Professional Development from Eagle Rock Continues its Blistering Pace

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Our staff returned last week from our most recent trimester break, and most Eagle Rock School students are back this week as we kick off what is arguably the best part of the year — summer trimester.

Classes for returning Eagle Rock School students begin on Monday, May 20, while our new incoming class of students is set to arrive on campus on Tuesday, May 21. The following Monday the new students head off for our school’s traditional three-week Wilderness Orientation program that is a requirement for all new Eagle Rock School students.

Not only are we enjoying the bright sunshine and longer days in Colorado, but we are also initiating the school’s 78th trimester — also known as ER 78. And while administrators, staff, instructors and students take on the work of reengaging in education here in Estes Park, our Professional Development Center (PDC) facilitating school improvement workshops throughout the country as well as hosting educators here on campus in Estes Park. In this post, we bring you the latest update on the working engagements of the PDC.

As you can see below, we have listed the schedule of professional development deliveries that we are hosting, participating in, or offering from now until the middle of August.

MAY 2019

May 19 – 21

Puget Sound Consortium for School Innovation, Estes Park, Colo.: Dan Condon, Eagle Rock’s Associate Director of Professional Development, will be hosting 26 participants from Big Picture Learning (BPL) — all of whom are working with Jeff Petty (he’s one of BPL’s regional directors) and the Puget Sound Consortium for School Innovation — at Eagle Rock. During this visit, attendees will have an opportunity interact with the Eagle Rock School and participate in work with Dan’s support and facilitation.

May 24


I Have a Dream Foundation, Boulder, Colo.: Dan Condon returns to work with IHAD of Boulder County on what are known as Professional Learning Community Protocols — which are structured processes to support focused and productive conversations, build collective understanding, and drive school improvement. IHAD supports youth from low-income households by providing individualized social, emotional, and academic support from Grade One through college. Dan meets with IHAD monthly to support them with classroom instructional practice.

May 31

School Foundry/Puget Sound Consortium for School Innovation,Seattle, Wash.: Dan Condon will be working with school leaders as part of the School Foundry cohort — a leadership incubator in partnership with Gonzaga University’s Principal Certification Program.

May 31 – June 3

Association for Experiential Education, Estes Park, Colo.: The Professional Development Center is hosting experiential educators from the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) at Eagle Rock as their Accreditation Council meets to strengthen its processes. AEE is a global membership-based community comprised of experiential educators and practitioners intent on elevating the field of outdoor and adventure-based experiential education.

JUNE 2019

June 3 – June 5

Lincoln Education Alternative Program (LEAP), Estes Park, Colo.: Dan Condon will be hosting LEAP personnel from the Lamar School District as it searches for new ways to re-connect and re-engage students in their own education. LEAP is in the early stages of its development and is looking for professional growth and development opportunities for its team members via its engagement with our Professional Development Center.

June 9 – June 15

Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Campus, Estes Park, Colo.: 2018/2019 Public Allies Fellow in Professional Development Doen Lee will be supporting Andrea Hyde, Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities Campus, in conducting a qualitative case study about mindfulness at Eagle Rock School. Andrea will be interviewing Eagle Rock staff and students while on campus.

June 10 and June 13

Honda Leadership Summit, Estes Park, Colo.: The Honda Leadership Program returns to Eagle Rock this June as it embeds itself in our on-campus community to learn more about our values. Leadership Program participants will be working with our Student Ambassadors as part of a weeklong program.

June 17 – June 21

Jefferson County Educational Service Center (JCESC) Related Arts, Steubenville, Ohio: Anastacia Galloway Reed returns to JCESC Related Arts to lead facilitation on differentiation in related arts. Anastacia has worked with the Jefferson County Educational Service Center (JCESC) Alt School for the past two years in supporting related art teachers across the seven school districts around the Ohio Valley.

June 20

I Have a Dream Foundation, Boulder, Colo.: Dan Condon continues facilitating Professional Learning Community Protocols for IHAD in Boulder.

June 21

The Étude Group, Public Allies, The New Teacher Project (TNTP) — Sheboygan and Milwaukee, Wis.: Dan Condon returns to Étude, an educational network of public charter schools that apply an experiential approach to empowering students. While there, he will continue working on Restorative Practices, and with Public Allies and TNTP, check in on previous project work. Public Allies is a national movement that advances social justice and equity by tapping into the leadership capacities of young people. TNTP works at every level of the public-school system in the United States to create engaging classrooms, focused schools, and thoughtful systems.

June 25 – June 28

Future Focused Education/Leadership Schools Network (LSN), Albuquerque, N.M.:  LSN is an industry-focused network of schools that engage students through project-based learning to ensure students graduate with the skillset needed to be successful in the workforce. Professional Development Associate Anastacia Galloway Reed will be in Albuquerque to facilitate an LSN retreat aimed at continued development of teacher skills, and improvement of the quality of education provided to students.

June 27 – June 28

Big Picture South Burlington, South Burlington, Vt.: In partnership with Big Picture South Burlington, our 2018/2019 Public Allies Fellow in Professional Development, Doen Lee, will be working with educators from various Vermont school districts to develop systems to implement Expanded Learning Opportunities (ELOs) for high school students. (If you’re unfamiliar with ELOs, they offer students safe, structured, and engaged learning environments outside of the traditional school day that support and complement what students are learning during the day.) The current focus for this engagement is tracking proficiencies and working with community partners.

June 28 – July 1

New Visions Charter School for the Humanities IV, Far Rockaway, New York, NY: Dan Condon returns to New Visions to work with the  school on Restorative Practices – an approach that seeks to repair relationships that have been damaged, including those damaged through bullying. New Visions offers pathways to success for urban students through formal arts training and a college-prep education.

JULY 2019

July 11 – July 14

Academy for International School Heads (AISH), Estes Park, Colo.: Dan Condon and Doen Lee will host AISH as it works on a project with its Global Online Academy. AISH is a non-profit organization created to support deputy heads and heads of international schools.

July 18 – July 19

The Étude Group, Public Allies, The New Teacher Project — Sheboygan and Milwaukee, Wis.: Dan Condon returns to Étude to continue work on Restorative Practices and to Public Allies and TNTP to check in on previous project work.


Aug. 26 – 30, 2019

New Visions Charter School for the Humanities IV, Far Rockaway New York, N.Y.:  Dan Condon will travel to New York to continue working on Restorative Practices with the New Visions School Community.

If your school is interested in the type of professional development work outlined above, please contact our associate director of professional development, Dan Condon, by emailing DCondon at EagleRockSchool dot org.

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