This week, Holy Innocents' Episcopal School sent nine faculty members to Madrid and Pamplona, Spain for our first International Professional Learning Visit (PLV).
PLVs are professional development experiences that allow faculty to engage with peer institutions and immerse themselves in cultures of excellence.
"Last spring, we learned of Harvard Graduate School of Education’s plans to host a Project Zero Perspectives conference
in Pamplona, Spain in October, and we believed the conference offered a perfect opportunity to pair learning about how to engage in cultural differences and develop perspective taking, while at the same time, actively participating in such an experience," Heather Bradford, director of professional learning, said. "Additionally, the conference theme – 'Understanding for a Complex World' – allows participants to explore questions around what is important to learn today that will prepare us for an unknown future, and how we develop a student's disposition to think about the future and with complexity."
This group of faculty members was also committed to spending pre-trip time together as a cohort both planning logistics for the trip and engaging with the text "Future Wise – Educating Our Children for a Changing World" in preparation for the conference strands. Upon their return, they will continue to meet and further their learning.
Each division has two faculty members traveling so that they have a learning partner to strategize with upon return.
Our Spain PLV members are:
Primary School: Laura Clark and Jacqueline Gil
Lower School: Laura Wood and Laura Thurber
Middle School: Maureen Danzig and Susan Harper
Upper School: Teresa Cook, Sarah Townsend and Erik Vincent, administrative trip lead