Multiple Projects – 11th Grade Service Learning Project Updates

It has been awhile since I have updated you with what has gone on with our Junior English classes. When we last left them, they were in the midst of planning and executing their Read-a-thon for the Kilimanjaro English Nursery School. Their goal was to raise$15,000 so that the school could provide a salary to “Teacher”, help purchase the land, and provide support to refurbish the buildings currently on-site. The juniors far exceeded their goal and have raised over $25,000 to support this project. In February, they had an opportunity to hear and meet Greg Mortenson himself, who was on […]

If you could pick a speaker, who would it be?

One of the members of our school’s Parent’s Association asked me if I could recommend a speaker that could speak to the group sometime next year. The group is looking for someone to speak on the concepts of globalization and parenting. I have a few thoughts, but I wanted to throw this out to the Internet at large. With the new tools, this person wouldn’t necessarily need to be on campus. We could set up a skype or elluminate session, which may actually be a neat way to go, since it would  show parents the power of the new tools. […]

How would you define what a World Citizen is in the next 3 – 5 years?

One of the questions that emerged in the strategic planning meeting that I participated in yesterday was how do you define what a Global Citizen is? I have added the time frame in the title, as this committee’s report is to help guide our school for the next three to five years. The head of our language department began to define, on our discussion board, that a world citizen is someone who: applies the same ethical standards to all human beings regardless of race, gender, religion, ethnicity, socioeconomics, and nationality. understands human differences as functions of genetics, history, culture, opportunity, […]

An Off-Campus Outing

Last Friday, I had the distinct privilege to be asked by our French 5 teacher to participate in a brainstorming session about a project that the class was beginning. Since it was a Friday, I got to go off campus to a local coffee house where the class meets to participate and help create an environment that will support their project. Lucky for me, that on this particular Friday, that the class rule, “en francias, si vous plate” was suspended, or else I would have been at an extreme disadvantage. For this project, the students are participating in a service […]

Life-Long Learning and a Test

Twice a year, the IT Directors and the Technology Coordinators in the Independent Schools of the Lake Michigan Area (LMAIS), whose membership is schools in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana, get together and meet. We hosted the last meeting in October and one of the items that we talked about was to create a workspace for other technology leaders in their schools to play around with. One of those spaces that we decided to test and try was ELGG. Chris Butera, the Director of Technology at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School offered to take the lead in this project. I […]