Learning Snapshots


As a progressive school, we embrace an openness to new ideas and techniques, based not only on researched instructional strategies but on our observations of each unique student in our care. Our faculty model inquisitive learning by pursuing their own professional development opportunities, connecting with colleagues in our fields to share ideas, offer support, and collaborate.  This fall, many of our faculty participated in professional development opportunities to deepen their knowledge of their content area and gain new insights into teaching strategies. 

  • The PE department attended a conference on Physical Literacy and gained new ideas on how to incorporate movement and learning across many subjects.
  • World Languages faculty presented at the national language teacher conference on "Food for Thought: Cuisine, Culture, and Communication in the K-12 classroom," and networked with lots of language teachers including a progressive school in Hawaii who invited us to visit!
  • History faculty attended a workshop on "Teaching to Change the World" on developing courses on human rights and keeping students civically engaged.
  • A Science faculty member researched local waste management companies to explore possible options for Park, and learn about new technologies to incorporate the information into the Environmental Science course.
  • Science faculty met with a Master Gardener from Cornell Cooperative Extension to begin developing cross-curricular lessons that study our campus' ground bees and apple trees. Ideas include mapping ground bee locations, collecting data on emergence of bees and pollination activity, and observing behavioral patterns as related to climate changes.
  • Our teaching fellow attended the National Association of Independent Schools People of Color Conference.
  • Our Deans (and I) attended a workshop on identifying microaggressions and helping students develop skills to identify and prevent harmful interactions.
  • Our Technology Director attended the state educational technology conference.
  • Our Librarian attended a workshop on supporting students through independent reaidng choice to help develop them into life-long readers.

We also just learned that two faculty members, Lisa Conrad and Charles Hartney, will have an article published in the spring issue of Independent School magazine in 2019. Great job sharing out our professional learning and the impact that it's having on our students!

    • Dr. Kennedy Schultz
      Director of Studies

Learning Snapshots Archive

Founded in 1912, The Park School of Buffalo has the distinction of being one the oldest Progressive schools in the country. Park is an independent, co-educational school serving approximately 300 students enrolled in prekindergarten (3 and 4 year olds), lower school (kindergarten through grade 4), middle school (grades 5 through 8), and upper school (grades 9 through 12). Park is uniquely situated on 34 beautiful acres in Amherst, New York. The School’s campus – formerly a farm – includes a pond, marsh, gardens, and a greenhouse while being located just minutes from downtown Buffalo and easily accessible from many communities throughout Western New York. Park’s educational philosophy embraces active, student-centered learning, delivered by exceptional teachers who design and continuously update a robust curriculum. Faculty members approach each student as an individual within the context of a kind and respectful community. From the preschool years through college preparation, The Park School of Buffalo helps learners realize their own unique potentials and prepares them to be confident, successful, life-long learners.

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