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Head of School to Present at Conference

Several Faculty Attend, Head of School to Present at Conference


On October 24-25, Mrs. Tara Lowery-Hart, Mrs. Kay Brizzolara, Mother Jill Walters, and Mr. Joel R. Bicknell will attend the Southwestern Association of Episcopal Schools Biennial Conference in Houston, Texas. Over the course of two days, our faculty and Head of School will engage in professional conversations with educators from over 100 Episcopal schools across Arizona, Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

On behalf of the school, Mrs. Lowery-Hart will accept the Ken Bastian Award for Service Learning. St. Andrew’s is being recognized for our exemplary service-learning program as a tangible representation of our commitment to Episcopal education.

Mr. Bicknell will present two workshops at the conference. In his first workshop, he will
co-present with Mrs. Gina Johnson, Director of Academic Support at Holland Hall School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This workshop is titled “Cultivating Cognitive Diversity in our Schools.” We know the students and adults in our community attend, process, and recall information differently as individuals. Mr. Bicknell and Mrs. Johnson will share programmatic design elements and practices that effectively blend different backgrounds, experiences, perspectives, and learning profiles within a classroom or team. This idea of inclusiveness is core to who we are and maximizes the impact of our missions as schools.

In his second workshop, “What Schools Can Be,” Mr. Bicknell will co-present with Mr. Jeff Moore, leadership consultant and author, and Mr. Kevin Moore, co-founder of Longview Micro-School in Austin, Texas. In this session, they will aim to disrupt the assumptions educators bring to the work of schooling and dig into the new assumptions that are emerging in the design of learning experiences. What are the realities of the world our students will inherit after their time in schools? How must schools adjust to prepare students to compete on a global scale? They will explore the changing expectations of student outcomes our schools are experiencing.

St. Andrew’s supports, in a robust manner, the professional growth of our faculty and staff. In doing so, we commit to positively impacting the learning experience for our students and modeling life-long learning for all of our community.