1. Middle School Enrichment (MSE)
  2. D-E Lower School Spooktacular
  3. Trick or Treat!
  4. “Purple Playground”
  5. Frost Valley
  6. Back-To-School Night
  7. NEW: D-E 360° presents Middle School Enrichment (MSE)!
  8. Introductions
  9. Welcome to the 2019 – 2020 school year
  10. Summer Connections 2019
  11. Make your summer sizzle: Moulin Rouge! On Broadway
  12. D-E 360° View – Summer Notes Edition 7/26/2019
  13. D-E 360° View – Summer Notes Edition 7/19/2019
  14. D-E 360° View – Summer Notes Edition 7/12/2019
  15. Nurse’s Office Update
  16. D-E 360° View – Summer Notes Edition 7/3/2019
  17. Eileen Feikens Appointed Dean of College Counseling
  18. D-E 360° View – Summer Notes Edition 6/28/2019
  19. Rock Out the Summer
  20. Second Grade Garden Store
  21. Village Project Construction Update – June 2019
  22. Summer Connections Countdown
  23. Discoveries & Adventures Open Doors to New Worlds
  24. Summer “Immersives” Provide Deep Dive Learning
  25. D-E 360° View: Summer Notes Edition
  26. Missing Health Forms?!
  27. An Alumni Profile: Aaron Dworkin ’93 
  28. Embracing Diversity
  29. Alumni Challenge: THANK YOU
  30. Class of 2018 “Gifts” New Patio
  31. Motherhood My Way: Becoming a Single Mother By Choice
  32. The Waiting Game: Finding Purpose in the Midst of Your Storms
  33. Cracked Open
  34. The Donald J. Trump Presidential Twitter Library
  35. “Feeling the Vibes”
  36. Seasonal Scenes
  37. Dwight-Englewood Honors
  38. League, County, & State Honors
  39. Winter Sports Highlights
  40. Faculty Endeavors
  41. LIVE at D-E
  42. David & Lisa Fall Play
  43. Swartley Series Showcases Alumni and Visiting Artists
  44. Appreciating the Arts
  45. String Society 2018
  46. STEM Institute 2018
  47. “LEARNING BOLDLY” with D-E 360° Summer Connections
  48. Legacy Families 2018-2019
  49. A Glorious Evening at Gloria Crest
  50. Bulldog Classic 2018 Highlights
  51. Reunion 2018
  53. Isabelle Pappas ’20
  54. Caroline Lee ’20
  55. Kenneth Yan ’19
  56. Lilly Trentacosta ’23
  57. Cameron Janssens ’19
  58. Riley Levine ’20
  59. Adia Guthrie ’21
  60. Allison “Ally” Raphael ’21
  61. Madison Gagnon ’19
  62. Linda Chen ’19
  63. Ryan Rodgers ’19
  64. Jordan McKoy ’19
  65. About the Village Project
  66. Middle School Construction: September 2018 – March 2019
  67. The Village Project: Middle School Building Construction Update (Beam Signing and Installation 4/12/2019)
  69. A Message from “Dr. D.”
  70. Join Us in July! Moulin Rouge on Broadway
  71. 2019-20 Volunteer Opportunities: Sign-Up Today!
  72. Exam and End-of-Year Schedule
  73. From Joe Algrant, US Principal
  74. “Resetting Your Parenting Patterns: a Workshop to Help Re-Build Healthy Parent/Child Relationships”
  75. Message from Jonathan Davis, MS Principal
  76. Change in the College Office
  77. Orientation to the Sixth Grade
  79. MLK Day: Food Drive (Still!) Underway
  80. “Tech Dependence: Turned On / Tuned Out” Feb. 21 Parent Ed. Evening Event with John Kriger
  81. Winter 2019 (date TBD): PA welcomes John Kriger, best-selling author, “Tuned On and Tuned Out”
  82. “PEP” Evening Event on Resilience/Self-Reliance
  83. Timothy Shoemaker, Substance Abuse Educator: Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
