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Cavallini Attends Summer Institute

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Southern Pines – O’Neal Upper School English Teacher Jackie Cavallini received a fellowship to attend the Summer Institute for Early Career Teachers where she participated in a two-week intense curriculum with 71 other independent school teachers. The institute is hosted by the Klingenstein Center Teachers College of Columbia University. The program takes place on the Lawrenceville campus in New Jersey. The Klingenstein family has a foundation that works with Columbia University to develop independent school teachers.

Four graduate credits are earned while also learning from top Columbia University professors, master teachers and fellow educators. Daily whole group sessions cover current issues in education such as diversity and cognitive science. Curriculum groups meet daily with master teachers in their subject area. Through examination of standards, curriculum and assessments are developed that participants can use themselves.

“It was a life-changing experience,” says Mrs. Cavallini. “I learned so much and got to meet some incredible people.”

Fellowship applicants must have 2 to 5 years full time teaching experience and be teaching in an independent or international school at the time of application. Applicants must also have a bachelor’s degree at an accredited college or university.

An independent, college preparatory school for pre-kindergarten age 3 through grade 12, The O’Neal School is dedicated to the development of academic excellence, strength of character, and physical well-being of its students. O’Neal prides itself on having 100% of its graduates receive acceptances to colleges and universities throughout the nation.  The School is currently accepting enrollment applications for the 2017-2018 school year. For more information, contact Olivia Webb, director of admissions at (910) 692-6920 or go to




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