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P.C.P.D. September 2016

Penn Charter Professional Development

September 2016

Published monthly by William Penn Charter School in the interest of our faculty and staff.


News to Know


Thought & Practice: Where Vision and Possibility Meet

We hope to have many exciting contributions to Thought & Practice this year. Are you ready to to write? Follow this link to read about the work that Brad Ford and Tim Clarke did this summer to begin their exploration of the physics of sound.



Chris Christoph is taking a sabbatical this fall, from September through Thanksgiving. She is going to volunteer in a program that teaches horseback riding to children with special needs.

Anne Hilton received the Widener Memorial Distinguished Service Award, presented to her at Widener's commencement on June 20, for her continued commitment to the students of Widener Memorial School.


Darci Borski and George Spencer welcomed a son, Jace Robert, on July 18.

Eileen Bossone and Wilson Gamarro welcomed a son, Aidan Gabriel, on August 31.

Aly Goodner and Paul Daniels welcomed a son, Wiley Nicholas, on August 9.


News and Notes

Liz Flemming, Dan Hajjar and Beth Menzie all attended a week-long AP Calculus Summer Institute offered by the College Board this past summer.

Ed Foley attended two one-week programs in early and late July at the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Ed earned certifications in the Fed's program Keys to Financial Success Teacher Training Program and Making Sense of Money and Banking. These programs were curriculum-driven and will enable Ed to hit the ground running in teaching the new math offering, Mathematics of Finance, and assist in his teaching of Economics.

Margaret Lea has been involved in a nearby community garden over the last several years. She was recently interviewed for an article in the Chestnut Hill Local about a project to save the garden from being sold so that it can be preserved as green space.

Eva Kay Noone attended a "Malas, Myths and Magic" workshop in preparation for the Indonesian Shadow Puppet unit in her Theatre Around the World course this spring. She made a mala bracelet, learned how to chant a montra (used by master puppeteers), listened to stories from the Bhagavad Gita and participated in a short asana yoga practice.

Eva Kay Noone taught two levels of Acting for Dancers at the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet during their summer intensive program. The course focused on non-verbal communication and dance pantomime used in story ballets.

Lisa Reedich attended the four-day Responsive Classroom Course in Kennett Square, Pa., in June and then an additional four-day Responsive Classroom Advanced Course in Alexandria, Va., the following month.

This summer Karen Riedlmeier took a master class in painting with artist Elizabeth Osborne at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The organization’s master classes offer students the opportunity to work with renowned artists with national and international reputations.

Over the month of July, Eve Schwartz took a graduate course at the University of Edinburgh called "Learning Across the Curriculum: Exploring Edinburgh on Foot.” The class focused on the history of outdoor education in Europe, and students explored different methods of how to best incorporate the outdoors in a typical classroom space.

Penn Charter Athletics hosted USA Football's Heads Up Football program on August 21. The Upper School football staff, led by Tom Coyle, and the Middle School staff, led by Ed Foley, along with the Philadelphia Little Quakers and invited local youth coaches, participated in the clinic. Topics covered included heat preparedness, hydration, sudden cardiac arrest, concussion recognition and response, and the Heads Up tackling and blocking techniques. The primary emphasis of the program is to reinforce proper tackling mechanics and teach players how to properly tackle with a focus on reducing helmet contact. The results of the training will provide a better, safer experience for our players. Penn Charter is now recognized as a Heads Up certified football program.  


Faculty and Staff Changes

Sarah Black has returned to PC to teach fifth grade language arts.

Elizabeth Cocco will teach third grade while Chris Christoph is on sabbatical for the first third of the school year.

Jessica Stusnick is returning to Penn Charter to serve as a member of the first grade teaching team. She will also coach Upper School swimming.


Welcome to New Faces!

Click here for a directory of new faculty and staff.


