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P.C.P.D. June 2017

Penn Charter Professional Development

June 2017

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

Follow this link to catch up on our blog posts for the 2016-2017 school year!



Congratulations and best wishes to the following colleagues who are retiring this year: Chris Christoph, Nora Comiskey, Val Erdmanis, Tony Farrell, Chuck Hitschler, David Kern, Bruce MacCullough and Rick Mellor.

Aly Goodner was recognized by the New Jersey governor on May 17 for her work with the N.J. Department of Education Teacher Leadership Initiative (2015-2016).

Congratulations and special thanks to PC colleagues who shared their expertise by leading sessions and mentoring at the Teaching and Learning Center during May and June: Sarah Aguilar-Francis, Sharon Ahram, Marianna Allen, Joe Acquaviva, Pat Bender, Kevin Berkoff, Paul Blackwood, Tim Clarke, Monica Freely, Aly Goodner, Julian Guindon, Corey Kilbane, Imana Legette, Sara Moses, Michael Moulton, Kristen Ostendorf, Lee Payton, Lisa Reedich, Tom Rickards, Claire Scribner, Pam Shannon, Brooke Stratton, Doug Uhlmann, Antonio Williams and Laura Valdmanis.


Eve Schwartz married Trevor Mishler on April 29.


News and Notes

Megan Kafer and Joan Rosen attended the 1st Annual Children with Complex Challenges Conference at The Quaker School of Horsham. Peg Dawson, the co-author of the book Smart But Scattered, presented an array of practical strategies that can be embedded in the classroom and shared with parents to help children with executive skill challenges become better students and more proficient learners.

Megan Kafer attended Friends Council on Education's Early Education Peer Network hosted by Wilmington Friends School. Queries included: Who are the individuals who make up a learning community, and how do we honor the Divine Light that those individuals bring to the community? How are both individuals and the community reflected in the learning space? What spaces appear to have been created with the individual in mind? Teachers toured Wilmington Friends' Early Education classrooms, which are modeled after the Reggio Emilia philosophy.

Michael Roche had the opportunity to visit California and go behind the scenes of America's Got Talent.  While there he explored all aspects of the production while his son auditioned for the judges. He was amazed to see the many divisions that work together to make the show work as one unit.

Michael Roche has also been performing stand-up comedy at Helium Comedy Club and other locations in Philadelphia.


Faculty and Staff Changes

Bhelly Bagbonon will teach Social Studies in the Upper School next year.

Christine Cook will teach Science in the Upper School next year.

Stephanie Vogel has accepted a position teaching full-time Latin at the Baldwin School.


Green Corner
by Tom Rickards

Summer Outings

Please let Lisa Turner or me know if you would like to help with Campus Gardens over the summer. Friends of the Wissahickon also has regularly scheduled hikes and service opportunities: FOW Calendar. I would also be interested in seeing if there is a group that is interested in sharing summer outings and nature adventures in the months to come. I sent out weekly Eco News events this school year (please let me know if you want on that email listserv), and would be happy to explore ongoing communication with folks over the summer. If interested, please let me know.  

Environmental Stewardship Certificate

This summer a small group of faculty will continue working on our first certificate program in the Upper School. A variety of other schools have started certificate offerings for rising juniors and seniors that allow students to demonstrate consistent interest and passion in a particular area. While other certificate ideas are being explored, the purpose of the Environmental Stewardship Certificate would be to build programming for interested students who want to “bundle” coursework, projects, activities/service and a final senior comprehensive project (SCP) that are all focused around issues of stewardship and environmental sustainability. If you would like information and/or you are interested in being a part of this certification program, please contact Tom Rickards for more information.


Notes from the TLC

by Ruth Aichenbaum 

Thanks to everyone who led and attended TLC sessions this year. It was such a pleasure to learn from and with you!

Below are some links to resources from some of the May workshops that you might have missed so that you can take a look at them during your leisure this summer.

I’m already starting to plan next year’s TLC workshops. Please let me know if you have an idea for a session or reading group that you’d like to lead or that you’d like to see offered. Hope to see you in the Teaching & Learning Center in the fall.

Links to Presentations/ Resources from some of the May TLC workshops:


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