While voters from two Bloomfield Township precincts were voting in the front of the building on Election Day, Marian High School faculty and administrators were participating in a full-day workshop presented by Laura Arndt, a consultant from McREL International, in the school’s library media center.
As part of Marian’s ongoing professional development in current teaching and learning research, Ms. Arndt spoke about inquiry based learning. The interactive workshop addressed teaching strategies that promote reasoning and evidence-based problem solving across all content areas. Inquiry was modeled as participants worked with their colleagues to analyze text, synthesize data, and participate in learning scenarios that promote reasoning and the use of evidence to make decisions.
The workshop helped Marian teachers craft higher-order content questions that are both thought-provoking and relevant to secondary level content. It also helped teachers craft rubrics that place greater emphasis on evidence-based thinking, argumentation, and decision making. These tools will support teachers as they prepare Marian students for standardized testing.
Ms. Arndt, nationally renowned for her work in STEM/GreenSTEM program development, customized and facilitated the workshop in effective classroom instruction for the Marian teachers. She encouraged their continued use of higher order thinking and problem solving strategies to engage students in their classes.
McREL International, based in Denver, CO, provides educational consultants to schools and school districts throughout the country.
Located in Bloomfield Hills, Marian High School is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The mission of Marian High School is to ensure, within a Christian environment, an excellent education built on a strong academic curriculum, which will enable young women to value human diversity and live responsible lives of leadership and action based on gospel values.
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Marian High School, an IHM sponsored school, is fully accredited by NCA CASI, an accrediting division of AdvancED.
Marian is a Catholic college preparatory school for young women, sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The mission of Marian is to ensure, within a Christian environment, an excellent education built on a strong academic curriculum, which will enable young women to value human diversity and live responsible lives of leadership and action based on gospel values.
An enduring tradition: guiding young women spiritually, challenging them academically, and inspiring them to a life of leadership and service.