Professional development for teachers is essential for helping them stay up-to-date on changes in curricula, technology, and teaching methods. Professional development activities can also help teachers learn new strategies for teaching and for using classroom technology.
The best teachers are tireless learners who continuously challenge the status quo, explore new ideas, and hone their craft. At PDS, we seek professional development opportunities that provide valuable insight into effective boy-centered teaching practices and, most importantly, we are lifelong learners.
In October, four PDS faculty members, Darilyn Christenbury, Emily Lequerica, Weezie Pouget, and Tony Rudzena, visited one of Australia’s oldest and most respected Presbyterian schools for boys, The Scots College.
The Scots College is located in Bellevue Hill, an eastern suburb of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. As a boarding and day school of over 125 years, Scots serves boys ages three to twelfth grade on seven unique campuses.
Grounded in their educational philosophy, Brave Hearts Bold Minds, Scots is much like PDS in their desire to provide a rich academic experience while developing character and values that will shape a boy’s future. Darilyn, Emily, Weezie, and Tony, spent time visiting with the Scots leadership team, observing in classrooms, participating in a professional learning day led by Scots faculty, visiting their outdoor campus, and meeting with the Scots Research Team.
"The opportunity to visit a world-class boys' school like The Scots College was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I was challenged to think deeply about what it means to incorporate research into my teaching model. I was also amazed at the confirmation that PDS is a world-class school doing incredible things."