Congratulations to our Middle School faculty who recently presented at the OESIS Conference in Boston. OESIS is a US-based innovation network of 400+ prestigious independent schools, and Princeton Day School is the only independent school that had four faculty members presenting at the Boston conference. Tara Quigley, Humanities teacher, and Sheila Goeke, Director of Libraries, presented "6th-8th Grade Digital Literacies in Humanities"; Jamie Atkeson, MS Technology Coordinator, presented "Aviation and Science: Interdisciplinary Exploration;" and Nichole Foster-Hinds, MS Math Teacher/Acting Math Department Chair 5-8, presented "Angry Birds with Algebra."
Miss Fine's Center
The Miss Fine’s Center at Princeton Day School is dedicated to the committed faculty members who have advanced and who continue to advance the school’s mission to deliver excellence in teaching in an ever-changing world.
Established in 2014, the purpose of the Miss Fine’s Center is to promote the collaborative study of topics and themes that demand and benefit from an interdisciplinary approach. The Center, endowed through the generosity of Kenneth L. Wallach and Susan Schildkraut Wallach ’64, provides ongoing financial support for professional development, travel, and research for PDS faculty.
The goals of the Center are advanced through the efforts of faculty members, known as Miss Fine’s Center Fellows, who engage in interdisciplinary work and share their findings with their faculty colleagues, as well as in forums beyond the school community, including national independent school conferences and other discipline-specific professional gatherings.
Tara Quigley, director of the Miss Fine's Center at Princeton Day School, has announced the 2016 Miss Fine's Center Fellows. Through the generosity of the Center, the Fellows engage in interdisciplinary work and share their findings with their faculty colleagues, as well as in forums beyond the school community, including national independent school conferences and other discipline-specific professional gatherings. Here are the 2016 Fellows and their projects... (click through to read more)
- Rachel Kamen and the 7th grade core teachers (Katy Terry, Jane Grigger, Paul Epply-Schmidt, Beth Yakoby) for training related to a new, interdisciplinary, 7th grade Philadelphia field trip experience centered around a grade-wide reading of the novel Fever, 1793.
- Stephanie Stuefer and Carrie Norin for attending a design thinking workshop at the Stanford Design School and bring back what they learned to a collaborative project with 9th grade biology and ceramics.
- Jessica Clingman, Carmen Santa-Cruz, and Tara Quigley for attending PBL (Project Based Learning) World in California in order to incorporate interdisciplinary lessons into their math, science, Spanish, and Humanities courses using the project based learning methodology.
- Channing McCullough for attending a workshop at Penn State entitled Arab Arts and Culture and with plans to return and collaborate with 6th grade Humanities and MS and US Spanish.
- Edem Afemeku and Todd Gudgel for time to develop a songbook and archive of songs which can be used to more actively engage students in target language acquisition, as well as to bring music and language into other classes in MS and US.
- Sixth grade teachers Drew Lloyd, Joseph Reilly, and Cindy Peifer for working on a curriculum for an outdoor, experiential, interdisciplinary day for the sixth grade students and faculty.
- Nichole Foster-Hinds for creating more project-based units for her classes in order to bring more student-driven, real world, and interdisciplinary work into MS math. Jamie Atkeson will also collaborate with her on using technology to facilitate her student activities.
- Jessica Clingman and Maryann Ortiz for working on revising some of the 5th grade science units to make them more project-based and interdisciplinary. Collaboration with Jamie Atkeson will also allow for technology integration into some student activities.
- Katy Terry, Karen Latham, Sheila Goeke, and Jamie Atkeson for developing a To Kill a Mockingbird “podcast” unit that will tie the novel to social justice issues and current events.
- Anne Robideaux for attending the 2016 Santa Barbara Historical Dance Workshop and for implementing historic Spanish dance classes for youth in an interdisciplinary manner. She plans to collaborate with MS Spanish and Humanities.