Dwight School was recognized as an education leader and innovator at the recent IB Conference of the Americas held in Washington, D.C., on July 9–13.
As part of her keynote speech, IB Director General Dr. Siva Kumari cited Dwight as not only being the first IB school to offer all four of the IB programs (for students ages 3–18), but also as excelling in the quality of each of the four programs. "The vision and leadership of Chancellor Spahn," Dr. Kumari said, "is what has made possible the growth of the IB program at Dwight. His and the School’s commitment to the educational philosophy of 'igniting the spark of genius in every child' should be an example and guide to all IB schools."
Dr. Kumari also commended Dwight’s community and leadership programs, specifically the Institute for Civic Leadership (ICL), an organization that provides world-class leadership training to both Dwight students and IB students from all over the world.
Dr. Kumari went on to recognize Dwight as an innovator in championing the International Baccalaureate Career Related Certificate (IBCC) program through its digital media program and she expressed her anticipation of the launch of Dwight Relativity, a media film program beginning this fall.
"Dwight has always been on the cutting edge of educational trends," said Chancellor Spahn. "The IBCC and Dwight Relativity are two important initiatives in that they both speak to the future of where education is headed and the access students and families have to educational resources and opportunities. For example, Relativity’s hybrid model of online and in-class offerings will allow those students with strong interest in film to not only immerse themselves in the industry to but to fast track them into a career that they are passionate about."
Dwight was quite literally in the spotlight once again when, for the closing performance of the opening night of the conference, Dwight parent and self-proclaimed ‘super IB parent’ Keith “Wild Child” Middleton of STOMP fame, performed a rousing dance routine to the hit song “Happy,” by Pharrell. The crowd of 1,600 roared and leapt to their feet as Middleton brought out his two sons, Kallil '18 and Kassim, to perform with him. Their energetic dancing and clapping created a positive, uplifting atmosphere and captured the spirit of innovation and creativity that marked the conference.