Arc Development

Professional Services for Teachers, Administrators, and School Families

Arc Professional Development helps teachers and school administrators make thoughtful and productive choices about the evolution of their careers. 

BTW Dates
Thursday, October 29, 2015 (concurrent with the Mentor Leadership Workshop)
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (concurrent with the Mentor Leadership Workshop)
Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MLW Dates
Thursday, October 29, 2015 (concurrent with the Beginning Teacher Workshop)
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, half day (8:30–12:00)
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (concurrent with the Beginning Teacher Workshop)
Thursday, April 7, 2016, half day (8:30–12:00)

Times
Except as noted for the MLW, we’ll have some snacks at 8:00, and start at 8:30. Plan to stick around until 3:00.

Location
Sessions will be held at the Friends Meeting House, less than a half-mile north of the Dupont Circle Metro stop in Washington — a seven-minute walk. NOTE that all dates except December 9 will be held in Quaker House, 2121 Decatur Place, just behind the large Friends Meeting building that faces the corner of Florida Ave and Phelps Place. If you are facing the Meeting House, walk to your left, and turn right immediately on Decatur Place. Quaker House is the first building after you get around the Meeting House.

Disability Access
With deep apologies, our meeting space in Quaker House is NOT handicapped-accessible. If you have a disability that would make it difficult to climb or descend a flight of stairs, please click here to send Peter a message. We may be able to move to a ground-level space at the same address if your participation depends on it.

Metro
We encourage you to take Metro to Dupont Circle if possible. From the station, take the escalator to the north exit. From the station:
Walk left (west) on Q Street
Turn right (north) on 21st Street
Turn left (west) on R Street
Turn right (north) on Florida Avenue, and then left on Decatur Place

Parking
If you need to drive, be aware that street parking options are slim and tightly controlled. There is a parking garage on the east side of Connecticut Avenue, LAZ parking, at the corner of 20th and S Streets. It’s about two blocks, across Connecticut Avenue, to Quaker House.

Food
While we’re hesitant to use the label “Foodie,” the four of us love to eat, so the food quality will be commensurate with the quality of the workshop! Click HERE to send a message if you have any food issues (I mean “dietary restrictions”) that we should know about. Seriously, we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Dress
I’d say “business casual,” but nobody seems to know what that actually means. When I was a middle school head, our dress code was basically “nothing obviously offensive to any person or group, and no visible underwear.” That sounds about right. Be comfortable.

What to Bring
Some kind of writing or recording implement. A laptop or tablet is fine, as are pen and paper.
Three physical items that are meaningful in describing yourself and your story so far.
Thoughts in advance about something that has gone very well for you, and something that has been a particular challenge in your role as a new teacher or mentor.
An excellent attitude!

Format
The format is largely what might be called “interactive presentations.” We all have expertise in certain areas, and we’re practicing to develop skills in others. We’ll offer thoughts, guidance, and even provocations, but we’ll also expect you to do the heavy lifting. We are open to suggestions and criticisms at almost any time concerning what is working well and what might go better.