Maret’s overarching goals for curriculum and faculty are clearly articulated in the 2007 Strategic Plan: Framework for the Future.
Director of Academic Affairs Kathy Sweeney-Hammond and the Board
Education Committee led the effort to create a dynamic professional
development program that would have a far-reaching impact on the
curriculum and provide faculty with increased compensation and time to
collaborate, create, improve their courses and teaching methods. Modeled
in part on The Park School in Baltimore’s FACA program, the Case
Institute for Curricular Innovation and Excellence was designed
specifically to optimize the energy, talent, and culture of Maret’s
faculty. The model, however, is one that can be successfully replicated
at other schools and we welcome the opportunity to discuss this program
with any and all educators.
The Institute was launched in the summer of 2008 with 5 projects and
21 teachers, funded by seed money from a few donors, including a faculty
member and a 2009 grant from The Edward E. Ford Foundation. In 2010,
with a lead matching challenge gift from Steve and Jean Case, the School
was able to raise the needed endowment to fully fund this program,
thanks to the generosity of several members of the Maret community.