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A Coeducational School | Early Learners to Third Grade

Supporting Our Professionals

As educators, we know first-hand that new ideas and new connections with people from across the nation can lead to inspiring new ideas and adventures in the classroom. Faculty and staff need to nourish their own passions and interests as professionals in order to joyfully serve in our roles as teachers of children. Beauvoir happily supports attendance at conferences and workshops across the country. We meet regularly with faculty and staff to review professional development opportunities, and to coordinate attendance at a number of them offered both locally and away from Washington, D.C.

Additionally, we select a few teachers every year to travel internationally in support of our Global Studies unit through travel grants. In the last three years, teachers at Beauvoir have traveled to Kenya, explored countries along the Nile River, South Africa, Chile, Peru, Spain and Italy. Domestic opportunities to travel are also granted, with some of our teachers having recently explored the Chesapeake Bay, San Francisco, Hawaii, and New England.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to expand my mind through travel to South America so that I may share knowledge, observations, and new understandings with our Beauvoir community.

Katherine Alexander, Early Learning Center Teacher

I am eager to share all that I experienced with our school community during Global Studies this year!

Courteney Coyne, First Grade Teacher

Extraordinary Support for Teachers

Research shows that professional development that happens within a school community with peers learning together over a period of time results in positive student learning outcomes and increased feelings of teacher self-efficacy in the classroom. At Beauvoir, we honor that teachers learn and grow together by thoughtfully and intentionally designing in-house professional development opportunities. For example, we learn and grow together in professional learning communities (PLCs) on topics such as literacy, numeracy, social justice, and equity throughout the year.

We also have unparalleled support for faculty members through the work of a math coach and two literacy instructional coaches. Beauvoir also supports both teachers and students with one reading specialist in each grade from first through third, two math specialists, and an early childhood literacy and math coach dedicated to supporting teachers and students in pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. When we learn and grow together, we increase our impact as educators, and truly provide an extraordinary early childhood education that encourages students to be creative, courageous life-long learners.

What Are We Reading?

Beauvoir faculty and staff come together a number of times throughout the year to engage in and to think deeply about topics relevant to our work.  In the past three years, the following books and articles have guided our discussions as teachers committed to enhancing our craft and promoting our School mission:

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Our Mission

At Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, we provide an extraordinary early childhood education in a diverse community that values every individual. Beauvoir’s program encourages creative, courageous learners and builds an enduring foundation for a lifelong spirit of inquiry and joy in learning.
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