Staffulty Week 2020

Bosque staffulty spent last week preparing for the launch of the new school year through collective learning, connection, inspiration, and conversation. Sofia Center for Professional Development designed a thoughtful orientation week full of interactive virtual meetings with time for small-group discussion, essential team planning, and whole-group vision and inspiration. We’re excited to invite you into the experience with us by sharing a few highlights of our productive and energizing week:
  • An introduction to our new staffulty members led by our Head of School, Dr. Jessie Barrie.
  • Our annual summer reading event. We engaged in small-group discussions about our chosen summer reading books, which included the following:
    • Permission to Feel, Dr. Marc Brackett
    • Healing Is the Revolution, Denese Shervington
    • Onward: Cultivating Emotional Resilience in Educators, Elena Aguilar
    • Creating Cultures of Thinking, Ron Ritchart
    • When My Brother Was an Aztec, Natalie Diaz
    • White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism, Robin DiAngelo
    • Sing, Unburied, Sing, Jesmyn Ward
  • Live music by Ms. Maniaci and Mr. Scuderi.
  • Optional afternoon pop-up sessions, from mindfulness to a Zoom mini-yoga workout to Blackbaud trainings.
  • A review and small-group discussion of our new mission and core value statements.
  • A powerful session on remembering our community led by Ms. Booth.
  • An introduction to WILLDS by our WILLDS Guides.
  • Planning sessions for every department, team, and division with a focus on creating a fantastic remote learning experience for every student.
  • A goodbye to Sheryl Chard after 22 years at Bosque School, with special appearances by Doug Key and Gary Gruber; read about Sheryl’s next steps here.
  • And much expressed gratitude for the many, many people who contributed to making the week an inspiring and productive one!
By Thursday afternoon, we were feeling more connected with our community and prepared for starting the school year in remote teaching and learning. The week wrapped with a virtual Bobcat cheer led by Mr. Knapp. Regardless of whether we’re remote, hybrid, or in-person, we know that it will be an incredible year!