  84. Deborah Roffman Workshop Follow-Ups
  85. Commencement 2018
  86. Spirit Week 2017
  87. Jamming in the City
  88. Fifth Graders Explore “The Best Part of Me”
  89. Students Attend National Diversity Conference
  90. Lower Schoolers Explore the Story of the Hudson River and Their Role as Earth’s Stewards
  91. Middle School Explores “Humans of D-E”
  92. Grade 9 “Identity” Seminar
  93. D-E Marks MLK Day 2018
  94. Upper School Fall Teams Summary
  95. Middle School Fall Teams Summary
  96. Early Winter Athletics Team Standouts
  97. D-E Green/Sustainability Programs
  98. Chess Masters at Play with D-E 360° ACE (Aftercare & Enrichment)
  99. String Society Welcomes Project Trio to Summer 2018 Program
  100. Arts Highlights Winter 2017
  101. Swartley Gallery Welcomes Artists Springer, Stein, and D-E Alumna Giancarlo ’10
  102. Romeo and Juliet: A Shakespeare Classic Set in Hajjar STEM Center
  103. Artistic Faculty Endeavors
  104. Myrna B. Sherman Gym Dedication
  105. ESB ’65
  106. Alumni and Community Happenings
  107. The Mapmaker’s Daughter
  108. Big Impact: Insights & Stories from America’s Non-Profit Leaders
  109. Danger Signs! Contraindications and Proper Applications of Spinal Manipulation
  110. Experiences of Women of Color in an Elite US Public School
  111. African American History Day by Day: A Reference Guide to Events
  112. African American-Latino Relations in the 21st Century
  113. Night Vision
  114. War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918
  115. The Empire’s Ghost: A Novel
  116. Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Opinions of the United States Supreme Court
  117. Namaste Mumbai
  118. A Concise Guide to Mastering the Medical School Interview
  119. Appetites: A Cookbook
  120. JFK and the Reagan Revolution: A Secret History of American Prosperity
  121. Neuroradiology: The Requisites, 4th Edition
  122. Class
  123. The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It’s the Weekend
  124. Round Trip (Music CD)
  125. Diamonds in the Dirt (Music CD)
  126. Sunday Bolero (Music CD)
  127. Local Glories: Opera Houses on Main Street, Where Art and Community Meet
  128. Leave this Song Behind: Teen Poetry at its Best
  129. Drop the Act, It’s Exhausting!
  130. Black Rainbow
  131. The Short Side of Paradise – A Memoir
  132. Blood in the Lake
  133. Live from Crush Palace (Music CD)
  134. Blood in the Cane Field
  135. Star of David
  136. Family (Music CD)
  137. Ozone Journal
  138. Vise and Shadow: Essays on the Lyric Imagination, Poetry, Art and Culture
  139. The Brooklyn Cowgirl Rides Again (Music CD)
  140. Dwight-Englewood School: Celebrating Our Story
  141. Freeing the Light Within: A Guide to Radiance Practice
  142. Relish: An Adventure in Food Style, and Everyday Fun
  143. There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me
  144. Crush Songs
  145. Push Dick’s Button: A Conversation on Skating from a Good Part of the Last Century–and a Little Tomfoolery
  146. I Love Those Earrings: A Popular History from Ancient to Modern
  147. Put It In Perspective: A Teen’s Guide to Sanity
  148. Bookends: Stories Of Love, Loss, And Renewal
  149. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
An Alumni Profile: Aaron Dworkin ’93 

