Excellence in Teaching Initiative

In May 2014, the Garfinkel family made an endowed gift to launch Graded’s Excellence in Teaching Initiative. Since 1920, Graded has attracted top educators who seek an inspiring and intellectually challenging community. By supporting faculty salaries and providing professional development opportunities, the Excellence in Teaching Endowment allows Graded to improve student learning by recruiting, developing, and retaining the world’s best teachers. Can we count on your support?

“My day is engaging, forces me to learn, and is deeply satisfying, as I continually see the impact of our efforts on both student achievement and teacher empowerment.”
Aaron Van Borek
Lower School Teaching and Learning Coach

by Aaron Van Borek, Lower School Teaching and Learning Coach

When we hear the word “coach,” we often conjure up an image of the athletics coach, who stands on the sidelines of the game, watching every play, shouting out moves and pushing players to bring out their best. Like many schools and districts throughout the world, Graded has recently formed a cadre of its own Teaching & Learning coaches, who are not dressed in track pants and dripping with sweat, but echo a similar objective: to bring out the very best in our students, by bringing out the very best in our teachers.

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