunity to share their experiences or current school goal setting processes. We will then identify the key components of successful educator goal setting and self-review processes and create a simple personalized workflow that can be implemented in schools.


●  Explore possibilities for educator goal setting and the benefits it can bring to learning communities.

●  Create a simple workflow for an educator goal setting and self-review process.


Finish any incomplete workflows, identify next steps, bring any actual actual goal setting/self-assessment to next session, and email updates to session leaders before the next session.

Session III - Use goal setting data to inform professional development planning

Overview: Explore how schools can use educator growth and evaluation data to create a long and medium-term plans for professional development. Share examples of educator goal setting data and model out a professional development plan for an academic year. Create an action plan for your school.


Use actual or simulated educate goal setting and self-assessment data to answer the following questions:

●  What other data could you bring in to increase the validity of your collated information?

●  How can you use this data to align on professional development needs for your school/team?

●  How can you collaborate to plan a program of professional development across the school year to meet the identified needs of your school/team?


  • If you like feedback on your plans, we can provide that after this session.
Vicky Maisey is Head of School Management/Chief of Staff at AltSchool, assuring high-quality programs across our network of Lab Schools. She brings 20 years of experience teaching and leading Independent Schools in England, Chicago, and New York. Currently, Vicky leads AltSchool’s Educator Pathways Program, a comprehensive professional growth, development, assessment, and compensation program created through a committee of educators and school administration. Vicky also manages school development planning, quarterly stocktakes, which summarize and track network-wide school progress, twice-yearly lab school site visits, assessing individual school progress towards pre-determined goals, and network educator hiring.

Before AltSchool, Vicky was Head of Lower School at Aldwickbury School in the UK and has held leadership positions at GEMS World Academy and the British School in Chicago, as well as Christ Church Cathedral School at the University of Oxford.  Vicky earned a masters degree in Education from the Open University, her teaching credentials from the University of Manchester, and a bachelors in Music from the University of London.

Alex Ragone transforms schools by empowering students, teachers, and parents to solve authentic problems in their communities and beyond. He brings 20 years of experience leading and teaching in independent schools in New York City. Most recently, Alex was founding Head of School at AltSchool Union Square where he built a learning culture where students developed agency through deep project-based learning arcs and took responsibility for creating a positive and supportive learning community. Before AltSchool, Alex worked at City and Country School as their director of the middle and upper school where he defined systems to create curricular consistency throughout the program.

Alex is a regular speaker at national and regional conferences. He served on the NAIS Innovation Task Force, chaired various NYSAIS conference planning committees, and worked on a number of school accreditation teams. Alex holds a master’s degree in Instructional Design and Media from Teachers College and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from George Washington University.

Regular Registration Fees

  • NYSAIS Members - $215.00 
  • Non-members - $260.00  

Early Discount of $20.00 applies within 2 weeks of the event.

Late Fee of $10 applies within 2 days of the event.

Note: Payment is by credit card only. 

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