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Stretching across three continents, five Dwight Schools educate 2,000 students in New York, London, Seoul, Shanghai, and on Vancouver Island.  We share the same singular commitment to igniting the spark of genius in every child, so that no matter where in the world students attend Dwight, they are inspired to find their passions and excel in their own unique ways.  Being part of a global network enhances opportunities for students to do so, as demonstrated by three seniors who recently traveled to our new Shanghai Qibao Dwight High School. They were inspired to contribute personally to the burgeoning school community and together, they designed a means to introduce their peers in China to the International Baccalaureate’s CAS (Creativity, Action, and Service) program. This trip, as you can read here, was mutually enriching for all.

Journeys like this are but one of innumerable benefits students reap as part of a global network. They also participate in grade-wide exchange programs, curricular collaborations, leadership conferences, online learning, athletic competitions, and cross-campus concerts and traveling art exhibits. With ever-advancing technologies, there is no limit to how students can connect, share ideas, and develop innovative solutions to global challenges. In Dwight’s network of IB World Schools, students have the added benefit of learning a universal curriculum, providing countless opportunities for them to work and learn together on common units of inquiry across date and time zones.

The IB was founded to develop students to be internationally minded, sensitive to other cultures and perspectives, proficient in several languages, and critical thinkers who can help make our world a better place. It provides the ideal framework for creating today’s global citizens, who will become tomorrow’s agile, highly desirable job candidates poised for success in our increasingly competitive global marketplace.

The advantages of being part of a global network extend well beyond commencement. Dwight alumni around the world provide professional support to fellow graduates, mentor students, and connect socially in ways that bind those who share a common educational experience together for a lifetime.

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Dwight alum Djelloul Marbrook '51 recently dedicated his third volume of poetry to George B. Donus, former Assistant Headmaster at Dwight, and David L. O’Melia, his classmate. Click here to view the promotional trailer. 
Fifth graders were visited by United Nations Program Officer Alec Wargo this morning, who contributed to their current unit of inquiry into "Sharing the Planet." The central idea surrounding this unit is: "Children worldwide encounter a range of challenges, risks, and opportunities."

Officer Wargo discussed how non-governmental organizations, such as the United Nations, help keep the peace in conflict-ridden nations. His work is specifically related to stopping child warfare and conflict in countries around the world. The students also connected through a short film highlighting the United Nation's work.
Dwight teachers are dedicated to personalized learning and to helping students understand and master a wide range of subjects in the vigorous IB curriculum. What’s the secret to doing so and to connecting with students in one of the most rigorous and challenging of courses?

For Upper School chemistry teacher Jennifer Barnett, her own spark of genius provides the winning formula: “As a lifelong dance student, I never forget what it feels like to be confused in a class or to be shy about asking a question,” she explains. “My experiences as a student of dance help me to be more empathetic to my own students’ needs.”

Ms. Barnett has been dancing since preschool, first focusing on tap, and most recently, on vintage swing, like the Charleston, the Lindy Hop, and the Balboa. She competes several times a year and is a past winner of the Canadian Balboa Championships and the New York City Balboa Championships, among other titles.

Ms. Barnett points to lessons learned from dancing as integral to her success as a teacher. “A big lesson of teaching and learning swing dancing is that there is only so much students can learn when they see and hear instruction — they need to ‘do’ to be able to really learn the material,” she says. “Less time talking and more time ‘doing’ brings better results. This applies to science as well as to the more obvious case of dancing.”

A visit to Ms. Barnett’s classroom shows that she takes these lessons to heart by designing innovative, hands-on experiments for students with equipment such as the Vernier pH probe, which tracks the change in acidity in a solution as a reaction progresses, and logs the data automatically in graphical form. Ms. Barnett also sees her interest in dance as a key way to relate to her students, sharing, “It’s a nice bonding experience to hear about my students’ activities, like drama or sports, and for them to hear about mine.” Understanding who her students are inside and outside of the classroom helps Ms. Barnett best tailor each lesson to their unique personalities and learning styles.

“I always have some goal I’m working toward on the dance floor and in the classroom,” she shares. “I love that both dancing and teaching give me infinite room to continuously learn and grow.” We congratulate Ms. Barnett for bringing the “right moves” to Dwight!
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