New teachers come to Masters a week earlier than returning teachers to participate in the New Faculty Institute (NFI). During the week, new teachers explore a variety of pedagogical topics, including The Masters School’s student-centered approach, the Harkness method of teaching, and research related to growth mindset and issues of equity and inclusion. New teachers also have an opportunity to familiarize themselves with our most salient policies and procedures.
Each teacher is assigned a mentor as part of a division-specific mentoring program. Mentor pairs meet formally and informally to go over practical concerns, like the schedule and day-to-day policies and practices. To enhance the depth of their ongoing conversations about the craft of teaching, mentors and new teachers also visit each other’s classrooms. During the second year of the New Teacher Experience, faculty members will continue to meet with their mentors on a more ad hoc basis.
The School has two faculty members — a pedagogical coach and a faculty development advisor — who work with new teachers. The role of the pedagogical coach and the development advisor is to serve as developmental supports who are available to talk about teaching and learning at Masters and to provide nonjudgmental, non-evaluative feedback through classroom observations and conversations.
Even before the start of the school year, department chairs and/or administrators communicate with new faculty regarding curricular goals and other relevant information. New faculty members can also anticipate feedback from department chairs/administrators during their first year. These are announced, full-class observations that include pre- and post-observation conversations. The goal is to provide ongoing, constructive feedback and support through regular contact.
During year two, teachers will create a “mini-MAGNET” goal. MAGNET is an acronym for a mission-driven, annual goal to nurture growth, elicit feedback and teach effectively. The mini-MAGNET goal is a practice round that gives new faculty members the opportunity to experience the MAGNET process with a peer teacher. During the third year, new teachers will design MAGNET projects with an assigned department chair or administrator.
Beginning in the 2018-2019 academic year, we are launching a School Visit program as part of the New Teacher Experience. School visits are off-site, professional development days in which groups of year-two faculty members visit other independent schools in New York City and/or Westchester County in order to share approaches, network with other educators, and explore teaching strategies that address their “mini-MAGNET” goals. Teachers will participate in two or three school visits and a post-visit meeting to debrief and share what they learned across groups.
Benefits are a partnership between the employee and The Masters School. The following chart summarizes the benefit options available to benefit eligible employees:
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Benefits Concierge and Claims Advocacy
Flexible Spending Accounts (F.S.A.) for Dependent Care and/or Medical