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2017-2018 Curricular Changes

Crafting an academically inspiring curriculum that reflects the latest research in cognitive science, classroom practice, and learning theory is a continuous effort at CSG. For the past several months, the faculty and staff have looked closely at our current offerings and explored our opportunities for growth. Ultimately, each decision puts us closer to our strategic goal of enhancing our excellent academic program and creating a robust, empowered teaching community of excellence. The fruits of our communal efforts can be seen through the introduction of several curricular and faculty/staff updates for 2017-2018:

English & Language Arts

Program for Young Children & Lower School

Under the direction of English Department Chair Patricia Miranda, faculty worked with literacy education specialists and consultants to review CSG's literacy scope and sequence in the PYC through the Lower School. The result is a cohesive literacy scope & sequence for the 2017-2018 school year, which will include consistent assessments across grade levels and a balanced literacy approach and pedagogy based upon the 5 Pillars of Literacy Instruction.


Middle School

After careful review of both the history and English curriculum PK-12, we have decided to return to a more traditional, stand-alone English and history pairing in Form VIII for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The restructure will offer our Form VIII students smaller class sizes, more time devoted to each of the two subject areas, and more flexibility in the selection of history and literature texts. Humanities will remain in Form VI and Form VII.


Mathematics

Middle School

In review of our math curriculum, we have been pleased with the adoption of Math in Focus. This curriculum has allowed for deeper critical thinking and complex integration of skills. In the spirit of continuing to meet each student's needs, in 2017-2018, we will expand our course offerings to support students who may need a slower, more deliberate pace and provide opportunity for acceleration for students who may benefit from moving ahead. Using the Math in Focus curriculum, the middle school will offer up to three distinct levels of math per grade. This new series of course offerings will culminate with Pre-Algebra, Algebra and Geometry in Form VIII. Students will be placed in appropriate math courses for the 2017-2018 year based on a review of their average test scores, homework grade, class participation, and a readiness assessment. More information regarding the new math offerings and placement can be found HERE.

Technology - Computer Science and Innovation Lab

MS & US Computer Science

After carefully defining the differences among technology infrastructure, classroom technology integration, and computer science curriculum, we are excited to announce several changes to the curricula in middle and upper school. Building upon the strength of current curricula in the upper school, we will hire a full-time middle and upper school Computer Science Teacher. Courses offered on a rotational basis will include quarter courses for Form VI, VII, & VIII, as well as Media Design, One Laptop per Child, Python, and AP Computer Science in the upper school.


LS Innovation Lab

Based upon our desire to continue to offer an academic program that is “innovative, relevant, compelling, and connected,” we are excited to announce the creation of the Lower School Innovation Lab. After looking at the Next Generation Science Standards, particularly Dimension I: Scientific and Engineering Practices and the ISTE Standards, we realize we have the opportunity to introduce an emergent curriculum in Innovation that will supplement and enhance our current offerings. Karen Scranton will take the lead on this initiative that will build upon curricular concepts in Computer Science, Engineering, Design Thinking, Technology, and the Maker Movement.


As we consider the needs of the 21st-century learner, we have decided to move away from a singularly focused technology class and replace it with The Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab will provide Lower School students with a multi-dimensional approach to learning that infuses computer science, engineering, design thinking, technology, and the maker movement. The curriculum will be guided by, but not limited to, the Next Generation Science Standards, International Standards of Technology Education, and the Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy curriculum.



Faculty and Staff Updates

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All -School

Director of Studies, Jessica Fries-Gaither

In addition to teaching Form III, IV, and V science, Jessica Fries-Gaither will take on the role of Director of Studies. The Director of Studies is an academic leader of the school who works closely with the department heads, sharing responsibility for overseeing all aspects of the school’s academic program, PYC-Form XII. We are excited that Jessica will take on the new role beginning in 2017-2018.

