CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Dozens of students from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education are taking part in teaching workshops at an independent school in Charlottesville.

St. Anne's-Belfield School hosted the group of fellows, along with faculty from the university and other independent schools around the country.

They are participating in workshops to learn more about handling controversial topics in the classroom, teaching religion and helping struggling students.

“New teachers get to see different school cultures, and different school campuses to get a sense of how while we're all independent schools, each of us have our own school culture,” said Beth Miller, Associate Head of School for Academics at St. Anne's-Belfield.

Workshops will continue throughout the weekend, as students prepare to share some of their work with veteran faculty members from other participating schools.