A Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 12 co-educational independent day school in Westchester, New York

The Institute for Innovative Teaching & Learning

The RCDS Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning encourages and empowers Rye Country Day School faculty to lead, collaborate, and innovate as they develop and implement ideas that advance the School’s mission and values, thereby ensuring ongoing programmatic evolution, professional growth, and transformative experiences for students.
How might we continue to evolve and innovate in order to provide an excellent education that prepares students for the future?
How might we best identify and understand the skills, perspectives, and traits needed for students to thrive now and in their future?
How might we find ways to identify the cross-sections of our initiatives and principles throughout our program, and facilitate their efficient and practical implementation and curricular integration?
How might we create meaningful leadership and professional development opportunities that inspire collaboration as well as passion and enthusiasm for our tasks/roles as educators?
How might we catalyze faculty-led efforts to imagine, explore, and launch new ideas, programs, and innovative methods that advance the School?
Rye Country Day School launched the Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning in 2016 to support faculty innovation and collaboration in the implementation of the School’s initiatives and mission. The Institute, which grew out of the School's strategic plan Bold Vision: 2020., is based on the belief that encouraging creativity and leadership amongst teachers is critical to providing an excellent education to students. From the outset, this innovation lab for faculty has sought to:
 
  • Cultivate a deep commitment and collaborative approach to school values by tying together current and future strategic initiatives and priorities.
  • Promote a thriving faculty by creating opportunities for faculty to lead, collaborate, and innovate while delivering the School’s mission, recognizing that in order to thrive, faculty must feel empowered and supported in taking initiative, and they must have meaningful opportunities to contribute, learn, and grow.
  • Facilitate the development of and ongoing support for innovative and integrated programs, curriculum, and instruction.
  • Contribute to and learn from the global dialogue on education and form partnerships with educational institutions around the world.

Faculty Fellowships

The RCDS Institute for Innovative Teaching and Learning has overseen 20 faculty-led projects since its launch in 2016. As of 2019-20, 35 RCDS faculty members have served as Institute fellows.
 
Each year, the School solicits proposals from faculty for projects that extend their passions and ideas beyond their individual classrooms and disciplines. The RCDS administration selects five projects for the Institute to fund and support. Institute fellows have one summer and the following school year to grow their projects from idea to implementation. The Institute then supports the integration of successful projects into the School’s program.
 
Note: due to COVID-19, and the need for all faculty to innovate and collaborate, RCDS will not run the fellowship program during the 2020-21 school year.

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