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With five decades of experience as an educator and mentor, Chancellor Stephen Spahn has a wealth of experience and insights to share. As the longest-serving leader of an independent school in New York City — and Chancellor of The Dwight Schools, our global network of campuses that spans three continents and dates back over 40 years — he is highly regarded worldwide for his expertise. Also a former Board member of the International Baccalaureate, Chancellor Spahn is often called upon to participate in shaping the future of the IB.

Now, with the launch of his monthly blog, he looks forward to sharing his perspective and impressions on a range of educational topics of interest. These will include insights into some of Dwight's proud traditions, expectations for innovation, thoughts about what's happening in the world of the IB, and more. We invite you to read the first post here, join in with comments, share it with your friends and family, and come back again!
Yesterday, our third grade students held a panel discussion with adults on several different career paths, both internally and externally at Dwight. The discussion supplemented their "Sharing the Planet" unit of inquiry, touching upon the way conflict affects relationships, decisions, and actions. Head of Lower School, Ms. Hirschman, Associate Head of Lower School, Mr. Posner, School Counselor, Mr. Haber, and Ms. Saraf, a lawyer from the community, shared strategies that they use regularly to help manage conflict in their respective lines of work. The third graders learned to "put their heads together" to compromise, "respect decisions and move on" at the end of a conflict, and apologize "without 'but's.'" This proved to be quite the educational experience for our bright students to see first-hand the way these community role models foster success, and limit conflict, on a daily basis.
Last week, at our Timothy House Back to School Night, Head of Lower School Martha Hirschman shared a worthwhile read from The New York Times. The article addresses the topic of homework with experts weighing in, offering useful advice on the most beneficial ways to go about completing daily assignments, including the best locations to utilize for maximizing learning and quality of work. Read the full article here.
A couple weeks ago, our fourth grade classes took a mind-opening trip to the Rubin Museum of Art, actively participating in a program centered around Buddha. They maximized their learning by curiously listening to stories about the history of Buddha, and took a deeper look into the main tenets of Buddhism by looking closely at paintings and sculptures.
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