Elementary/Lower/Primary School Teachers

2020-2021 Schedule and Topics

Headways for Elementary/Lower/Primary School Teachers will be facilitated by Katharine Kent, Lower School Head at the Hutchison School, and meetings will occur from 4:00-5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on the below dates.

Please note that NCGS is mindful of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will ensure that discussion topics are timely and relevant.

Headways for Elementary/Lower/Primary School Teachers is open to those in positions including but not limited to Classroom Teacher, Classroom Assistant Teacher, Early Childhood Teacher, Lower School Teacher, PK-Grade 5 Teacher, etc.

October 19, 2020: Distance Learning in the Elementary Classroom

Topics to consider: striking the appropriate balance of asynchronistic vs. synchronistic learning for elementary students; diversity, equity, inclusion & belonging in distance learning classrooms; making connections during distance learning; virtual assessments

November 23, 2020: Differentiation: How to Best Meet Students Where They Are

Topics to consider: small group instruction and  whole group instruction; Learning styles- understanding learning styles and how we can maximize learning using this understanding; Assets-Based instruction; Encouraging students to develop perseverance and growth mindsets

January 26, 2021: Classroom Management

Topics to consider: creating a space and forum for resolving conflict, providing students with the skills to solve conflicts appropriately, and for understanding the benefits of compromise; maximizing the potential for students

February 22, 2021: Assessment

Topics to consider: standardized tests; formal and informal assessments; benchmarks, numerical grades; parent/teacher conferences

April 26, 2021: Making Meaningful Connections with Students and Parents

Topics to consider: communication with parents; understanding the emotional needs of a child; teacher-Student relationship building; the importance of sharing personal stories with students.

Questions to consider: How have you been able to develop relationships with your students? Did the relationship building make a difference in student engagement and achievement?  How do you know?


Available exclusively to NCGS member schools, each cohort includes five conversation topics. A registration fee of $250 is required by each participant. Space is limited with preference given to new, first-time participants who can commit to joining every session within a cohort.

Advance-registration for the 2020-2021 Headways program is now open! Join the list to receive information ahead of the general registration period in late August.