What is Depth of Study?
For us it means constantly improving learning by improving teaching.
At Berkeley Hall, we are committed to a culture of improvement not just for our students but for our teachers, too. We believe we can consistently grow and develop as educators and we put this idea into action through our Depth of Study program. It’s an approach that has been integral to our teaching philosophy for more than a decade.
In a profession where most teachers work in isolation, Depth of Study is boldly collaborative. It results in better day-to-day instruction and in overall improvements, too – continuity from grade to grade, shared vocabulary and standards among faculty, and an elimination of gaps and redundancies. The result is a more effective learning experience for every student.
In short, DOS is an intentional practice where teachers become students of their craft, learn from each other, and work together. It enables us to effectively implement our research-based programs, which include Columbia University’s Teachers College Reading & Writing Project, and our K-8th grade Illustrative Math curriculum.
As part of this process, our teachers meet regularly each week and work with an expert in the field of academics and teaching practices. They focus on a particular educational topic and take what they learned to the classroom.