Professional Development & In-service Training
As a professional development (PD) school for teachers, EPCS is an organization that brings together shared effort of the school, a college/university, and other organizations in the community to stimulate and promote curiosity, observation and reflection amongst educators. The school embodies and nurtures a culture of engagement within scholarship and teacher research to guide our teaching practices and is grounded in differentiated and collaborative learning. Our teaching and learning processes are open, responsive and transformational, through which every member’s voice is heard and respected.
All of the teaching staff are engaged in ongoing professional development through…
- Creation of professional learning communities
- Incorporating documentation, reflective practice, and teacher inquiry
- Off-site teachers attend and present at conferences as well as visit other programs for consultation.
- The inclusion of ongoing professional development keeps the teaching faculty fresh, open to new ideas and committed to the highest standards in the fields of early education and child development.
- Participate in various in-service training (within/outside of Tufts)
Our Head Teachers
- Each class has a master teacher a graduate student teacher and a teaching assistant. Our highly qualified, experienced headteachers are also mentors, coaches, and supervisors for our graduate student teachers and teaching assistants.
- Their role as teachers is better explained as co-facilitators of learning.
- They act as mentors and companions. They observe, reflect, collaborate, adapt, intervene, scaffold, problem-solve, and build upon each child’s questions or ideas.
- Teachers assess the level and interest of each child in order to make informed decisions. Assessment of learning is both a process and a tool to improve instruction and document children’s growth.