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Summer 2018 Faculty Professional Development

As part of Priory's commitment to providing an education of the highest excellence, our faculty members are encouraged to frequently take advantage of professional development opportunities. Here are a few examples of continuing education undertaken by our teachers during this past summer:

Mr. Thomas Carroll, Classics Department: Mr. Carroll attended an AP Summer Institute in mid-July at the University of Dallas. The institute was 4 days of introduction to the substance and assessment of the AP Latin exam, and ideas for approaches to teaching the AP Latin course. Though he is not teaching AP Latin this year, he said it will help the overall Latin program in the school, which builds toward the AP course, to have teachers who are familiar with the AP exam.

Mrs. Alice Dickherber, Director of Admissions: "The Association of Independent Schools Admissions Professionals Conference brought together admissions directors from top independent schools all over the country. This year’s conference took place on Vanderbilt’s campus in Nashville. I presented along with panelists from five other schools on new ideas for Open Houses. I am grateful for the opportunity to foster a wonderful community of professional admissions colleagues at schools like Priory."

Mr. Jason Getz, Science Department: "I did a series of webinars over the course of two weeks this past July in order to become more familiar with the free flexbook content from ck-12 and how to incorporate it in my class. Outside of the fully editable online book itself, there are free content specific videos, interactive simulations, interactive problem sets, and practice problems that adapt to a student’s ability. It also easily incorporates with Google classroom. The certification requirement included attending 5 webinars and filling out an assignment sheet based on what you learned. It was easy and convenient to use and best of all, free. I could see the entire science department moving to this free book platform."

Mrs. Nikki Hostnik, Associate Director of College Counseling: "In additional to college tours and a leadership retreat with MOACAC (Missouri Association of College Admission Counselors), I attended the ACCIS Summer Institute (Association of College Counselors at Independent Schools). At this annual institute we exchange college counseling insights with fellow counselors from the most rigorous independent schools in the country including Harvard Westlake, the Groton School, Georgetown Prep, Lakeside, Cistercian and John Burroughs. I attended many educational sessions including: upcoming changes to the AP Program (presented by the College Board’s Director of the AP Program), engaging underclassmen in the college process, guiding families who miss the income threshold for financial aid but still want help affording it all, 'Igniting Snap Crackle and Pop in a Boy’s College Essay.'"

Mr. Brandon McLaughlin, Science Department: "I headed to Northwest Pennsylvania for two weeks to work with an evolutionary ecology laboratory. The purpose of my visit was to assist in further developing one of the lab’s 'Pitt Kits.' Dr. Cori Zawacki’s lab is associated with the University of Pittsburgh and studies many aspects of frog ecology. They have a field station at Pymatuning Lake, where I stayed. I did some field research with them as well as helped to develop one of their educational kits further as to make it more mobile with the idea of being able to send it out to teachers beyond the Pittsburgh area. This school year I will test-run the kit in my 7th grade science class."

Mr. Mike Nickolai, Director of the High School: "Ryan Niemann and I attended the Benedictine Leadership Institute in Lisle, Ill. It was hosted jointly by Benedictine University, Benet Academy, St. Procopius Abbey, and Sacred Heart Monastery. It was a conference for teachers in the 22 Benedictine high schools in the United States. The purpose of the conference was to connect with other Benedictine educators and share best practices. Over the course of the week, I developed a greater understanding of the importance of the Benedictine mission and identity. I also have a greater appreciation of the Benedictine hallmarks and a strong desire to integrate them more fully into the life of the school. I also made some great connections and friendships with other Benedictine educators."

Mr. Steve Oslica, Social Studies Department: "I attended two summer institutes: The first was a Teaching with Primary Sources seminar that I attended with Alice Dickherber, sponsored by Middle Tennessee State University and held at the Ulysses S. Grant Historic Site in south county. It was particularly focused on the expansion of citizenship rights between the Civil War and the 1960's. The other was at the Eagleton Courthouse downtown, sponsored by the U.S. District Court for Eastern Missouri. It focused on teaching about the judiciary. Both were very valuable to me as a new teacher because they offered many ideas for interactive activities to use in the classroom."

Mr. Dennis Toscano, Classics Department: "This summer, I participated in two language conferences at the University of Kentucky: one in spoken Latin, and the other in spoken Greek. For two weeks, I gained invaluable knowledge and pedagogical insights from internationally recognized scholars. This year, I have already tried many of the new techniques I learned at these conferences, and think they have helped me to more effectively share the joy of Classical language learning with my students."

“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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