Summer Enrichment at Teachers College, Columbia University
Lower School teachers Katherine Granger, Annie Veazey, Ashley Sharpton, Katie Maynard, and Sarah Widener attended Teachers College Summer Institutes.
Lovett's endowed summer study and travel funds allow faculty to take advantage of professional development opportunities that might not be feasible during the school year. Lower School teachers Katherine Granger, Annie Veazey, Ashley Sharpton, Katie Maynard, and Sarah Widener attended Teachers College Summer Institutes, which focused on the best practices in teaching, reading and writing. Upon their return, Ashley Sharpton offered this reflection, which captures the power of the experience for all five attendees:
“This summer I attended Teachers College Reading Institute at Columbia University in New York City. The first morning, Lucy Calkins, founder of the program, read an article that brought the entire group to tears. As we immersed ourselves in the story, we weren’t aware of the strategies Lucy was using to captivate our attention, yet we were lost in her words, lost in her delivery. The strategies gave us no option but to surrender our attention. This experience is how I would define my time at Teachers College. Engaged. Intrigued. Ambitious.”