We take Professional Development seriously here at Worcester Academy. We expect our students to continually learn, grow and develop new skills. The same is expected of our faculty. Faculty are thoroughly supported to grow in their craft, to remain current in their field and to have a deep understanding of contemporary educational practices. From seminars on the latest AP Biology lab protocols and [putting a new twist on the classic Socratic seminar format] to blended learning best practices and staying current with today’s learning management tools to creatively engage their students – Professional Development allows us to deliver a unique, rigorous, creative and leading educational program for our students.

Our priorities as an institution include:
  • Diversity and equity, cultural competence, and sustainability
  • Collaborative, reflective practice (our adoption of the Lesson Study model)
  • Growth mindset; students as “leaders of their own learning”
  • Backward design (Understanding by Design by Grant Wiggins)
  • Project-based learning and innovative teaching practices
  • Authentic assessment, including self-assessment
There are many faculty growth opportunities throughout the year – while students are on break and also each week. The WA Parent community actively supports these efforts recently raising over $100k at a bi-annual auction to fund Professional Development. The fund has supported bringing noted educational leaders, speakers and authors such as Suzie Boss, Rob Riordan, Ron Berger and Grant Wiggins.

Contact Dr. Sabik for more information on our program.

Recent Professional Development Presentations, Honors & Awards

World Languages
Kath Ryzewski, Wendy Perkins, Wendy Cotta
Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools (OESIS), Quincy MA, October 2014, “Global Collaborations for Blended Learning and Cultural Competency
Lisa Iaccarino, Dana Huff, Cathy Fox
National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), November 2014, Washington DC
Telling Our Stories: Student Agency and Choice in Writing Workshop, Blogging, and Online Socratic Seminar
Cathy Fox, Sarah Getchell, Dana Huff
MassCUE in Foxboro, MA, October 2014; Holy Cross March, 2014
Reblended English: Integrating Technology to Develop Student Voice
Dana Huff
Folger Shakespeare Library, Summer 2014
Technology Integrator for the Teaching Shakespeare Institute
Dave Baillie
Forthcoming novel: What We Salvage
Publication Date: March 3, 2015
Kevin Crowthers:
  • MASSCue/MASS Fall Technology Conference 2014, Foxboro, MA.: 3D Printing for Social Impact,  Wednesday October 22, 2014, workshop presentation.
  • 2014 National Association of Biology Teachers Professional Development Conference, Cleveland, OH : 3D Printing in a Biology Curriculum: A Project-Based Learning Approach November 15, 2014. Paper presentation
  • 2014 Recipient, Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MASSCue) Technology Grant: Using 3D Printer Technology in Biology Problem-Based Curriculum to facilitate understanding of biomolecules and protein shape and function 

Center for Learning (CFL)
Nanci Shepardson
Invited as featured speaker: Wilson Language Training 2015 Annual Conference, Newport, RI, July 2015
Residential Life
Jake Sumner
TABS/NAIS Global Symposium, Austin, TX April 2015 The Global Impacts of Residential Curricula.
Technology Integration
Drew Tanzosh, Dana Huff, Jason Epstein, Cindy Sabik:
Online Education Symposium for Independent Schools (OESIS), Quincy MA, October 2014, “Tech NOT for Tech’s Sake.

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  • Dr. Cindy Sabik 

    Dean of Faculty
    508-754-5302 Ext 116
    Cleveland State University - Ph.D.
    Cleveland State University - M.A.
    Seton Hill College - B.A.
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