Professional Development at Peck

One of Peck’s institutional priorities for employees is to ensure that the growth mindset flourishes. We know that teachers who approach their own professional development with creativity and passion become role models for their students, who are still developing the agency needed for a lifetime of learning.  And so, in addition to a myriad of other professional development opportunities open to employees, Peck created the 'Deep Dive' to even further amplify professional growth.

About The Deep Dive

Peck created its ‘Deep Dive’ to formalize a process for faculty to have the time, administrative support, funding, and resources to comprehensively explore a professional interest. Operating within a structured framework, this self-directed process encourages profound personal development and self-reflection—and often leads to a ‘ripple effect’ of innovation and energy in the classroom.

This one-year experience is open to full-time faculty and staff who have been at Peck for more than two years, and is offered on a four-year rotation. 

Deep Dive Highlights

Since the Deep Dive process was launched in 2016, the running list of topics has grown to reflect the vibrant and profound professional interests of the teachers at The Peck School. Here are a few notable pursuits either in-progress or completed:

  • Connecting Collections (a database of artwork for use in interdisciplinary lessons): Scott Beil, Art Teacher
  • Responsive Classroom Approach: Katie Bruno, Third Grade Homeroom Teacher
  • Re-imagining Academic Reading: Chelsey Carr, English Teacher
  • STEAM in Art: Karen Dispenziere, Art Teacher
  • Digital Student Portfolios Using SeeSaw and Google Sites: Jen Garvey, Lower School Technology, Innovation, & Design Integrator
  • New York City During the Industrial Age: Sue Longenecker, History Teacher
  • Robotics and Programming: Tim Loveday, Science Teacher
  • Laser Cutting and Woodshop: Mark Mortensen, Woodworking Teacher
  • Implementing Orton-Gillingham: Christa Nees, First Grade Homeroom Teacher
  • A Problem-Based Approach to Math: Amy Papandreou, Math Teacher
  • Creative Writing in Early Education: Sasha Schreiner, Second Grade Teacher
  • Opening an Idea & Design Lab: Bruce Schwartz, Director of the Osborn Idea & Design Lab
  • American Sign Language: Kristin Young, Kindergarten Teacher