Upper School Directors

2019-2020 Schedule and Topics

Headways for Upper School Directors: Teaching and Learning During the High School Years will be facilitated by Laura Hotchkiss, Associate Head of Academics and Director of Upper School, at Marlborough School, and will occur at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

September 26, 2019: Starting the School Year

Topics to consider: Onboarding new employees, goal setting and evaluation, initiatives and priorities, work-life balance, messaging to parents and students, senior year – college, role models, traditions


October 24, 2019: Program Development – Curricular and Co-Curricular

Topics to consider: schedule and structure; curricular – AP Program, capstone/research, STEM/STEM; co-curricular – advisory programs, leadership, entrepreneurship, athletics, arts, technology integration, online behavior


November 14, 2019: Grading and Assessment

Topics to consider: high school expectations, project-based and collaborative work, effects of assessment on health and wellness, rubrics and alternative forms of assessment, peer-to-peer assessment, student-led conferences, portfolios


January 23, 2020: Tapping into Talent –Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Topics to consider: structure and organization of hiring process, interviews on campus, sample lessons, role of department head and department members, orientations, professional growth, evaluation, leadership pathways


February 20, 2020: Preparing for Next Steps – College and Careers

Topics to consider: college prep programs and pressures, internship and shadow day programs, balancing academics and extracurricular responsibilities, parent education, finishing strong for seniors, launching young alumnae