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Creating Student Centered Classrooms: A Whole Child Approach for New and Experienced Teachers

Date: August 9 - August 13

Time: 9am - 11:00am (daily)

Location: Zoom link to be emailed upon registration

Target audience: New and experienced teachers

Cost: Free

In this Summer Academy, we will explore how teaching and learning are integrated through classroom culture. Throughout this week, we will ask:


Who are our students, and what conditions do they need to learn effectively?
What are some of the barriers to learning, and how does a teacher remove those barriers?
How do we engage with diversity, equity and inclusion through our teaching methods?
How can a teacher actively and positively transform the climate and culture of the classroom?
When is it important to move from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side”?

How can we flexibly move between both?

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Presented By:

Gina Gutierrez Karp

Senior Professional Development Specialist

Gina Gutierrez Karp brings 30 years of experience to her work as a classroom teacher, school leader and independent school board member. Drawing from training and experience in both public and private schools, Gina has a deep understanding of classroom practice and organizational development at both the local and state levels. Gina has served as a consultant to developing schools, working with teachers, administrators and board members to strengthen alignment with both AWSNA (Association of Waldorf Schools of North America) and NYSAIS (New York State Association of Independent Schools) accreditation requirements. Gina has served as a member of a AWSNA/NYSAIS dual accreditation team, offering 15 years of independent school classroom experience and leadership to develop sustainable, mission-based schools that align with a standards-based state curriculum.  As a former parent, teacher and board member of an independent school in upstate New York, Gina is deeply committed to supporting the professional development of religious and independent school teachers and leaders. 

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