Episode 22: Jill Cross, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction


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In this episode, Jill Cross, TMI’s Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, talks in depth about curriculum mapping, professional development, and academic technology. Listen as she shares her journey from museum studies and teaching into curriculum development and shaping teacher leaders.

Jill talks about the importance of attending conferences for independent school teachers and shares how the experience, collaboration, and networking benefits teachers and their students in the classroom. With a focus on faculty professional development at TMI, Jill talks about the various opportunities that faculty have for both individual and group professional development. From recommended TED talks and online conferences to faculty-led sessions and guest speakers, there are opportunities that fit into everyone’s schedule and interests. Jill also gives us more detail on how the curriculum mapping process at TMI has been unfolding, what lies ahead, and how it benefits the overall education of a TMI student.

Jill is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher who’s been in education for over 15 years. She was named a 2016 ASCD Emerging Leader and is a recognized ASCD Influence Leader and Colonial Williamsburg Master Teacher. She earned bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature from the University of South Florida and her master’s in Museum Studies from the Johns Hopkins University. She joined the faculty at TMI in June 2017.

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