“Every student has a voice.” —Michael McGovern, Upper School English Teacher
I hope you will take a moment to watch this video as I feel it is a perfect microcosm of what makes the Country Day experience so unique. On Fridays, when the students head home, the teachers use their afternoons to enrich, enliven, and grow their practice of teaching. This year, teachers across disciplines and divisions were divided into Action Teams. These teams were tasked with finding ways to increase student learning. While the approaches were very different, the results were universally consistent. Teachers reported that having dedicated time with their colleagues to think deeply about teaching led to significant, tangible results in the classroom
When I was a graduate student at Stanford, I became close with one of my professors. He published a great book during my year in Palo Alto, and the title of the book has never left me. He called the book Tinkering Toward Utopia. I cannot think of a better way to describe what we do every day on Old Church Road. At so many schools, the teachers’ bags are packed by 2:45 p.m., and they are out the door by 3:01 p.m. At Country Day, the dynamic is different. Our teachers are involved in an endless effort to improve the experience for their students. It takes no longer than this short video to see their results. How lucky are we?
Adam C. Rohdie
Headmaster, The Greenwich Country Day School