How might we understand where we are in terms of LGBTQ+ inclusivity within our student body, knowing that this is a population that is growing and continues to be vulnerable?
The Institute for Innovative Teaching & Learning
Institute projects drive the evolution of our program to ensure transformative experiences for all of our students.
Rye Country Day School launched the Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning in 2016 to encourage faculty to develop and implement new student-centered, mission-based initiatives. Born out of the School's strategic plan Bold Vision: 2020, the Institute's core belief is that faculty and staff creativity is critical to delivering an excellent education. The Institute strives to:
- Cultivate new ideas and facilitate innovative and integrated programs, curriculum, and instruction.
- Promote a thriving faculty and staff who lead, collaborate, and innovate.
- Ensure continued commitment to school values: Respect and responsibility; Commitment to personal & academic excellence; Diversity within an inclusive community; and Service.
Faculty and Staff Fellowships
The RCDS Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning has overseen 15 faculty-led projects since its launch in 2016. Over 30 RCDS faculty members have served as Institute fellows.
Each year, the School solicits proposals from faculty and staff for student-centered projects that support and advance the School’s mission. A committee of RCDS administrators (including the Head of School, Assistant Heads of School, Division Principals, and Dean of Employees) selects up to five of the proposed projects to fund and support. Institute fellows have one summer and the following school year to grow their projects from idea to implementation.
Note: Due to COVID-19, and the need for all faculty to innovate and collaborate, RCDS did not run the fellowship program during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years. The program resumed operation in 2022-23.
2023-24 Fellowship Application Timeline:
December 2022 - February 2023
Meet with Dean of Faculty & Employees
Fellowship Proposals Due
Early March 2023
Applicants Notified of Decisions
Explore Past Fellowships
Three RCDS Faculty Members Travel to Atlanta, Montgomery, Selma, and Birmingham to Enhance Curriculum and Research a Similar Trip for the Eighth Grade
Classroom Candids: A Year of Collecting, Documenting, and Presenting Student Work via Social Media (2019-20)