PYC

New Faculty

New Director of the PYC, Jamie Schiff, PhD

Jamie Schiff P’31 joins the CSG community as the new Director of the Program for Young Children. Jamie has worked with children, families, and teachers for over 12 years. Most recently she served as an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Capital University, where she taught several courses, including Early Literacy and Literature for Early Childhood, Pedagogy: Integrated Language Arts for Early Childhood, and Content Area Literacy. Before earning her Ph.D., Jamie taught first and second grade while completing her M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Jacksonville University. When it comes to the Reggio Emilia approach, Jamie is considered an expert across central Ohio, facilitating professional growth opportunities on the topic for teachers throughout the region. We are honored to have someone with her expertise at the helm of our program!

Transitioning Faculty

PYC Associate Teacher and Program Coordinator, Julie Stevenson

After a number of years teaching in the PYC, Karen Scranton is joining the Lower School full-time, not only as the Innovation Lab Coordinator, but also as the Form I & II Science teacher. We wish Karen well in her new position and are excited to welcome Julie Stevenson to the PYC as our new PYC Associate Teacher and Program Coordinator. Julie worked as an associate teacher in the Lower School last year and has more than 11 years experience in education. We welcome her knowledge and expertise as she serves as a teacher and keeps the PYC running smoothly as the primary coordinator of the division.

General Music Teacher, Deborah Chow

With Karen’s transition to the lower school, Deborah Chow will take on the full-time position of PYC & LS General Music teacher. Last year, Deborah was an exceptional addition to the lower school where she taught forms I-III music. Deborah came from Capital University with a Bachelor of Music and a major in Vocal Music Education.


Lower School

New Faculty

LS Math Specialist, Connie Borro

Connie Borro joins CSG most recently from The Young Women’s Leadership School in Brooklyn, where she chaired the STEM department, taught middle and high school math, and tutored students of all ages (from elementary to high school). While serving as department chair, Connie identified professional development needs for the staff of 30 teachers and facilitated the administration of baseline, benchmark, and summative assessments. Connie received her B.A. in Architecture and Urban Studies from Yale University, her M.S. Ed in Secondary Mathematics from City University of New York, Lehman College. She is an alumna of CSG, class of 2004.

Form I Homeroom Teacher, Shelby Butz

Shelby Butz comes to CSG from Columbus City Schools, where she has been a first grade teacher. She has her B.S. in Human Development Family Science with an Early Childhood specialization and her M.S. Ed. in Early Childhood, Teaching and Learning, from The Ohio State University. At OSU, Shelby was a member of the Reggio Emilia Study Group, as well as a member of “Advocates for Children and Education Scholars.” She has been a musical theatre performer and is excited to infuse project-based work and music into her students’ classroom experiences.+

Form V Homeroom Teacher, Samantha Paetow

Samantha Paetow joins the CSG community from Columbus Academy, where she served as an Associate Teacher in 3rd grade. Prior to Columbus Academy, Samantha taught 4th grade at Mansion Day School. She received her B.S. in Human Development with a psychology minor from Virginia Tech and her certification in Early Childhood/Elementary Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University. Samantha is currently working on her M.S. Ed. in Elementary Reading and Mathematics from Walden University. In addition to her teaching experience, Samantha was a four-year Division I scholar-athlete in women’s lacrosse and continues to bring her love of the sport to young girls through coaching.

LS Reading Specialist, Claire Rothchild

Claire Rothchild joins the Lower School from the Columbus Jewish Day School (CJDS), where she has served as a teacher and intervention specialist. She received her M.S. Ed. at The Ohio State University and has completed Orton Gillingham training, and the State of Ohio Reading Endorsement and State of Ohio Intervention Specialist License. Claire brings with her extensive experience in reading instruction with knowledge of multiple reading curriculum and programs. As intervention specialist, Claire worked closely with teachers, the Dean of Students, and parents to ensure students reached their potential. Claire has also served in peer mentoring roles and on advisory committees to the Head during her time at CJDS.

Transitioning Faculty

LS Innovation Lab Coordinator, Form I-IV & Forms I/II Science, Karen Scranton

Karen Scranton will be joining the Lower School after many years as an associate teacher in the 5/6 class and music teacher in the Program for Young Children. She has a degree in Earth Sciences and has firm foundation in project-based, inquiry learning through her work with the Reggio-inspired program in the PYC. As we consider the needs of the 21st-century learner, we have decided to move away from a singularly focused technology class and replace it with The Innovation Lab. The Innovation Lab will provide Lower School students with a multi-dimensional approach to learning that infuses computer science, engineering, design thinking, technology, and the maker movement. The curriculum will be guided by, but not limited to, the Next Generation Science Standards, International Standards of Technology Education, and the Common Sense Media’s Digital Literacy curriculum.

