Cultivating and Empowering a 21st Century Faculty

Status: RECORDED on NOV 02, 2011

$156 Non-Member

[$143.00 Gold Member]

As academic administrators, your primary responsibility is to ensure a healthy faculty culture that leads to high and sustained student performance, enthusiasm, and satisfaction. You do this by supporting the teachers’ capacity to deliver the mission with excellence.

“The words ‘highly qualified’ should no longer refer to a teacher with extensive pedagogical training or years of experience; they should refer to a teacher whose work improves student learning” (I&P Vol. 35, No. 11). What does this mean in the 21st century? ISM suggests that there are two main elements: teacher as leader and student as leader.* Discover specifics action steps that you can take to create a learning environment in your school that supports teaching excellence through a 21st century lens.

* There will be a related webinar on November 16 that focuses on the 21st century student.

You'll cover these topics and more:

  • Establishing student-centered learning through Characteristics of Professional Excellence
  • Measuring teacher effectiveness
  • Teacher accountability
  • Providing leadership opportunities for teachers
  • Professional collaboration and interdisciplinary teaching
  • Developing a mission-based curriculum
  • Compensation based on “value-added”
  • Professional development for reaching 21st century learners
  • Action steps for faculty members

Run Time:
Total run time is 60 minutes. The presentation will run approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes designated for Q&A.

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Barbara Beachley

ISM Director of Advisory Services | Consultant


Barbara provides her expertise in the areas of student-centered and brain-based pedagogies, faculty growth and culture, faculty evaluation, academic leadership, mission identity, survey best practices, and data analysis.

Current Role

As Director of ISM Advisory Services, Barbara:

  • Oversees ISM’s Consulting, Publications, Research, and Professional Development divisions
  • Consults in strategic academic planning and school leadership
  • Writes for ISM’s publications, including Ideas & Perspectives
  • Facilitates some of ISM's scheduling workshops, empowering teachers to transition to and teach effectively in longer periods
  • Leads courses at ISM’s Summer Institute, including Transformative Academic Leadership: Inspire and Empower Excellence and Administration and Faculty Evaluation: Maximize Your Team's Capacity
  • Speaks at educational conferences, including CASE-NAIS, EMA, and AISAP
  • Facilitates Board and school leadership retreats

Prior Experience

Barbara joined ISM in 2011 after working in the field of education since 1996. She served as an ESL and adult literacy teacher at Boston University, MA; an upper school modern language teacher at the MacDuffie School, MA; and a language teacher and lead advisor at Collegiate School, VA. She also served as Academic Dean at Cape Henry Collegiate School, VA, where she oversaw curriculum and professional growth in grades PK−12.

While enrolled at Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh, she attended a year of high school in France through School Year Abroad. She later lived in Spain and Brazil, where she learned Spanish and Portuguese.


Barbara holds a bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish from Trinity College, CT; a master’s degree in applied linguistics from Boston University, MA; a master’s degree in educational administration from Harvard University, MA; and a master’s degree in independent school leadership from the Klingenstein Center at Teachers College, Columbia University, NY.

Personal Mission Statement

To cherish my work and to support and empower educators such that they cherish theirs.

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