Green Corner

by Tom Rickards

Welcome Back, friends! This year we are planning to have a regular feature in P.C.P.D. dedicated to information and happenings related to stewardship and environmental practices at school. Some goals this academic year include:

  • increasing our composting, recycling and terracycle efforts
  • highlighting and maintaining our local gardens
  • and trying to continue to reduce our dependence on single use plastics.

If you have other ideas or want to get involved, please contact Tom Rickards. We have a great group of friendly colleagues ready to help you and our planet get in shape!

One fun(d) activity we will be involved in this fall is the Friends of the Wissahickon: All Trails Challenge (ATC). Starting now until the end of November (29th), we are encouraging you to connect with others and get out and explore as many of the 50 miles of the Wissahickon trails as you can. By asking generous donors to support you for around $1 a mile (or more), you can join our team: PC Hikes. This team is aiming to have 25 members who will help us reach our fundraising goal of $1,000. All money raised helps support Friends of the Wissahickon in their efforts to preserve and maintain the beauty of the Wissahickon Valley Park. There are lots of fun giveaways and we will be sponsoring PC “hikes and outings” as well. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more at


Notes from the Teaching & Learning Center 

by Ruth Aichenbaum

Welcome back to school! Thanks for the answering the TLC Quia survey during opening meetings. If for some reason you didn’t have a chance to fill out the survey, here’s the link. I look forward to using your feedback and collaborating with you to develop workshops and programming to help you reach your goals as learners and teachers.

This month’s TLC offerings include:

  • Creating Our Global Community through the Global Read Aloud

  • Writing a College Recommendation

  • Let’s Dive DEEP! An Introduction to Design Thinking

  • Connecting the Hub to Gmail and Google Calendar

  • IdeaLab Open House

  • Teaching Tolerance Live Webinar: Let’s Talk! Discussing Black Lives Matter with Students

  • Explore Teaching Tolerance Resources to Teach about the Presidential Election 2016

  • Philadelphia University weekly Talking Teaching; on Wednesdays “No Agenda Wednesday,” 12:00-1:00pm, and on Thursdays “Topical Thursday” from 11:30am-12:30pm.

  • Swim Some Laps at Lunch and a new Morning Swim!

  • Learn to Climb or Belay

  • Mindful Meditation

Here is the link to sign up for a workshop. I’m still planning more sessions and will let you know about them in the weekly divisional weekend emails. If you see a session you’d like to attend, but the timing doesn’t work, please email me (, and I can set up a one-to-one session. Please know that the Educational Tech Coordinators: Michael Moulton (US) Brian Hecker (MS) and Christy Brennan (LS) are available to work one-to-one with you to help you with PC Hub. Feel free to email them or touch base with them in person. You can also book an appointment with Michael Moulton using this link

Once again this year we have access to professional development at Philadelphia University, as they do to ours. Each Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00pm we are invited to attend their No Agenda Wednesday talking-teaching session and on Thursdays there’s Topical Thursday talks from 11:30am to 12:30pm. Both sessions are held in the Kanbar Center in the FishBowl room. I’ll post the weekly educational topic of the Thursday talks on our Genius Signup a few days before the talk. The discussions are rich and already conversations have led to some exciting partnerships between our schools.  

As always, I am happy to meet with you to discuss specific workshops you’d like to attend or teach. I’m also available to facilitate a Critical Friends Group, arrange a classroom visit and/ or arrange a one-to-one session with a mentor on a topic of your choice. You can schedule an appointment on the front page of our TLC website, stop by the TLC or send me an email. While you’re on the TLC website, I invite you to explore its many online resources. Hope to see you at the TLC!


Faculty and Staff Announcements

Faculty fitness classes, led by John Estok, will begin this week and can be found on the Fitness Center calendar.


Professional Development News

MCRC@ADVIS Critical Conversations presents The Art of the Possible: Overcoming Adversity For School Leaders with nationally syndicated cartoonist Robb Armstrong. It will be on Oct. 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm at Shipley School. Click here for more details.

Click here for more information on upcoming professional development opportunities. Please remember to fill out the blue professional development form attached to your registration.

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