Explore the Pillars of a Morristown Beard school Education:
Excellence in Teaching and Learning
|CRITICAL THINKING facilitates greater understanding of complex topics and situations. Students learn to ask questions, identify problems, synthesize key concepts, and design creative solutions in pursuit of knowledge.|
|RISK-TAKING is encouraged. Our educational program recognizes this as a valid learning modality, even when an investigation does not proceed as expected. Play and a sense of fun are key components in nurturing appropriate intellectual risk-taking.|
|WRITING is a means of thinking and developing thoughts, not just a way to record pre-existing ideas. Analytic and reflective writing should not be the exclusive domain of the traditional text-based disciplines, but should be actively encouraged across the curriculum.|
|QUANTITATIVE REASONING is valued as a means of logical processing both in and beyond the math classroom. Developing a sound quantitative mindset is crucial to understanding, critiquing, and drawing conclusions in our increasingly data-intensive culture.|
|INNOVATIVE CONNECTIONS across disciplines inspires original approaches to solving problems and prepares students for life beyond the classroom.|
An Everlasting Quest for MBS Faculty
Excellence in teaching and learning depends upon a passion for the pursuit of new knowledge. At Morristown Beard School, our faculty members continually explore both the professional aspects of teaching as well as particular areas of academic interest and expertise in order to grow their skills and knowledge base. This professional development directly impacts your child's education at MBS, as our teachers work quickly to incorporate new instructional approaches and learning tools into their classrooms.
Below we share a few examples of recent faculty professional development:
Kate Russo, along with fellow faculty members Katie Pepper and Lisa Swanson, attended a School Disciplinary Conference in San Antonio as part of the Innovative Schools Summit. Attendees learned new insights and strategies for reaching and teaching students.
The session "Teaching Kids to Think and Act Ethically” included practical advice on how to teach students to act with integrity, civility, and compassion. "Restorative Practices in Schools” provided some information on the philosophy of Restorative Practice in schools and the impact it has on school culture and climate. "Education for Transformation: A Better Vision for Teaching Diverse Learners, Cultural Differences, and Social-Economic Disparities in Education" addressed the problems that exist within these areas and how educators can address these issues in a more substantive way.
Jen Laviola participated in a week-long cultural immersion program at Centro MundoLengua in Seville, Spain. She lived with a local family and participated in an intensive program designed for Spanish teachers. More recently, Jen took a virtual online French language course with the Rassias Language Center at Dartmouth College, gaining firsthand experience with the renown Rassias method of language instruction. Upon completion of this course, Jen held a pedagogy workshop on the Rassias method for teachers in Morristown Beard School’s World Language department.
Jen attended a week-long virtual conference for department chairs run by Independent School Management (ISM). Participants from independent schools around the country worked with consultants to examine issues related to leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and virtual instruction.
Natalie Marone recently attended the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference in Washington DC, an annual three-day conference intended to bring math teachers from all around the country together to talk shop and help transform the learning and teaching of mathematics. There she sat in on sessions about writing in the math classroom, formative assessment, projects for the BC Calculus classroom, and scaffolded activities, to name a few.
Natalie also served on the steering committee for "“Something For Everyone: Math and Science Across the Curriculum,” a conference held at Morristown Beard School to commemorate the opening of the Math & Science Center. In that capacity, she helped screen applications for presentations, coordinate keynote speakers, and develop the schedule for the day.
As a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Matt Martino attends regular continuing education seminars and workshops to maintain his license. In 2020, Matt participated in 18.5 continuing education hours of seminars presented by industry leaders, professionals, and educators that included topics like "Industrial Revolution: Artifact to Architecture," "Mass Timber at the University of Denver: An Authentic Expression of Sustainability," and "Embodied Carbon Workshop" presented by the Association of Collegiate Architecture Schools (ASCA).
The ASCA conference was led by professors of architecture and design from schools of architecture, including MIT and Columbia. Professors revealed how they are integrating sustainable design and elements of carbon management into their college level design studios.
Marina Milinkovic has attended numerous virtual webinars to bring cutting-edge technologies and practices into her classroom. She attended the webinar "How to Use Visible Body to Lecture in 3D” by Visible Body, whose apps take anatomy education far beyond written text, flat images and plastic models. With Visible Body’s 3D models and augmented reality capabilities, teachers can provide their students with glimpses into things the naked eye cannot see and an unmatched level of interactivity.
Marina also participated in a webinar by LABSTER. Educators around the globe are using Labster’s virtual labs to help motivate and engage STEM students through introducing and reinforcing concepts, preparing for wet-labs, post-lab practice to master skills/techniques and as lab replacements for online learners. Marina learned how these virtual labs can bring value to her science courses, including best practices for building virtual labs into a course.
Marina participated in the EXPLO Critical Design Making Camp for Educators held at Morristown Beard School. This conference was a hands-on training program to help teachers integrate design thinking into the classroom and take a closer look at student roles in group work and what kinds of roles are needed specifically for science classes.
A Celebration of Excellence in Learning
We’re also excited to share stories that highlight notable achievements earned by our talented students. These students represent MBS well, and we are delighted to recognize a few of them below.
MBS junior chosen to participate in prestigious summer program
MBS senior advances to a finalist in National Merit Scholarship Program
MBS honors students for outstanding scholastic achievement
MBS sophomore honored for his work with SNAP
MBS Centers for Learning
The Center for
The Center for Academic Writing (CAW) acts as a support system for students, and, in concert with our philosophy, allows the students, themselves, to take on an important leadership role on campus as writing tutors in the center.
The Center for
Teaching & Learning
The Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) empowers all students to better understand themselves and their own learning stories while, at the same time, developing students’ self-advocacy and self-efficacy.
The Center for
The Center for Quantitative Reasoning (CQR) is a support center providing a place for students to strengthen foundational skills, receive extra help in their classes, and explore interest in mathematics that goes beyond the classroom.
The Center for
Innovation & Design
Opened in 2019, the Center for Innovation & Design (CID) provides more than 8,000 square feet of flexible and innovative space where students design, build, and problem solve as they engage in multidisciplinary projects.
Innovation serves as the foundation of our efforts to cultivate modern day academic rigor.
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We are invested in guiding students to reach their maximum potential within a life of balance and authentic learning.
$50 million over 15 years has transformed our campus to best deliver exemplary academics.
Our accomplished alumni provide an insightful view of the life-lasting impact of an MBS education.