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Participate in the first Edcamp devoted to teaching and learning in the IB! 

When: Saturday, April 18, 2015, from 9 am (registration opens) to 2 pm
Where: Dwight School, 18 West 89th Street, New York, New York 

After the last session, we will continue to connect at a separate location in the neighborhood. 

EdCamp IB is a free unconference dedicated to all four programs of the International Baccalaureate. Whether you teach the littlest learners in the PYP or older students in the MYP, DP, and CP, EdCamp IB is an opportunity to share the best of IB education with fellow teachers.

While EdCamp IB will focus on IB education, this event is open to all educators who would like to learn with us.

What makes Edcamp an unconference? Unlike traditional conferences, which have pre-set speakers and schedules, Edcamp has an agenda that’s created by the participants at the start of the event. Instead of one person standing in front of the room talking for an hour, people are encouraged to have discussions and hands-on sessions.

Built on principles of connected and participatory learning, Edcamp strives to bring teachers together to talk about the things that matter most to them: their interests, passions, and questions. Teachers who attend Edcamp can choose to lead sessions on those things that matter, with an expectation that the people in the room will work together to build understanding by sharing their own knowledge and questions.

Edcamps are:
  • free 
  • non-commercial and conducted with a vendor-free presence 
  • hosted by any organization interested in furthering the Edcamp mission 
  • made up of sessions that are determined on the day of the event 
  • events where anyone who attends can be a presenter 
  • reliant on the “law of two feet” that encourages participants to find a session that meets their needs 

Don't miss this opportunity to share your insights and experiences with other educators in a collaborative and energetic environment. Share your best practices, participate, and further shape young minds of the future!

For more information, click here and to register, click here.
It was the brainchild of one Dwight student. It became a collaboration across four Dwight School campuses. And it showcases 80 pieces of original art: Dwight’s “20x20” traveling art exhibit, which is currently on display in our Quad.

Last winter, Jin Hanbyul Lee ’16 of Dwight School Seoul had an idea to spark a global conversation and unite our network of schools in an exciting and creative project. He invited students in grades 6-12 from New York, London, Vancouver Island, and from his home campus in Seoul to participate in what would become a thought-provoking exhibit that has since journeyed around the world.

Working on this cross-campus collaboration with his mentor, Visual Arts teacher Carlos Noguera, Jin chose a broad but probing theme and posed the question, “How do you see the world?” Encouraging students “to consider environmental and social challenges in our society today,” they answered the query through art.

With no limits placed on creativity, but a few logistical considerations in mind, each piece would have to be the same size ― 20x20 inches ― and capable of being shipped flat in just one package that would make its way from school to school.

As the call to participate spread across Dwight campuses, a flourish of artistic activity ensued. Students were eager to share their creative sparks of genius. Each school contributed 20 multimedia works of art showcasing a wealth of collective talent and intriguing individual perspectives.

With 80 different answers to the same question, the artwork reflects a range from optimism to cynicism, through hopeful images of a peaceful world to anguished images of a world at risk. Views of land, city, and sea are interspersed with flights of fantasy. Creatures and animals, real and imaginary, are seen alongside self-portraits of artists, peering thoughtfully from their canvases, representing that essential truth: We all see the world in our own way.

The riveting exhibit debuted in the Spahn gallery at Dwight School Seoul and made its way to London for leg two. Now in New York, the art will arrive at its final destination in Canada this spring.

One of the New York students who contributed and whose spark of genius is art, Rebekka Christophersen ’15, shares her thoughts, “I grew up between Oslo, Jerusalem, Beirut, and New York, so I was excited by the idea of participating in an art project connecting Dwight students who study around the world. I also enjoyed the idea that each piece would be the same size, meaning all students had the same starting point from which they could express themselves. This is a brilliant way of presenting the unique nuances of every individual as well as our common human experiences.”

Rebekka explains how she developed her piece: “The first image that came to my mind when considering the question, ‘How do you see the world?’, was of the people I surround myself with. Considering my current New York environment, these people materialized into portraits of my closest New York City friends. I find encouragement and inspiration in their warmth, wisdom, and various strengths. I drew their heads hovering above the Brooklyn Bridge, since Williamsburg was where we first bonded over common music interests. I think people, particularly youth, are the most significant resource in battling societal challenges, so in this piece I am bringing this to light.

We want to thank Rebekka and all the students whose work appears in the 20x20 exhibit. Also, we want to give kudos to Jin for his imagination and leadership ― and a special tip of our hat to him for his wonderful performance at our all-campus Carnegie Hall concert last month. A member of the Seoul Chamber Ensemble, he played a violin solo, demonstrating that he is, indeed, multi-talented!

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The game was dramatic. The stakes were high. The outcome victorious. As Director of Athletics Jason Coy called it for us, “Down 13-5 after the first quarter of the NYSAIS Division B finals against Collegiate, Dwight came out in the second as the aggressor and the team fought its way back into the game with great defense and a steady offense. At halftime, the score was Dwight 24-Collegiate 21.” This was where things stood mid-afternoon on March 1, when the Dwight Lions were defending their league crown against the number-two team in the league.

Now back in the game, our Varsity Boys Basketball team started the second half, as Mr. Coy continues, “with defensive pressure from senior Rodrigue Marthone, Jr. and eighth-grader Dajuan Piper, their opponents were never allowed to find a rhythm. The fast pace led to a few run outs and easy buckets. Jeremy Bonifacio ’15 protected the rim, while Felipe D’Andrea ’16 and Marcus Klotz ’15 each grabbed a few offense rebounds to keep the possession with our ‘Boys in Blue.’ The final four minutes hovered around a one possession game until Rodrigo D’Andrea ’16 drove the baseline and finished to push the lead up to five. After Collegiate scored four unanswered points, they were forced to foul Rodrigue for a one and one inside the final 30 seconds. Rodrigue tickled the nylon twice to set up a dramatic last possession and a desperate three-point attempt by Collegiate to go for the tie. Their shot fell short and Dwight was fouled. Two free throws later, the buzzer sounded…Dwight 49-Collegiate 44. Back-to-back State champs!” AMAZING!

Dwight entered the finals, following a showing at the semi-finals two days earlier that was nothing short of a “Cinderella story.” After losing three times this year to the number-one team in the league, Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, fourth-ranked Dwight showed grit and determination to defeat this juggernaut opponent 59-48, representing the best of Dwight.

Coach Dave Brown ’97, who also led the team to victory in the NYSAIS championships last year, reports, “The team triumphed over Léman because the players believed in one another and performed beautifully. It was a special game and they played with more heart than I have ever seen in my 16 years of high school and college coaching.”

One Goliath (Léman) down. One more (Collegiate) to win a second-straight league championships. Coach Brown takes the story home, “The players’ commitment to defense prevented Collegiate from advancing. Any time a team plays against a team such as theirs, ranked among the most prepared in the City, you have to be better prepared to win. And to win after a slow start, you have to play the best basketball possible for the last two and a half quarters. Our team did just that.”

Now that’s what we call March Madness! Congratulations to everyone!

Dwight’s 2015 NYSAIS-winning Boys Varsity Basketball team takes its place in a long and proud tradition of basketball excellence, beginning with former Headmaster Dr. M.C. Spahn. He was an All-American at CCNY and then a professional in the American Basketball League in the 1930s before retiring from the game. His son, Chancellor Stephen Spahn, was an All-American at Dartmouth College, where he established several scoring records. His commitment to nurturing scholar-athletes and vision paved the way for our new Dwight School Athletic Center, which has been home court to our proud Dwight Lions for the last two years. Check it out here!
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