The Hyde Foundation held new faculty training for 40 teachers from Hyde Leadership Charter Schools in Bronx and Brooklyn during the first week of August. The annual event, which is held on the Hyde School boarding campus in Bath, Maine, combines educational sessions on the Hyde philosophy and a retreat experience through participation in seminars, the ropes course and a trust walk.
The retreat is designed to provide each participant with a personal experience of the Hyde self-discovery process, to expose them to the basics of the Hyde philosophy, and to develop team cohesiveness within each school community. “After an intense few days,” said Jennifer Burns, Director of Training and Program Development for the Hyde Foundation, “the faculty have a real feeling for what it is to be part of the Hyde culture. The Hyde philosophy is one where the adults in the community are relied upon to model and uphold the values and standards of the school. This retreat gives them a deep understanding of what that means.”
The teachers return to their respective campuses for several more weeks of training and planning in August before school opens. Hyde-Bronx will open in September with kindergarten through 11th grade. The high school students and faculty will enter a brand new building in Hunt’s Point built specifically for their program needs. Hyde-Brooklyn will welcome a new class of kindergarten students as it expands through 2nd grade.
The Hyde Foundation also provided faculty training in August to two Hyde affiliates – Central Florida Leadership Academy (Orlando, Florida) and Turning Point Academy (Lanham, Maryland) – as they gear up for their school year. The two affiliate schools chose to offer their Hyde training on-site at their schools in order to include their entire faculty.
Enjoy some highlights from the Brooklyn and Bronx School Faculty Ropes Course Challenge below.