Westport Day School

Professional Development

As an institution, The Westport Day School devotes a considerable amount of time and resources to staff development. Our team leads the school by example through growing, thinking, and learning as well as staying abreast of current research.

In addition to daily afterschool meetings, the entire faculty comes together on Fridays, from 1-4pm, to discuss student progress and explore instructional best practices, education therapy models, and therapeutic approaches to education.

Over the last two years, the WDS faculty participated in the following professional development topics:

  • Read Fluency Instruction
  • Depression
  • Cultivating Clever Comprehenders: Strategies You Can Use Tomorrow
  • Interpreting Neuropsychological Test Results and Developing Individualized Learning Plans
  • Madeline Hunter’s Model of Mastery Learning
  • Exploring the Theory and Practice of Mindfulness
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • PASS: Physically Active School System
  • Alternative Classroom Assessments
  • Learning Basic Attendance
  • Improving the Instructional Core
  • Executive Function in the Classroom
  • Project Based Learning
  • Accommodating and Incorporating IEP in the Classroom
  • Educational Therapy
  • Creating a Therapeutic Alliance in the Classroom

Additionally, the WDS faculty is a highly motivated team dedicated to enhancing their knowledge and skill set through regular book talks. Over the past two years, our team has read and discussed the following books as they apply to our school’s culture and mission.

  • Ficksman, M., & Utley-Adelizzi, J. (Eds.). (2010). The Clinical Practice of Educational Therapy: A Teaching Model. New York, NY: Routledge
  • Kahn, M., (1997). Between Therapist and Client: The New Relationship. New York, NY: Holt Paperbacks.
  • Robinson, K. (2011). Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative. Westford, MA: Courier Westford, Inc.
  • Robinson, J., (2011). Be Different: My Adventure with Asperger’s and My Advice for Fellow Aspergians, Misfits, Families, and Teachers. New York, NY: Random House
  • Schoeberlein, D., & Sheth, S. (2009). Mindfulness Teaching and Teaching Mindfulness: A Guide for Anyone Who Teaches Anything. Boston, MA: Wisdom Publications.
  • Shaywitz, S., (2003). Overcoming Dyslexia: A New and Complete Science-Based Program for Reading Problems at Any Level. New York, NY: Vintage Books.