Being an Exemplary Teacher

Among the ideals for which we strive at BASIS Independent Schools is to be exemplary. Competent teachers are rather common, and great teaching is a noble goal. But extending beyond excellence to be an exemplar…this is and has been our common focus. Being exemplary, I argue, must be defined, practiced and shared. Here is an example of being exemplary from BASIS Independent McLean:

First, the faculty engaged in a group exercise citing exemplars from their own lives. We noted common themes and qualities. From there, we began to articulate what we would define as qualities of exemplary teaching. Then each of us, in our own words, began to craft and hone a descriptive narrative on what constituted exemplary teaching. The resulting statements are living documents, keeping us mindful of the ideal we strive to achieve. Continue reading “Being an Exemplary Teacher”

Fifth Grade: The Foundation of Specialization

Fifth grade marks a transitional year for students at BASIS Independent Schools. Not only are they exercising more autonomy, as they no longer have the Learning Expert Teacher with them all day, but they are beginning intensive studies in new subjects such as Classics and Latin.

What does fifth grade look like for students and teachers? We asked students and teachers at BASIS Independent Fremont to find out! Continue reading “Fifth Grade: The Foundation of Specialization”

Defining Support: Teacher Mentors

There is a quote posted on the refrigerator in the staff lounge at BASIS Independent Manhattan from Todd Whitaker. It reads: “The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day.”

Our dedicated and passionate teachers are a cornerstone of every BASIS Independent Schools‘ success. We are thrilled to have a Teacher Mentor program where the focus is not only to have a faculty that supports our students, but also a faculty that feels supported.

In this post, we will introduce you to a few of our Teacher Mentors at BASIS Independent Manhattan, explain what they do, and how their contributions are making an impact on a daily basis. Continue reading “Defining Support: Teacher Mentors”

Dean of Students: Finding Support & Joy in Learning

During this time of distance learning, parents of younger students are navigating a learning environment where the lines between school and home are blurred. Considering the circumstances, students and parents need extra support, and finding joy in learning is more important than ever. We spoke with our Dean of Students (PreK – Grade 2) at BASIS Independent Manhattan, Ms. Becky Hodges, to discuss how we accomplish this no matter where we are. Continue reading “Dean of Students: Finding Support & Joy in Learning”

BASIS Curriculum: Middle School Program

“It makes a huge difference to have teachers who are passionate about the subjects they are teaching in every class. It makes you more excited to learn!” – Sophie, BASIS Independent McLean student

BASIS Independent Schools raises the standards of student learning to the highest international levels through our advanced, globally benchmarked curriculum. However, our schools are only able to achieve such incredible outcomes thanks to our passionate expert teachers–not just because they teach with expertise, but because each one inspires students to truly love learning. Good luck asking any of our students who their favorite teacher or class is; they will usually answer, “all of them!” Continue reading “BASIS Curriculum: Middle School Program”

Teacher Spotlight: Amanda Setty, Early Learning

For our first Teacher Spotlight, we highlight Amanda Setty, Early Education Teacher at BASIS Independent McLean. She first started teaching as part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program, where she spent two years in rural Japan teaching English to elementary and middle-school students. She was introduced to BASIS Independent Schools when she attended an information session as a prospective parent. She left the meeting thinking, “I want to be part of that!” Continue reading “Teacher Spotlight: Amanda Setty, Early Learning”

What’s It Like to Work Here? Pt. 1

Everyone remembers that one teacher…

…the one that left such a distinct impression that you actually started to call English your favorite class even when you’ve always been a “math” person. To paraphrase BASIS Independent Brooklyn French Subject Expert Teacher Mr. Mandeville, at BASIS Independent Schools, all teachers are that one teacher–each one forges a true connection between their students and the lessons being taught, instilling in them an avid love for their subject. Good luck asking one of our students what their favorite class is. They either tell you, enthusiastically, “all of them!” or, “it changes each year!” Continue reading “What’s It Like to Work Here? Pt. 1”

BASIS Independent Schools: Who We Are

How We Got Here

Six years ago BASIS Independent Schools began with a vision: to use the proven and time-tested BASIS Curriculum as the foundation and core for a network of private schools to be established across the country. Today, we are very proud to have nearly 3,000 students in Pre-Kindergarten – 12th grade across six campuses in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the DC Metro Area. Continue reading “BASIS Independent Schools: Who We Are”

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