Beginning Teachers Institute

The Beginning Teacher Institute (BTI) is a 3-day residential conference designed for first or second year teachers and assistant teachers. The program supports professional growth and development in three main areas:

  1. The self (goals, personal growth)
  2. The relationship to the school (parents, colleagues, Heads, and students)
  3. 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 experience is highlighted by small group discussions led by a staff of experienced teachers and facilitators, along with videotaping of sample lessons by participants. The institute is commonly offered twice annually for two, 3-day sessions in October at The Carey Institute in Rensselaerville, New York.

The staff of the Beginning Teachers Institute includes two seasoned teachers or administrators who serve in a leadership role. 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,

Staff in 2019-20:

  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.
 Jon Calos is the director of Emma Willard's Signature program, a capstone course, and teaches biology. He is in his 22nd year at Emma, a 9-12 boarding and day school in Troy, NY. Jon has been a regular staff member at BTI for years and is psyched to be back again this year!
 Martha Clizbe - Martha Clizbe is currently the Math Department Chair at Millbrook School (9-12 boarding school). She has been a math teacher for 28 years, 5 of those at Cheshire Academy and 3 as a middle school teacher at St. Luke’s School in Greenwich Village, NYC.
 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”.
 Heather McKay is the Language Arts Coordinator and Coach at the Berkeley Carroll School. Previously, she was a Second Grade Teacher at Berkeley Carroll as well as at Poly Prep. She is also a Consulting Teacher for The Center for Responsive Schools.
 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.
 Erik Resurreccion is currently the Assistant Head of the Pre and Lower School at Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn, NY. A native New Yorker, he began his career as a first grade teacher at Wilmington Friends School in Wilmington, Delaware, before returning to New York where he spent over 20 years as a classroom teacher in Kindergarten through the third grades at The Allen-Stevenson School (K-9 boys school). In addition, he has served on the NYSAIS Diversity Committee and spent several years leading POCIS-NY (People of Color in Independent Schools - NY).
 Ingrid Sabogal is the Middle School (6-8) Ethics and Technology Coordinator at Ethical Culture Fieldston School. She currently works with the administration, faculty, students and parents to frame technology learning experiences and purchasing through the lenses of diversity, identity, human rights, environmental sustainability and wellness.
 Sabra Sanwal is starting her 26th year at Emma Willard School (girls 9-12 boarding and day school in Troy, NY). She is a French instructor and has taught at the secondary and college levels.
 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
    • July 7, 2020 Executive Functioning: What we are learning from online instruction and how it will benefit us when we are back in the classroom 9:00 AM to 10:00 AMeSeminar
      Online via zoom, Andrew Ayers and Amelia Glauber, Collegiate School. 
      Three-part series: July 7, 8, 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
      Audience:  K- 5th Grade
      Details and Registration here!
    • July 7, 2020 Best Practices for Teaching Remotely 10:00 AM to 11:00 AMeSeminar
      Online via zoom, Hassan Wilson, Friends Seminary
      July 7, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
      Audience:  K-12 Educators
      Details and Registration here!
    • July 7, 2020 LS Reading: Engaging, high-impact, practices for early reading: Teaching phonics, fluency, and comprehension in an online, face-to-face or hybrid environment 11:00 AM to 12:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom with Dr. Jennifer Zwillenberg
      July 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
      Audience: Teachers in grades K-3
      Details and Registration here!
    • July 7, 2020 Reflections from a High School Choral Teacher, What I know, What I learned, What I have yet to learn: How will we approach and plan for the Fall? 1:00 PM to 2:00 PMeSeminar
      Online via zoom, Dr. Jacqueline Martino, King School (CT)
      July 7, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
      Audience: High School, Middle School,  Music teachers, and  Music dept chairs
      Details and Registration here!
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