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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 City 

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.
Returning to her home city of Melbourne, Australia, Head of Dwight School Dianne Drew was on familiar turf when she joined a panel of international education leaders for the inaugural conference of The Centre for Educational Enterprise (CEE). The CEE, which is based at Melbourne Girls Grammar School, is spearheaded by women.

Entitled “Future Fusion: The Confluence of Health and Education,” the conference brought together internationally recognized players in both fields to create a continuum of practice between the two, and to identify innovations and technologies that can transform health and education services on an international level for the future.

As head of an innovative international school, Ms. Drew was part of a lively discussion about innovative schools and student well-being under the umbrella topic of “What’s trending for young people — and are we up to the challenge?” She shared Dwight’s unique international experience as a global network of schools and the IB perspective of seeing all attributes of a student holistically as the key to a child’s success.

“It was a privilege for me to represent the innovative work our school excels in — from in-depth advisory and like-skills programming, to cross-campus global connectivity and personalized learning opportunities,” says Ms. Drew. “Fellow educators are eager to see what American and international schools are focusing on to meet the challenges our youth present to us, particularly in the tech-dominated society in which they are growing up. I was equally eager to hear what other schools are doing to address this need and proud to acknowledge that Dwight pushes the boundaries of conventional thinking to meet students at all the various levels they require. Flexibility, resiliency, and the ability to listen as educators — really listen to students — are what our youth today demand, and Dwight certainly has exceptional faculty that provide that day in and day out.”

As Dwight continues to be a prominent force in global education and with her recent appointment on the IB Heads Council, our Head of School is being invited more and more to present at a variety of educational conferences and workshops both here in the United States and around the world.
“The future belongs to youth. Why not empower students to help us find solutions to global issues?” Why not, indeed. Such was impetus behind the founding of the Global Issues Network (GIN) and its first conference in 2006. Since that time, GIN has attracted students from around the world in increasing numbers — including Dwight students, serving as global leaders — to share ideas and develop solutions to some of our world’s most pressing issues.

This year’s Dwight GIN Team was no different. They traveled to Milan, Italy, to attend the tenth annual conference entitled “Tackling Global Issues with Energy, Passion and Innovation.” Our students participated in lively sessions, heard from guest speakers, shared action plans — igniting new ideas — and gave inspiring and well-received presentations as global citizens.

Daniil Frants ’17 spoke about Dwight’s new Spark of Innovation Program and his plans to use technology to raise awareness of global issues. He also joined Zoe Vorisek ’16, Ilan Pesselev ’18, and Zaria Howell ’18 to discuss issues related to water shortages and the lack of clean water in the majority of undeveloped countries. They posed the question: Have we thought about how our disregard of efforts to conserve water could be detrimental to us in the future?

Dwight’s team engaged the audience in animated discussion that addressed this question from scientific, political, and environmental standpoints to deepen understanding and offered a plethora of well-thought-out solutions to the problem.

Continuing the focus on technology during the conference, Lillian Chu ’16, Changsik Moon ’17, Finnigan Grollo ’17, and Daniel Elahi ’18 led participants in an intensely debated and impressive discussion around questions such as: Is excessive dependency on technology good? How can we avoid the negative impacts of technology? How can we use technology to further our development as a society and to make our world a better place? Does technology guarantee a peaceful, sustainable world? These are certainly BIG questions that require the best young minds to help answer them.

We’re proud of each and every member of Dwight’s GIN team for representing our School with such thoughtfulness, international-mindedness, and enthusiasm. Thanks to all for your hard work, commitment, and innovative ideas — you rock!
Dwight athletic teams had much to celebrate this winter! With the state-of-the-art Dwight School Athletic Center as their training ground, our proud Lions met challenging opponents and situations with spirit and determination. Here's a round-up of the past season, which was filled with great Lion pride:

In only its second year of existence, our Dwight Sea Lions co-ed Varsity swim team made a big splash! The majority of grade 7 and 8 swimmers qualified for Varsity meets and helped the Sea Lions compete in the ACIS league championships anchored by seniors Lotte Paulis and Julius Trippen.

Our basketball teams all performed well and had great success on the court. Grades 7 and 8 boys and girls teams competed as members of the ISAL, while learning fresh styles of play under the direction of their new coaches. The Boys JV Team finished in third place in the tough ACIS conference and advanced to the semifinals of their league tournament.

After four seniors graduated last season, our Girls Varsity Basketball Team was in rebuilding mode. With a majority of underclassmen competing for minutes on the court, Dwight Lady Lions showed they had game in this season's highlight match-up against ACIS league champions Berkeley Carroll: They walked away with an overtime victory of 62-61. Sweet!

Finally, the Boys Varsity Basketball Team defended — and reclaimed — the NYSAIS Division B Championship title, triumphing over Collegiate. In addition, seniors Rodrigue Marthone and Jeremy Bonifacio reached new heights in their high school careers, each marking their 1,000-point milestones this year. During the post-season, the Lions ventured to Albany for the 2015 Federation Tournament of Champions, where they competed in the semi-finals.

We're proud of all our scholar-athletes, and as we look forward to an exciting spring season, we hope to see you cheering from the stands!
Founded in 1872 and located in New York City, Dwight is a leading private international school. The first school in the Americas to offer all four International Baccalaureate programs

for students in preschool through grade 12, Dwight is dedicated to igniting the spark of genius in every child.
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