Student-Centered Teaching and Leading: What Does It Look Like?

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We hear a lot about schools striving to become more student-centered. We also hear questions such as:
"Haven't we always been student-centered?"
"Aren't students the point of our existence?"
"What does that really mean?"

This Webinar is designed to provide insights for assessing your school on the spectrum between adult-centered and student-centered. It provides concrete ways to implement policies, structures, schedules, and teaching methods that truly put students at the heart of everything you do, just as your mission does.

You'll cover these topics and more:

  • Ways to assess your school's student-centeredness and monitor progress over time
  • Policies that offer students the predictability and support needed for high performance, satisfaction, and enthusiasm
  • Student-centered scheduling best practices
  • Why supporting faculty is essential in a student-centered school
  • Teaching methods that put students in the driver's seat

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

Expertise

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.

Education

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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