DELTA Courses 2015 – Enroll Now!

Launched in the fall of 2013, the Dwight-Englewood Learning and Teaching Annex (DELTA) is one of four divisions of Dwight-Englewood School offering open-enrollment courses for enrichment, advancement, or credit. Courses are designed to be multi-disciplinary in nature offering learning across a variety of disciplines for different age groups (including adults).

For its first winter season, DELTA is offering four classes for students while adults have an Ethics workshop offering. One prime example of the multi-disciplinary aspect of DELTA is the Young Visionaries art and architecture course taught by D-E Visual Arts faculty member Rachel Brusky. As its title implies, students will cultivate a design sense by conceptualizing buildings – from its shape to its aesthetic and meaning. According to Mrs. Brusky, “the class is interdisciplinary by nature and could tie in with many subjects, including math (proportion, geometry, measurements), science (sustainability), history (how architecture reflects the people and beliefs of a culture), and art (visual thinking skills and art making techniques). Additionally, subjects of personal interest can be tied in through their choice of buildings and inspiration for each project.”

Below are the brief descriptions for the five courses. Registration will be accepted on a rolling basis now through December 19, 2014.

Architecture & Design: Young Visionaries with Rachel Brusky
In this course, students in grades 5-8 will create a portfolio of drawings, mixed-media works, and architectural models as a way of developing an understanding of various concepts in art, architecture, and design. This portfolio of works will also show evidence of problem solving and critical thinking, creativity and innovation, and collaboration with classmates. Click here for additional information and to register.

Stop-Motion Animation with Marisol Diaz
Students in grades 9-12 will expand on the fine art palette by creating their own original stop-motion animation or a series of short ones. In addition, they will create a collaborative animation in which students partner-compose. Click here for additional information and to register.

Dance and Choreography: Generating Movement with Dana Butler ’07
The course should prove to be fun as students in grades 5-8 learn how to produce a show and stage their individual pieces; critique each other’s work; research works of a given choreographer; discuss and analyze potential movement options; and then present their work to an outside audience at the conclusion of the course. Click here for additional information and to register.

Entrepreneurship: Shark Tank for Kids with Michael Williams
This enrichment class designed to help students in grades 6-8 think like young entrepreneurs who will explore the “How To’s” of starting their own business – from understanding the basic fundamentals to following and creating a business plan. Students will also create a start-up company from their business plan. Click here for additional information and to register.

These four DELTA winter courses for students in grades 5-12 are offered on Tuesdays from 4-6 PM. Classes run from January 6 to March 10. The fee for DELTA courses is $525.

 

Winter Strings MasterClass for Violin and Cello with Violinist Susie Park and Cellist Julia Bruskin
On February 23, 2015, the Winter 2015 Strings MasterClass – under the direction of Strings Director Annaliesa Place and Orchestra Conductor Diego Garcia – will feature violinist Susie Park and cellist Julia Bruskin. Both visiting artists represent the finest level of performance and music instruction. A native of Sydney, Australia, Miss Park first picked up the violin at the age of three, making her solo recital debut at the age of five. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the Curtis Institute of Music and an Artist Diploma at the New England Conservatory. Julia Bruskin completed the five-year double degree program at Julliard and Columbia University and is on faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College.

Open to violinists and cellists ages 12-18. Application deadline is January 9, 2015. Auditions take place January 26 or January 27, 2015, from 4:30-7:30 PM ($75 Audition Fee). Click here for additional information and to register.

Winter 2015 Ethics Workshop: From Gut Reaction to Ethical Thinking
This is a terrific opportunity for adult learners interested in exploring applied ethics through Dwight-Englewood School’s DELTA Program. Over five Saturday mornings from January 31 to February 28, Ethics Chair Joseph Murphy will lead an interactive course aimed at thinking deeply about some of the moral questions of humanity.

The course will take place from 10 AM to 12 PM in the Ethics Classroom of Leggett Hall. Required Student Equipment is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – participants will need a computer or an e-reader of some kind to read documents used in the course. Please Note: This course will be video recorded to be used as a MOOC (a Massive Open Online Course).

There is a maximum capacity of 20 participants. For career teachers, a certificate for ten professional development hours will be distributed to each individual participant who completes the workshop. Click here for additional information and to register.

Career teachers looking for a more cultural offering can consider the Hall of Worthies (JipHyunJun) Workshop on Korean History and Culture, taking place this summer 2015. Building on the relationship with Sejong Cultural Education, Inc. with whom D-E has partnered for the past few summers on summer culture trips for students and faculty – the Hall of Worthies Workshop will provide educators with comprehensive and experiential knowledge to develop inclusive teaching methods that recognize the worthiness of every child.

This five-day summer seminar will be held July 20-24, 2015, and provide both scholastic and hands-on experiences of Korea. Past and present history, religion, philosophy, art, music, film, literature, economic and political development, and food will be woven into the lectures and presentations of prominent scholars, artists, authors, and community leaders. Teachers will create their own lessons and network in response to the Common Core needs of their subject areas. The workshop, for K-12 teachers in public and private schools, promises to be open-ended, providing participants with the opportunity to learn and share with one another. Participants will explore the following areas:

  • History and culture of traditional Korea
  • Relationship between modern Korea and the US
  • Rise of Korean political and economic power in the 21st century
  • Cross-cultural understanding of the diversity of the United States
  • Human rights issues associated with Korea’s past and present state

The five-day schedule, from July 20-24, 2015, begins at 8:30, with lunch at 11:30, and the day ends at 3:00.

Required Participant Equipment is BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) – registrants will need a computer or an e-reader of some kind to read documents used in the course. Please Note: This course will be video recorded to be used as a MOOC (a Massive Open Online Course).

The course is limited to 50 participants. Cost and registration is $525. For career teachers, a certificate for ten professional development hours will be distributed to each individual participant who completes the workshop.

Registration for this course will be accepted on a rolling basis through March 31, 2015Click here for additional information and to register.

Visit delta.d-e.org for more details on the upcoming courses. Questions about DELTA should be directed to DELTA Program Director Dr. Sherronda L. Brown at browns@d-e.org.

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