Whether you’re reading this as you participate in the 2022 RISE Leadership Conference live in Albany, or from the comfort of your desk, we hope this newsletter finds you well! After two years of online conferences, we are so excited to finally be meeting in person - this is a celebratory moment!
At the same time, we know the value of online webinars and for this reason, Fordham PDRC will launch a New Principal Series and a New Teacher Series starting on January 2023 as we continue the monthly Chat & Network events. In addition, we have selected a set of timely and content-rich pre-corded videos with CTLE credit option. At the end of each video, there is a short quiz that must be completed in order to earn credit. Disciplined and curious educators, find these on-demand webinars a dear and convenient professional resource.
For those interested in connecting with other educators in-person, we welcome you to join the upcoming professional development day on January 30, 2023 hosted by the Theresa Paplin School, and please contact us directly if you have any interest in hosting in-person professional development at your school
To find out more about these sessions, check out the (right column), or visit the Fordham PDRC website.
Written by Roser Salavert, Ed.D., Director Fordham PDRC
The Chat & Network Series was started at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic to afford leaders a chance to hear from each other, share ideas, problem-solve, and meet new peers online. Being part of these sessions enabled participants “to lead with empathy and presence while caring for our deepest self” from the safety of home during those unprecedented and uncertain times. After a few months, it was evident that these events were successful in fostering networking and communication among leaders from various religious and independent schools. Then, how could the Fordham PDRC advance this small but growing professional community of education leaders?
The answer was the Chat & Network Podcast. For those unable to join the Chat & Network sessions as they happen, these podcasts provide a helpful and engaging recap, and allow educators to listen while commuting, or running errands.
By listening mindfully and with intention, we can extend the feeling of being connected to a group of like-minded educators while taking some well-deserved time to do something for yourself. And according to a recent study, podcasts can even boost one’s mood!
Who is listening to podcasts? We have been listening to radio shows and news programs since the 1930’s, but the podcasts, a term that refers to content that is distributed as audio files to be played at a listener’s convenience, are still relatively new, only dating back to the early 2000’s. Since then, their popularity has grown drastically. According to a study from Pew Research Center, in 2021, 41% of Americans aged 12 and up listened to a podcast in a given month (1). That’s around 100 million people!
Our mailing address is: NYS / NYC Professional Development Resource Center for Religious and Independent Schools (PDRC) Center for Educational Partnerships Fordham University GSE 45 Columbus Ave. Martino Hall New York, NY 10023