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We Never Stop Learning

Character, conduct, scholarship, leadership and service — these are the key tenets of our mission. But equally important is the framework through which we instill these qualities in our students. We expect every adult at Severn to model the values stated in our mission; to create an atmosphere of excellence that encompasses our entire community. The Severn Summer Institute is one way that our faculty keeps their commitment to lifelong learning, just as we expect of our students from year to year.

What is the Severn Summer Institute?

The Severn Summer Institute is a series of workshops to help our faculty develop new practices and strategies to use with students. The classes are taught by our teachers to share what they’ve learned in the classroom and through outside professional development opportunities.
Severn School teachers talk during a professional development workshop
The institute gives faculty from different disciplines a forum to discuss and improve teaching practices.
This year we offered 26 different one or two-day workshops on everything from student-centered learning and curriculum development to bringing art and drama into academic classrooms. We revisit these ideas during sessions throughout the school year to both reinforce and expand our expertise. This type of professional learning and personal enrichment keep our faculty a cut above the rest.

Workshops offered this summer:
  • Introduction to the Stine Environmental Center
  • Best of Thinking Routines
  • Podcasting and Using Audio/Video in the Classroom
  • Escape Room Severn
  • Getting Things Done for Teens
  • Mastering Office 365
  • Alternatives to Assessment
  • Mindfulness in the Classroom
  • Design Thinking
  • Drama in the Classroom
  • Exploring Online Classes and Units
  • Lower School Tech Tools
  • Counting Matters
  • Writing College Recommendations
  • Using Annotation to Help Students Notice and Note
  • A Walk on the Wild Side
  • MySevern 2.0
  • Bringing Art into Academic Classrooms
  • Secrets to Success
  • Reading Strategies That Work
  • Tech Tools for the Humanities
  • Curriculum Design
  • Self-Directed Classroom
  • Strategies to Promote Successful Collaboration
  • Using Argument-Driven Inquiry
  • Beyond the Assessment
Severn School teachers during a professional development workshop
Some of the sessions are hands-on, giving teachers the student’s perspective on a lesson or activity.

Our Professional Development Philosophy

As a student-centered institution, we believe that we should model the qualities we wish to see in our students. To that end, we engage in professional development as a community of learners. Adults learn best in collaborative situations where professional growth is valued. We provide built-in professional development opportunities throughout the school year and summer, support faculty travel to conferences, and offer grants for personal and professional growth. We hope that faculty will engage frequently in professional development to remain nimble for change in our evolving world.


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