For at least one Brewster educator, summer break is not a chance to rest, but a time to hone his craft. In June, English faculty member Simon Sarkodie (pictured above, right) will have a rare opportunity to further develop his teaching skills, having earned a fellowship with the Klingenstein Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers at Columbia University’s Teachers College (also known as KSI). Mr. Sarkodie will have the opportunity to join other educators from around the world to explore teaching styles, educational philosophies, and issues facing independent schools.
“I am always looking for opportunities that can help me become a better teacher, coach, and dorm parent to all students and faculty,” Mr. Sarkodie said when asked why he applied for this program. “KSI will help me continue to grow into a better teacher and colleague at Brewster!”
KSI’s program draws from a very large pool of applicants with diverse backgrounds and lived experiences. Fellows will learn from one another through group sessions, and will hear from independent school experts and master teachers from across the country on a variety of topics. The core curriculum also seeks to explore current issues facing schools and their students, such as equity and inclusion, and cognitive science.
In addition to learning more about the future and missions of independent schools, Mr. Sarkodie is excited for the network of educators he will be able to tap into as he continues his work with students in the fall. “The learning community of KSI is designed to extend beyond the bounds of the summer institute, so I expect I’ll continue to be engaged and connected with my new KSI colleagues, and find ways to share the impactful experiences we’ll have together,” he said, adding, “I am most excited to cultivate relationships with domestic and international teachers whose lived experiences differ from my own.”
Congratulations to Mr. Simon Sarkodie on being selected for this fellowship!
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