An Alumni Profile: Aaron Dworkin ’93 

when 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient Aaron P. Dworkin ’93 arrived as a new sophomore at Dwight-Englewood, he found peers who were eager to learn, teachers and administrators who took the time to help him individually, a caring community, and a plethora of ways to get involved—student government, sports, clubs. In short, he found opportunities. Opportunities to learn, to grow, to gain confidence, to discover his strengths and interests.


Today as the president of the After-School All-Stars (ASAS) National Network, an award-winning nonprofit that offers daily after-school and summer programs to some 75,000 low-income students around the country, he often invokes the “opportunity gap” that is the norm for so many kids in inner-city schools.


Closing that opportunity gap is what his organization is all about. Its mission is to “Provide comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life.” The organization’s Career Exploration Opportunities (CEO) initiative, for example, fosters financial literacy and other skills while helping students discover and plan for their future careers. Another initiative, Sports as a Hook, is a sports-based youth development program that promotes leadership and teaches a variety of skills.


“I would go to all these gyms and leagues and I’d see hundreds of great guys, all of whom I thought could be great mentors.”


Dworkin has been with ASAS since 2007 and has been instrumental in establishing the national model and growing the organization, which now has chapters in 20 major cities. He spends his time managing the local affiliates and overseeing strategic planning, program, evaluation, advocacy, expansion, partnerships, and leadership training efforts.


There have been many highlights along the way. For example, at the age of 36, he went “back to college,” sleeping in a dorm, eating in the cafeteria, and taking classes—alongside a group of teenagers who had just finished 8th grade. It was part of CampUs, a weeklong program that brings to college campuses students at risk for dropping out of school, helping them understand why graduating is important and how college leads to fulfilling careers. The overnight experience is part of ASAS’s We Are Ready initiative, which was developed based on research showing that the best time to intervene to prevent kids from dropping out of high school is actually before they even enter high school.


Another highlight for Dworkin came in 2016 at a gala in Washington, DC, when on behalf of his organization he accepted an Impact Award from Partnership for a Healthier America, the national nonprofit whose honorary chair is Michelle Obama. The award recognizes the group that demonstrates a measurable impact at the community level in building a healthier future for America’s children.


Dworkin’s career in battling such big national issues as the youth obesity epidemic, the high dropout rate, and the lack of college and career counseling for underprivileged kids began with the simple desire to give back. He started volunteering for Big Brothers Big Sisters. And then, as he explained in his remarks at Dwight-Englewood’s commencement for the Class of 2018, he had an epiphany about how to connect kids with mentors. “I would go to all these gyms and leagues and I’d see hundreds of great guys, all of whom I thought could be great mentors except they didn’t want to,” he said. “But they were willing to stop whatever they were doing on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 o’clock to play basketball.” He and D-E classmate Joe Stetson ’93 decided to put two and two together, founding a program called Hoops & Leaders. Dworkin explained, “We’ve got all these guys, we got all these kids, we got the funds, we got the New York City Parks Department to give us a gym, we refereed the games, we served food, we led the drills, we had leadership activities.” And so was born a way to enhance the lives and prospects of kids with few opportunities.


While running Hoops & Leaders, Dworkin pursued other career options, including working for the Coro New York Leadership Center and for Moody’s Investors Service, but the commitment to helping underprivileged kids remained central to his life. It has been his full-time career for more than 10 years.


Dworkin earned a bachelor’s degree from Tufts, a master’s degree in education from Harvard, and a master’s degree in public affairs from Columbia, but he considers D-E to be “the school with the biggest influence on my life.”


D-E provided him with essential opportunities that too many students do not have access to, he says. Think of the number of college counselors at D-E versus in the public schools, where there is one counselor for 1,000 students. Think of a D-E tradition like the Alumni Power Breakfast. It is a great example of social capital and how kids are getting exposed to adults with successful careers. It’s a far cry from the students he’s met who don’t know what careers are even out there, much less the steps to take to pursue a dream career. Dworkin views his job as “lighting up pathways for people” and “connecting the dots” for kids who—through no fault of their own—simply “don’t know what they don’t know.”


Dworkin says he takes his inspiration from D-E. And now as the most recent Distinguished Alumni Award recipient he wants to use his experiences to inspire the D-E community to help close the opportunity gap. His closing words from his Commencement Keynote are an apt extension of this charge. In his words:


“My question for students today is: What do you do with the gifts that this school has given you? To whom will you pass on these gifts?”

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