General Music Teacher, Deborah Chow

Deborah Chow will take on the full-time position of PYC & LS General Music teacher. Last year, Deborah was an exceptional addition to the lower school where she taught forms I-III music. Deborah came from Capital University with a Bachelor of Music and a major in Vocal Music Education.

Middle School

New Faculty

Form VIII English, Elizabeth Page

After a national search, we have invited Elizabeth Page to join us as our new Form VIII English teacher. Elizabeth is joining the CSG and Columbus community after four years at St. Ursula Academy, an all-girls private school in Toledo. With experience developing and teaching a variety of Speech, English, Literature and Creative Writing courses, within an all-girls environment, Elizabeth is a great fit to reestablish our Form VIII English course. She earned her B.A. at Hood College and is certified in Ohio to teach English in grades 7-12. Elizabeth recently made the move to Columbus this summer, along with her collection of snowglobes and salt and pepper shakers.

Middle School Spanish, Sarah Cole

After a successful, national search, with many qualified candidates, we are happy to report we have invited Sarah Cole to join the Middle School team to teach Spanish! Sarah comes to us with experience living and teaching in Mexico as well as extensive experience teaching math and health to both English- and Spanish-speaking populations. Kathryn Rosenberg has decided to return to graduate school to pursue a Master’s degree at The Ohio State University.

MS/US Computer Science Teacher, Hassiba Makour

Hassiba Makour has taken a cross-divisional position teaching Middle School and Upper School computer science and technology classes. She will partner with Christine Murakami, who has reduced her hours to part-time this year. Hassiba has been teaching engineering and mathematics courses at Columbus State Community College and prior to that, she taught at a number of technical high schools, including Applied Technology High School in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Algerian Technical High School in Algeria. She has lived in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe and is fluent in Berber, French, and Arabic.

Transitioning Faculty

Middle School History, Vincent Maite

With the restructure to more traditional, stand-alone English and history classes in Form VIII for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year, Vincent Maite, the current Form VIII Humanities teacher will become our Form VIII history teacher.

Upper School

New Faculty

US History Teacher, Tyler McLaughlin

Tyler McLaughlin joins the history department and will be teaching Honors US History and AP Government and Politics this coming year. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Eastern Washington University, and has been teaching History and Economics courses at Archbishop Murphy High School and Pope John Paul II High School for the past 6 years in Washington state and at Bishop Manogue High School in Reno, Nevada prior to that. Tyler also enjoys coaching and has coached tennis, golf, baseball and basketball. He and a colleague organized the DECA chapter and started a student school at Archbishop Murphy. Tyler and his family are new to the Columbus area, and look forward to exploring the area’s parks, restaurants and most importantly golf courses.

MS/US Computer Science Teacher, Hassiba Makour

Hassiba Makour has taken a cross-divisional position teaching Middle School and Upper School computer science and technology classes. She will partner with Christine Murakami, who has reduced her hours to part-time this year. Hassiba has been teaching engineering and mathematics courses at Columbus State Community College and prior to that, she taught at a number of technical high schools, including Applied Technology High School in Abu Dhabi, UAE, and Algerian Technical High School in Algeria. She has lived in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe and is fluent in Berber, French, and Arabic.

US Administrative Assistant, Alisa King

The Upper School Office is pleased to welcome Alisa King as the new US Administrative Assistant. Alisa has worked as an administrative assistant for over ten years, including eight years at Ohio Dominican University. She also has experience in graphics and web design. She is excited to join the CSG staff and looks forward to getting to know your families.


Transitioning Faculty

Math Department Chair

In order to accommodate more flexibility in her schedule and to manage her responsibilities outside of CSG, Leah Weintraub will be stepping aside from the role of department chair at the conclusion of the 2016-2017 school year. As we make curricular decisions throughout next year, Pam Hartshorne will serve as the interim department chair for 2017-2018.

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