You can’t be a great teacher if you’re not a good student.  In the midst of our resplendent fall foliage, Katie Redding and Tess Kahn of our International Baccalaureate (“IB”) History team hosted a Round Table here on campus for more than 20 IB History teachers from across New England.  With Katie’s thoughtful guidance as lead facilitator, this group devoted an intensive day to constructing the IB History sequence and how to coach the extensive writing which our students undertake in IB History.  Kudos also to Jeremy Crumb and Dana Tifft for tending to the day’s logistics.

In Peter Senge’s terminology in The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization, Long Trail School is and always will be a learning organization. Our teachers and students alike celebrate learning.  And we invest significant time and money in our faculty’s learning because professional development has never been more important.

Professional development needs to be agile and continuous.  As with our students, we aim for “one-size-fits-one” learning so that we can channel each other’s strengths and passions – and even eccentricities – toward preparing our students for the lifelong challenge to create meaning.  In alignment with Senge’s typology, colleagues work individually to develop personal mastery and then connect through a shared version to synthesize relevant learning and best practices.  For Vermont’s first IB World School, it is our dedicated professionals bringing the best of themselves to their own growth that translates to the transformative learning which takes place inside and outside of our classrooms.

With gratitude,
/s/ Seth Linfield
Interim Head of School