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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.
Every practice, every game, and every season is a journey. Part of that journey for our Boys Varsity Basketball team — going into the NYSAIS finals and then on to the post-season New York State Federation Tournament of Champions semi-finals in Albany — was captured by leading New York City media.

You may have already read our own recently penned piece about the team’s impressive, heartfelt win of the NYSAIS-championship title two years in a row. The Amsterdam News took that story and ran with it, highlighting Dwight’s Athletic Center in East Harlem, which became the team’s home base, as one among several factors for the Lions’ success over the last two years.

The paper quoted Coach Dave Brown ’97: “Having a state-of-the-art athletic center and home court to practice and compete on is great for the team — great for skill development, team-building, and school spirit. All-around, it’s a world-class facility.” Check out what else Coach Brown, and senior players Jeremy Bonifacio and Rodrigue Marthone, had to say here.

The New York Daily News also covered Dwight’s path in a pre-Tournament story. The excitement was palpable, as the Coach and seniors shared their perspectives going into Albany’s match-up with “New York’s hometown newspaper.” Read it here!

While the Lions played a very close post-season game — losing by only one point — they finished the season as proud State champions for the second year in a row!

To round out the coverage, we asked Coach Brown for his final thoughts:

How would you sum up the 2014-15 season? “This season was a great success for our team. Our seniors went out as champions and carried forward the new-found tradition that last year’s class began. They also helped to re-establish Dwight as a power in New York City basketball. This class is likely to be remembered not only for what they did on the court in high school, but also for what they will likely do in college.”

What do you look forward to next year? “Hopefully, we will have a third run as State champions. Right now, it is easy to forecast one or maybe two starters for the team, while the rest of the boys will be competing over the winter to play. It will be exciting to see which players want to be part of something special and put in the work required over the next six to nine months. What I really look forward to is challenging those players who worked during the off-seasons to compete at the same level — or even a higher one — than this year’s team. Each year, we begin another journey.”
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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