Our faculty members exhibit passion for working with youth, possess deep expertise in their discipline, work collaboratively with each other, and constantly strive to improve their own teaching practice to provide the best possible educational experience for our students. We hire, mentor, and develop faculty members to further develop these traits. Each teacher has one or more teaching partners, with whom they co-create course curricula, lesson plans, and assessments. Teachers regularly attend education conferences and substantially revise courses over the summer. Teachers sit together in department offices, so that they may exchange ideas and plan together.
Promising teacher leaders apply to become department heads, who then meet regularly with division directors and the academic dean to coordinate and direct the school’s instructional program. Our academic team includes the head of school, division directors, and the academic dean. At University Prep, we constantly talk about teaching and learning, bridging research and practice for the sake of student success. The end goal always stays front and center: developing each student’s potential to become an intellectually courageous, socially responsible citizen of the world.
Individualized Teaching Improvement Plan (ITIP) at University Prep
All University Prep teachers participate in ITIP, the Individualized Teaching Improvement Plan. Teachers set professional learning goals, receive feedback on their teaching, design a personal growth plan, make changes to their teaching, and share the results with their peers. University Prep has received national recognition for linking professional growth, evaluation, and compensation in this innovative program.
Article on UPrep’s ITIP in Independent School magazine
The ITIP from the Teachers’ Perspective, presented at the NAIS Annual Conference