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Professional Development at San Domenico

One of the key indicators of a robust, leading-edge school is a healthy faculty culture committed to ongoing professional growth. San Domenico’s teaching and learning community honors and actively promotes excellence in instructional practices, professional learning, and leadership. We are uniquely focused on providing dynamic professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff. We believe that innovative, inspiring, and student-centered teaching flows naturally from teacher-centered professional development.

Together, we strive to create excellence in each classroom across all grade levels, and we support our teachers to always learn with us, in community, as the educational landscape continues to evolve. We show our students how to cultivate a healthy growth mindset by making visible our own learning, our own risk-taking, our own mistakes, and our authentic passion for learning.

San Domenico’s Faculty Culture

As a K-12 school, we maintain a strong commitment to a “one school” culture. The same values that we look for in our classrooms are what we value in our professional development. We are thoughtful, collaborative, and teacher-centered, when structuring professional learning. We ask ourselves evolving and essential questions, in the same way that we ask our students to do this similar work. This process ensures that teachers uphold and promote excellence in every classroom – for every student – in our school.

Professional Development Highlights

Notable Speakers on Campus and Community Professional Growth

  • Dave Mochel: Internationally recognized teacher, coach and consultant who helps schools create cultures of well-being among faculty, staff, parents, administration, and students
  • Dr. Larry Magid: Technology journalist and an Internet safety advocate, CEO and co-founder of ConnectSafely.org and founder of SafeKids.com
  • Dr. Larry Rosen: Research psychologist, computer educator, keynote speaker and is recognized as an international expert in the “Psychology of Technology.
  • Dr. Madeline Levine: Author of The Price of Privilege, and Teach Your Children Well and a co-founder of Challenge Success, a project at Stanford's Graduate School of Education.
  • Dana Blum and Common Sense Media
  • Stephanie Harvey: Leading, literacy expert in teaching reading and comprehension strategies
  • Harvey Daniels: Celebrated consultant whose focus is student-centered literacy education
  • Dr. LouAnn Brizendine: Author of “The Female Brain” and “The Male Brain.”
  • William McDonough: Globally recognized architect, designer, author, and sustainable growth pioneer.

San Domenico Teacher Leadership: Examples of Conference Presentations

International Society for Technology Integration (ISTE)

  • Kali Baird, Director of Educational Technology, was selected to lead a three hour workshop at this highly selective conference. She presented, Where to get started? Come play and learn with your iPad.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

  • NAIS Green Ribbon Schools Workshop: Cecily Stock joined school heads from other Green Ribbon Schools to present at a workshop that recognizes these pioneering NAIS Green Ribbon Schools. Cecily and the other school heads will share their school’s innovative achievements around sustainability.

California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)

  • Collaboration & Curriculum Design In the Digital Age
  • The Power of Successful Technology Integration
  • Integrating Sustainability Principles into the Curriculum

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS) Annual Conference

  • John Phillips, Dean of Academics and Director of Residential Life, was selected to give a presentation at the TABS/NAIS Global Symposium in April 2016 in Long Beach. CA. His presentation "Lost in Translation! Adjusting to a New Culture" focused on common concerns affecting international students in boarding schools and how we can better support these students in adjusting to life at their new school.

For more information contact SD Director of Teaching and Learning Kate Reeser.


One of the core principles of our educational philosophy is the value of cultivating what author and motivational expert Carol Dweck calls a growth mindset. We invite you to print out this handy chart and post it somewhere visible in your home too.

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

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