Beginning Teachers Institute

The Beginning Teacher Institute (BTI) is designed for first or second year teachers and assistant teachers. The experience is highlighted by small group discussions led by a staff of experienced teachers and facilitators, along with videotaping of sample lessons by participants. In 2020-21, the expanded institute will be held via Zoom with a full-day session at the start and the end of the institute, and monthly Zoom meetings in November through February. 


Full-day sessions:

  • October 6, 2020 - Opening Day, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with an hour lunch break
  • April 15, 2021 - Closing Day, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with an hour lunch break

Monthly sessions are on the following Mondays, from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.:

  • November 9
  • December 7
  • January 25
  • February 22

The program supports professional growth and development in three main areas:

  • The self (goals, personal growth)
  • The relationship to the school (parents, colleagues, Heads, and students)
  • The vocation of teaching (curriculum, classroom management)

Areas of focus of BTI include:

  • Parent Conferences
  • Classroom Management
  • Writing Comments and Grades
  • Setting Goals
  • Subject Area Discussions
  • Grade Level Discussions
  • Working with Students with Learning Differences
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Current Issues in School Today

The staff of the Beginning Teachers Institute includes seasoned teachers and administrators who serve in leadership roles. Participation on the staff of the Beginning Teachers Institute includes occasional meetings for planning prior to the institute, as well as full participation and leadership during the institute. Those who would like more information and/or are interested in serving on the staff of one of our institutes should contact Marcy Mann, Associate Director for Professional Learning,

Register here

Staff in 2020-21:

  Kyle Anderson has been teaching for 15 years in New York independent schools. She is currently teaching fourth grade social studies and is a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team at the Calhoun School. She has previously taught at the Spence School, The Dalton School and The Town School in grades kindergarten through fourth grade.
 Becky Blumenthal is the 3rd and 4th grade science teacher at The Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn. She also serves as the Coordinator for Peer Facilitated Faculty Growth across all 3 BC divisions. In her 19 years of teaching, Becky has taught science in all grades from Kindergarten through 8th, starting with 4 years in Massachusetts at The Shady Hill School and Wellesley Middle School before coming to Brooklyn.
 Sara Beasley has been teaching English for more than thirty years, including 11 years at the Taft School, 7 years at the University of Pennsylvania while a doctoral student, and 3 years at Davidson College as a visiting instructor. With 13 years at Spence as an English and World Literature teacher in both middle and upper school classrooms, she is beginning her third year as Department Head. 
 Kim Deveaux has served nationally in schools as an educator, professional developer, and educational technologist. Currently, she is the Ethics and Technology Coordinator at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. At ECFS she is a member of the Innovation, Integration, Collaboration Committee team, STEAM team and a co-leader of the EC/Kenya Buddy School Program. Kim also serves as a co-leader for the New York Consortium for Independent School Technologists K-6 (NYCISTk6) group. When not working, Kim loves to bake and ice skate! 
 Jared Fishman - Jared Fishman has been a teacher since 2004, most of those years at the Hackley School in Tarrytown. In his time at Hackley, he has taught history at both the middle and upper levels, and had a hand in designing new curriculum and courses throughout the school. He has served as a MS Dean, ran the ASK program (After School Knowledge), and currently is at the helm of Hackley’s Gaming Club. In 2014, Jared was the recipient of the Mary Lambos award for MS teaching, as well as the Davidson Chair in History a few years later. Most recently, he hosted over 80 teachers for multiple NYSAIS conferences focused on “Roleplaying, Games, and Simulations in the History Classroom”.
 Kinjal Mankad Nicholls is a K-4 Learning Specialist at the Spence School in New York City. Prior to being a specialist, she taught Grades 1 and 2 at Spence and LREI. Kinjal has helped implement Responsive Classroom throughout her school, as well as develop their associate program. Kinjal is also a parent of two independent school students.
  Pankti Sevak serves at the Head of Middle School at Friends Seminary. Prior to Friends, Pankti was a science teacher and Head of Class VIII and IX at the Brearley School and a science teacher at East Side Community High School. Pankti studied Biology and earned her MAT in Science at Cornell University.
 Mark Silberberg - Mark Silberberg has served students, faculty and families for the past 30 years. He began his career as a high school English and science teacher in the public schools and then went on to found and co-direct a K-12 charter school. For the past 16 years, he has worked at the Little Red School House & Elisabeth Irwin High School in Greenwich Village, NYC. For 11 of those years, he served at Middle School Head; he currently serves as the school's Director of Learning & Innovation.
 Clay Squire is currently teaching 8th grade science, Chemistry, and Physics at The Brearley School. He has also taught Kindergarten, 4th grade, 5th grade, 7th grade, and Biology. He is beginning his 38th year in education, having previously taught at University High School in San Francisco and the Punahou School in Honolulu. He loves juggling, playing with his dog, Lovie, and the New York Mets.




NYSAIS Events Registration
    • January 20, 2021 From Morocco to Dubai: Engagement and Immersion with Virtual Reality 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Mimi Melkonian, The Brunswick School
      4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Audience: Middle and Upper School World Language Teachers
      Details and registration here.
      This event is eligible for ETI cohort registrants.
    • January 21, 2021 Media Literacy in Action 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom
      Presenter: Jaclyn Kahn Siegel, Winston Preparatory School
      Two sessions, Thursdays, January 21 & 28, 2021
      4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
      Audience: Teachers, grades 5-12
      Details and registration here.
    • January 25, 2021 How to Be an Antiracist School 4:00 PM to 5:00 PMWebinar on Zoom
      Online via zoom - 
      Audience:  Educators, Administrators, Staff, Trustees, Students
      Speaker: Ibram X. Kendi

      Details and Registration
    • January 27, 2021 Trustee Governance Conference: Strategic Thinking for Boards and Heads of School 4:00 PM to 7:00 PMZoom

      On Zoom
      Speakers: John Gulla, William Kummel, Elizabeth Denevi, Mariama Richards, Caryn Pass, Kristen Power, Suzanne Baumgarten, Mark Lauria, plus a panel of Board Chairs and Finance Chairs

      Details and registration here.

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