Allen-Stevenson considers the basic building block in its educational program to be the relationship between teachers and boys. There are many ways in which the School endeavors to recognize this fundamental link and to encourage and strengthen it. The School looks for ways to help teachers develop, both personally and professionally, and commits a variety of resources to this purpose.  

Kellner Great Teacher Award

The Kellner Great Teacher Award was initiated by a gift from George and Bicky Kellner, parents of Peter ’84. It recognizes outstanding achievement by an Allen-Stevenson teacher. The 2016-17 recipient of the award was Kindergarten Teacher Alice Heminway. For a full list of past recipients, please click here.
It was an honor to receive the Kellner Great Teacher award this past spring.  I feel extremely fortunate to be surrounded by so many smart and creative educators who inspire me to constantly improve my teaching. The School has been an important presence in my life for the past 15 years, supporting me both professionally and personally.  Allen-Stevenson has given me so much over the years and for all these things; the mentors, the friendships, and the opportunities, I am deeply grateful.

~ Alice Heminway, Kindergarten Teacher

Riklis Grants

Each year, the Riklis Grant, a professional opportunity from the Betty and Pinhas Riklis Faculty Fund, provides faculty with a chance for pleasure, renewal or refreshment. Additional Faculty Professional Development Grants have been made possible by generous contributions from members of the Board of Trustees. Grants may be used during any of the school vacations and/or the following summers. The 2016-17 recipients can be found by clicking here.

PA Special Staff Grant

The Parents Association initiated the PA Special Staff Grant for rest, renewal and professional development for staff in the following non-teaching departments: admissions, business, communications, food services, maintenance, nurse, security and technology. The 2016-17 grant recipients can be found by clicking here.

Riklis Grants

Professional Development

Teachers and staff are encouraged to visit other schools, join professional associations, attend conferences and workshops,
give workshops and pursue academic study.

Some of the recent conferences attended by faculty and staff include:
Dalton Conference: From Diversity to Community
ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
Language, Learning Literacy at the Windward Teacher Training Institute
Master Class in Inclusive Leadership
NAIS Annual Conference
NAIS Leadership Institute
NAIS People of Color Conference
NYSAIS Brain Conference
NYSAIS Coding for Everyone
NYSAIS Diversity, Sexuality, Technology Conferences
NYSAIS Early Childhood Conference
NYSAIS Experienced Teacher Institute
NYSAIS Teaching with Technology
National Council of Teachers in Mathematics Regional Conference
Responsive Classroom Training
White Privilege Conference 
 
School Professional Development Days
In addition, two professional development days are usually organized each year at the school for the entire faculty to learn and talk about a specific topic together. During the 2016-17 school year professional development included: Ali Michael, PhD – building a healthy multiracial community and skills for talking about race – as well as a half day mathematics workshop for Lower School faculty and technology training on Canvas for all other teachers; and Howard Stevenson, PhD – teaching racial literacy and beginning to build a toolbox to use when discussing racial moments and stressors.


Faculty Groups

Faculty and Staff of Color (FSOC)
The Faculty and Staff of Color group is intended to strengthen unity among the faculty and staff members of color and provide meaningful contributions to the entire school. Since its inception in 2009, and ongoing, its meetings have provided an informal setting for members to connect with peers, share mutual concerns, and gain insight into issues of common interest. Members of the group also educate one another on how better to assist students in understanding the importance of diversity awareness. The group meets officially 5 times per year, and ad hoc as needed.
 
Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA)
The Parent and Employee GSA provides a space for members of the community to discuss the ways in which we may further the school’s Statement of Inclusion with regards to the needs of our LGBTQ faculty, staff, students, and families. The GSA also provides a space for those who want to develop ally behavior and resources within our community. We hope the work of the GSA will provide a point of intersection with the other affinity groups so that we can make our school as diverse and unique as the city in which it resides.  
 
Critical Friends Groups (CFG)
A Critical Friends Group is a professional learning community: a group of school individuals with common interests in improving teacher practice toward increasing student achievement and who are committed to pursuing those interests through continuous learning. CFGs generally consist of six to ten teachers and/or administrators who meet regularly for a sustained and focused period of time.
 
Professional Development Group (PDG)
The Professional Development Group is composed of all teachers who are not in CFGs. The PDG meets to pursue a variety of appropriate topics intended to enhance the professional knowledge and skills of each teacher.

Faculty Mentors

Mentors are assigned to all new faculty members when they begin work at Allen-Stevenson. The mentor's overall role is to promote the growth and development of a new teacher to ensure the teacher's successful transition to teaching at Allen-Stevenson. Mentors help orient new teachers to the school community and to teaching at Allen-Stevenson in general. Mentors also serve as collegial and emotional supports for the new faculty as they join our community. Each mentor is provided with a Mentor Users Guide, which clearly sets out the position's role and responsibilities.


Allen-Stevenson’s distinctive “enlightened traditional” approach educates boys to become scholars and gentlemen.