Bancroft teachers practice what they preach by participating in a range of professional development activities on and off campus, in the summer, on weekends, and during the school year. They role model learning for their students by taking risks themselves; by constantly exploring cutting-edge applications of technology; by experimenting with state-of-the art pedagogical practices; and by participating in workshops on Global Education, just to name a few.
Fargo-Gauthier grants are available for teachers to pursue summer study related to their areas of responsibility at Bancroft and to their scholarly interests. These grants were established in 1988 as a tribute to Bronson Fargo, a former Trustee of Bancroft, and Edgar Gauthier, a former teacher, and Assistant Head of School. Through Fargo-Gauthier our scientists trace Darwin's route on the Galapagos Islands; our art teachers display digital photographs in galleries; our English teachers take part in workshops with poets and fiction writers; our foreign language teachers travel across the world; our music teachers perform and conduct; our History teachers examine Civil War battlefields; our math teachers go to San Francisco to study the curve of the Golden Gate Bridge's suspension cables.
This active commitment to honing professional craft transfers to students as they reach their own academic and personal potentials. Indeed, lifelong learning represents a cornerstone of the Bancroft community.