Dwight-Englewood School is expanding its engagement in the community and demonstrating its leadership as a mission-centric institution by promoting life-long learning through a program called D-E 360 ̊. D-E 360 ̊was conceived to provide classes, workshops, and innovative avenues for learning beyond the school day for children, educators, and adult learners who may or may not already be a part of the D-E School community.
Dwight-Englewood 360 ̊ has offered some interesting and innovative learning experiences in recent months. The program was initially introduced as the D-E Learning & Teaching Academy (DELTA) in the fall of 2013, and in the spring of 2015 it was re-launched and expanded to integrate Summer Connections, weekend Youth Enrichment, and all Lower School after-care programs. It continues to evolve and grow. A recent offering was a “makerspace” workshop for educators interested in using emerging technologies and platforms for teaching, presented by Director of Technology Trevor Shaw.
Other youth-targeted programs included a Narrative Performance Lab with visiting artist and D-E alumna Sabrina Peck ’80; Young Visionaries; a Master Class Seminar for Violin and Cello; and a Shark Tank for Kids workshop series. The Master Class featured violinist Susie Park (see photo) and cellist Julia Bruskin, and culminated in a collaborative performance with the more than 25 student musicians representing D-E, Elisabeth Morrow School, and the Bergen Academies. The Shark Tank program was specifically designed to help students think like entrepreneurs. Students in grades 6–9 were able to learn the “how to’s” of starting their own business, from understanding the basic fundamentals of business to following and creating a business plan. The students’ entire process was thoughtfully guided by Michael Williams, founder, CEO, and president of Voiptell One Communications, a server and network integration company. The class culminated with students giving formal presentations to an expert panel, in some cases sharing actual prototypes of proposed products and impressive multi-media demonstrations. Afterwards, during a celebratory reception, one young entrepreneur commented, “I was nervous about presenting my idea, but once I began, I relaxed. After answering some of their questions, it was very exciting to be given encouragement by these professionals. I learned so much from pulling together my product from the ground up.”