Beginning Teacher Institute

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

St. Mark's School, Southborough, MA
8:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.


  • Registration, Networking and Breakfast: 8:15 - 9:00 a.m.
  • Welcome: Becky Biggs, AISNE: 9:00 a.m.
  • Morning Program with Shalini Rao: 9:00 - 10:45 a.m.
  • Break: 10:45 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Morning Program with Carla Pugliese: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Networking Lunch: 12:00 - 12:45 p.m.
  • Afternoon Program with Mentor Teachers: 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
  • Group Share and Debrief: 2:15 - 2:45 p.m.
  • Closing Content Presented by AISNE Corporate Partner, TIAA: 2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
  • Farewell: 3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Register Here

Morning Program

with Shalini Rao

The day will open providing new teachers guidance and support to help achieve greater success in your teaching career. Applicable for elementary, middle and secondary level teachers, this program is designed to provide opportunities to discuss relevant and practical strategies for month one through to month ten.

Enjoy ample time for structured group and individual reflection on the start of the school year and conversations about moving forward. Topics covered will include: classroom management, lesson planning, organization and parent communications.

Beginner’s Mind, Cultivating Confidence, and Moving Beyond Fake-It-Til-You-Make-It
with Carla Pugliese

Self-efficacy is a buzzy word in education, and with good reason. Helping our students achieve trust in their own abilities and the confidence to problem solve is paramount to the teaching practice. But what about our own self-efficacy? How do we develop confidence as teachers and own our professional development as an essential and on-going process – especially when it might feel like we’re treading water in the deep end and all eyes are on us? Most importantly, how do we do it without losing authenticity or feeling like we have to pretend? In this hour, we’ll practice cultivating strategies, habits and mindsets that allow you to embrace continuous growth without shame.

Essential Questions:

  • Where do I derive my confidence from, in the classroom?
  • Am I affording myself the same supports I extend to my students? Am I holding myself to the same standards?
  • What have I not mastered...yet?

Afternoon Program

Beginner Teachers are matched with Mentor Teachers, where possible by classroom subject matter concentration, for a vibrant afternoon facilitated by Shalini Rao and Carol Pugliese.

About Our Facilitators

Shalini Rao is Director of Teaching and Learning at The Fessenden School in Newton, MA. Shalini joined Fessenden in 2017 from The Park School where she taught in its Middle Division for eight years. As Director of Teaching and Learning at Fessenden, she oversees Fessenden’s curriculum and assessment in grades Pre-K-9 and provides instructional coaching to faculty. Shalini has over ten years of teaching experience and has worked to develop curricula through a lens of diversity, equity and inclusion. Shalini earned both her bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in education from the University of Connecticut.

Carla Pugliese is committed to building schools that foster self-efficacy, belonging, and joy. Her experience as a middle and high school teacher, middle school administrator, and social-emotional learning specialist, as well as her studies in mediation, meditation, and mindfulness, led her to build Beyond Delta Learning Group and develop the Beyond Delta method as a way to bring social-emotional skills to bear on vital – and often difficult – institutional, societal, and cultural initiatives. She is an alumna of Stanford University and Columbia University’s Teacher’s College.