The Experienced Teachers Institute (ETI) provides an opportunity for teachers with over 10 years in the field to spend time with seasoned colleagues reflecting on their schools, their teaching, and their career paths, putting attention on the stress caused by change. Participants enjoy a few comfortable days at The Mohonk Mountain House engaging in individual thought and reflection, examining current trends and topics in the field. They have the opportunity to meet with others in subject/grade level groups to discuss curricular issues and teaching strategies, and return to school with a design for a project, new approaches to familiar challenges, and a renewed outlook. Years later, participants say the ETI experience was a highlight of their professional development career!
The Experienced Teachers institute provides chances for experienced teachers to:
Becky Blumenthal is in her 18th year as faculty at the Berkeley Carroll School, 16 as a Lower School Science Teacher, and now serving as the Lower School Dean of Faculty. Becky attributes her long-lasting enthusiasm for teaching in part to provocative professional learning experiences that have helped her to continuously grow as an educator. Becky recently completed the NYSAIS 2-year Emerging Leaders Institute, and over the last 10 years has led and co-led a range of professional learning opportunities, such as the NYSAIS Beginning Teachers Institute, workshops at National Science Teachers Association conferences and a long-running Critical Friends Groups at Berkeley Carroll. Becky very much enjoyed attending the Experienced Teachers Institute a number of years ago, and is excited to join the staff this year for the first time!
Javaid Khan currently serves as the Head of the Middle Division at Horace Mann School. Prior to his appointment, he was the Head of Upper School (Grades 5-8) at Bank Street School for Children. Previously, Javaid worked in various capacities at Poly Prep Country Day School in Brooklyn, including as an English Teacher, Basketball Coach, and the Director of Diversity. Javaid is the father of two and a proud alumnus of independent schools himself.
Dr. Kenny Graves (he/him) currently serves as the Upper School (9-12) Assistant Principal for Academic Life and Director of Studies at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, where he also teaches courses in media, technology, and ethics and serves as an form advisor and a coach for the Mock Trial team and Maker’s Club. Kenny is also an adjunct professor at The Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to his current role, Kenny worked as an educational technologist at Fieldston and has also worked in public schools as an award-winning English teacher and instructional coach.