New Teacher Academy • July 20-24


July 20 – 24

For Staff New to Teaching

Designed specifically for the new boarding school teacher, this interactive workshop presented on a Google Classroom platform will include recorded information to review prior to interactive sessions, live discussion and the opportunity to present recorded lessons and receive rounds of constructive critique by experienced faculty. You’ll join conversations and explore case studies around subjects like the culture and politics of schools, classroom management, evaluations and grading. This workshop will also provide small inactive group work as well as one on one coaching. Upon completion of workshop participants will possess a working and applicable knowledge of curricula perspectives guided by experienced faculty; and augmented by shared discussion and the problem solving necessary for different perspectives and scenarios.

A Sampling of Topics

  • Classroom Management – Both In-Person and Distance Learning Environments
  • Culture & Politics of the Independent School
  • School's Mission: What Does It Mean?
  • Evaluation/Grading
  • Individualized Teaching
  • Challenge of Teaching at a Boarding School
  • Legal Issues

2020 New Teacher Academy Agenda

All times below are ET (Eastern Time)

Daily Google Classroom commitment: 2-3 hours

Daily independent commitment: 1-3 hours

Monday, July 20


Welcome and Introductions

The Role of a Teacher: Purpose and Planning


Open Office Hours for help with lesson plans & video lessons (Optional)



In preparation for Tuesday, 7/21 watch “Introduction to Videotaping and More on Lesson Planning” provided in the Google Classroom  


Tuesday, July 21


Morning Lesson Live: Classroom Management 

Videotaping Session 1


Office Hours Live: One-on-One Participant Discussions (Optional)


Wednesday, July 22


Morning Lesson Live: Evaluations and Assessments 

Videotaping Session 2


Office Hours Live: One-on-One Participant Discussions (Optional)


In preparation for Thursday, 7/23 review the lesson on “Communication Strategies and School Culture” provided in the Google Classroom


Thursday, July 23


Morning Lessons Live:  Role Playing: Advisory, Student Meetings, and Legal Issues                     

Videotaping Session 3

Friday, July 24


Videotaping Session 4


Afternoon Lesson Live: Preparing an Entry Plan and Wrap-Up


Office Hours: One-on-One Participant Discussions (Optional)




Jeremy LaCasse

Assistant Headmaster, History Teacher, Skiing and Crew Coach, Taft School CT

Jeremy has an extensive background in the boarding school environment, having been a student, teacher and administrator. After graduating from the Berkshire School Jeremy went to Bowdoin College, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Economics. He received his Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Columbia University’s Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College. Jeremy is currently the Assistant Headmaster at Taft School and the Executive Director of the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute. Previously, he was the Acting Assistant Head of School for Strategic Initiatives at Cheshire Academy, the Dean of the Leadership Lab at the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute at Fountain Valley School. Prior to his position at Cheshire Academy, Jeremy was the Head of School at Kents Hill School, the Head of Senior School at Shady Side Academy, and the Dean of Students at Fountain Valley School. Jeremy taught various classes in History including World Cultures, Social Theory and Global Impact, European, U.S., and Ancient and Medieval History at Cheshire Academy, Kents Hill School, Shady Side Academy, Berkshire School and Fountain Valley School. He has been or is an advisor, dorm head, alpine skiing coach, crew coach and outdoor instructor. Jeremy has also been a speaker at numerous conferences of the National Association of Independent Schools and the Association of Boarding Schools.

Jennifer Rundles

Associate Dean of Students, Science Teacher, Upper Darlington School, GA

Jennifer Rundles has worn many different hats during her time at Saint Mary’s School and Darlington School over the past 17 years. She taught Chemistry and Physics and continues to teach Chemistry, was the Association Dean of Teaching and Learning, Interim Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students at Saint Mary’s, and now the Associate Dean of Student Life at Darlington School. Jennifer graduated from Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS with a B.S. in Chemistry. The first few years after graduation, she worked for a pharmaceutical service company, Ingenix, and for Coca Cola Enterprise in Atlanta, GA. After recognizing education was her passion she started working on her M.A.T. in Secondary Education with the University of Phoenix. Working on her master’s degree lead her to pursue her career as an educator where she started working with Saint Mary’s in 2003. During her time at Saint Mary’s Jennifer has also been a part of the residential program. She has served as a dorm faculty, A-Team leader, and as a Dorm Head. This is Jennifer’s 10th year teaching new teachers with TABS New Teacher Academy.



What do people say?

I feel ridiculously more prepared now than I did before the workshop began.
Thomas Iorio
The workshop made me feel immensely more prepared for the upcoming school year over the course of three days!
Ben Custer

Schedule subject to change

*The information provided in this workshop is for general information purposes only and should not be used as, or relied upon in place of, legal advice. Schools should work with their own attorneys for specific legal counsel regarding their circumstances and issues.

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