Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk

_SJP0823-2By Sharon Vanella, Head of Early School

Recently, the Early School staff had the wonderful opportunity to participate in the Montessori Educational Programs International (MEPI) Hands for Peace Conference in Kiawah, SC.  This annual Montessori conference brings together educators from around the world for two days of workshops, keynote speakers, and fellowship. For our Early School teachers, it was a time to reconnect with each other and with other Montessorians outside the four walls of our classrooms, reaffirm our love of Montessori philosophy and our reasons for choosing the Montessori path, and to learn from other experts in the field. Workshops offered throughout the conference focused on a wide variety of topics, so we were all able to choose those we found enriching, enlightening, and useful for bringing information back to the classroom and to the Charlotte Prep community.

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Young Ladies in Leadership

YLLMiddle School students participate in clubs each Friday afternoon during the final period of the day. These classes range from Rock Climbing to Jazz Band to Young Ladies in Leadership. We asked eighth-graders Ashton D. and Erin B., who serve as the co-presidents of Young Ladies in Leadership, to give us a snapshot of what their organization is all about.

By Ashton D. and Erin B., Class of 2018

Young Ladies in Leadership is a club made up of seventh and eighth-grade young ladies who aspire to be innovators in their community. In our experience Young Ladies in Leadership is not only a club but also a family. It’s a place where we can go to talk about the things going on in our lives and feel comfortable while being surrounded by like-minded girls. At our age, many young women find themselves doubting their capabilities and unique characteristics. With a club like Young Ladies in Leadership, feeling alone seems like less of an outcome. Not only does the club give us a sense of ownership, but we also get to develop social skills and interact with people who are less fortunate than we are. Continue reading “Young Ladies in Leadership”

Prep Holds Its First-Ever STEM Olympics at Winterfest

STEM-reelBy Emily Tucker, STEM Specialist

As a nod to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which ended Sunday, Charlotte Prep added an Olympic twist to our annual STEM Winterfest event! Prep held its first-ever STEM Olympics on February 8, where over 50 Prep families participated.

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Sticks and Stones…

SticksStonesBy Nicole Girvan, Head of Lower School

The lessons of childhood are nuanced and unavoidable—and can make us stronger adults. When I talk with friends and family about our childhood memories, mixed emotions hover over us. I loved my childhood and feel fortunate, but there were many challenging moments when I had doubts about the character of others or questioned my identity and place in the world.

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Learning to be a Better Teacher

faculty - Evatt_Katherine+AE551By Katherine Evatt, Lower School 3rd Grade Teacher

NOTE: Each year the Parent Association uses the funds raised at the Blue & Gold Auction and other initiatives to support professional development for our teachers. With the PA support, Lower School teachers Janie Kendrick and Katherine Evatt attended the prestigious Summer Reading Institute at Columbia University last summer. Below, Katherine shares some of her impressions about the opportunity.

I was fortunate enough to spend a week at Columbia University’s Teacher College in New York City last summer for a once-in-a-lifetime experience every teacher should have. Thousands of teachers from all over the world apply to attend the Reading Institute, led by Lucy Calkins, an internationally acclaimed professor and author who is focused on helping young people become avid and skilled readers, writers, and inquirers. At the Institute, we joined educators from across the globe to study methods and plan curricula, revitalize our thinking, and most importantly, encourage our students to lead rich and literate lives. We listened, participated, and collaborated each day with Lucy, her team, and other teachers on best practices and how to set students up for success.

The workshop is unique because it was modeled for us, and we participated as both students and teachers instead of just listening to someone speak for five days about the curriculum. We could ask questions directly and experience what our students would experience each day. We also received feedback when we were “teaching.”  Through my week, I made connections with other teachers who inspired me and made me better.

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What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You?

Monday Memo_ Screen Time ParentBy Evan Kurtz, Head of Middle School

After seeing Mr. Mensah’s tweet asking the question, “What Kind of Screen Time Parent Are You?” I was intrigued to find out. So I went to the NPR website and took the quiz. Nine questions, and at the end I was considered, “Screen Time Savvy.” While certainly, I am pleased to hear that, I also feel some trepidation about how I answered a few of the questions, so I reflected on some of my responses.

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