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Faculty Summer Sabbaticals

King faculty summer sabbatical provides funding to support teachers who wish to explore subjects and ideas and develop their knowledge and expertise in a manner that will positively impact the work that they do with students here at King.

Summer sabbaticals are intended to ease the financial commitment that is generally associated with this sort of summer enterprise. Each summer sabbatical consists of a one-time grant of $3,500, awarded in late May or early June, to be used for work that summer. Sabbatical proposals are not meant to include requests for graduate study courses or clearly defined Professional Growth and Development (PG&D) workshops and conferences. The school has separate funding for programs of this sort. Summer sabbaticals can consist of a wide variety of activities, including but not limited to travel to a remote location associated with the faculty members desired area of growth, in-depth research that required devoted attention and time away from one’s day to day affairs, or an opportunity to reflect upon their practice in a longer-term disciplined way.

In order to apply for a King Faculty Summer Sabbatical, you must have completed three consecutive years of employment at King. Preference will be given to teachers with extensive experience in schools – here and elsewhere. A teacher who is awarded a summer sabbatical must wait at least four years before applying for a second time. Applicants must be full-time King educators – in good standing. A sabbatical recipient must be contracted for employment at King for the upcoming school year. A committee, consisting of the Head of School, the Director of DEI, and members of the Professional Growth and Development Committee, will review applications. A maximum of three sabbaticals will be awarded annually.

Recipients will not be required to submit receipts detailing the spending of this grant money. Recipients will be granted the stipend, and will then be in a position to plan their experience and spend in a manner consistent with the details of their proposal. This will be considered taxable income rather than reimbursable expenses.

A teacher who is awarded a King Summer Sabbatical will be asked to give a 10-15 minute presentation, which will be open to the entire faculty. In addition to this presentation, recipients will be asked to write a clear, two or three-page written summary of the experience. This will be submitted to the Head of School, before the end of September. If a sabbatical recipient does not complete the activities detailed in the application, the award will be returned to the school. 

There is a fourth summer sabbatical awarded annually: The Patricia McDermott Summer Grant for King Faculty. This is a $4,500 grant, and it will be awarded at graduation. The strongest application will be awarded this sabbatical.

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