Work Hard.

  • Academics
  • Advancement
  • Gratitude
Kristina Scala

This month and next month, the focus of our AEI & AYLI curricula is on our value of “Work Hard.” For many in our community (parents, students, faculty and staff), work happens inside and outside of classrooms and offices. Last weekend, some of our staff participated in a professional development opportunity on Saturday that reflects their passion for and commitment to their work. 

Many in our community make a choice to contribute to our Annual Fund that funds professional development opportunities for our faculty. For that, we are incredibly grateful. 

This year, faculty members have participated in professional development including:

  • Orton Gillingham Training 

  • Reader’s Workshop

  • Writer’s Workshop

  • Teaching Digital Drawing with Apple Wacom Pads (combining Wacom tablets with Photoshop and Illustrator to create a Digital Drawing and Painting class)

  • National Geographic educational science course

  • The Institute for Science and Policy presents Climate Change: Aspiration vs. Pragmatism

  • Social Justice 101 by Colorado Diversity Network

  • Colorado Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference 

  • on-demand courses and resources for teaching

  • K-12 Purpose Summit by World Leadership School


And will attend:

  • Recognizing and Reducing Stressors: Empowering Children to Flip the Script Before they Flip Their Lids

  • Education of Young Children Annual Conference

  • Colorado Council of the International Reading Association

  • American Counseling Association Conference

  • NAIS People of Color Conference

  • Writing Workshop led by Teacher's College Reading & Writing Project (in-house)

  • Columbia University, Teachers College Reader’s and Writer’s Project workshop: Grades 1-8 IEP intervention strategies for readers and writers workshop


In addition, two of our own will be presenting at the CCIRA (Colorado Council of the International Reading Association) conference this year. Kudos to Joanna Weisel and Jennifer Gravlee for working hard and sharing learnings to support other teachers!

We’re grateful for all the ways our faculty demonstrates our value of “work hard” in the classroom and by identifying enriching and inspiring professional development opportunities. Thank you to all who have made these opportunities possible by contributing to our Annual Fund. If you have already made a contribution to our 2019 Annual Fund, thank you for your generosity and commitment to supporting Aspen Academy faculty and students. If you’d like to make a donation, here’s a link to donate now.