hey charlie I hope this is the charlie that taught and coached at WCA if this is the right one this is Big Jim hope you still remember me if you do contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org (bet you didnt think I would ever know how to use one of these computer things did you) If I have the wrong Charlie sorry about bothering you. see ya bye Big Jim
Thanks for your comments Walter and Peter. "Leadership" and "Experiential Education" are two pillars of my work for Global Youth Leadeship Institute. I think they are very often mis-used words, especially in the mission statements of independent schools. The issues that we care most about--race, regligion, environment, and ethics are all very much tied togeher, and we need dnyamic "experiences" that will inspire our individual and instituional leadership. How do our schools model leadership and let students and teachers experiment and practice elements of leadership? It seems there is a great need in this area for many schools.
I share your interest in experiential education and in leadership. I don't know if this fits you, but I have a concern about how those two terms live for most people. The concern is that too often experiential education means the likes of comunity service and leadership means leadership regarding global issues. Never would I oppose those things being included, however for me, leadership means applying leadership to anything you are passionately committed to, whether it is hot issue of the day and whether or not I agree with it. Likewise, experiential education is as much about history and literature as about community service. Neither need to be limited to the **extra**-curricular domain. How does that fit with you?
I'm pretty interested in the confluence of a number of the issues raised in your and other comments, namely global perspectives, sustainability, experiential education, service learning, and (not mentioned, but implied, I think) authentic assessment. These are areas in which the independence of independent schools can enable us to realize utopian visions of a truly interdependent, multicultural, (perhaps post-capitalist or at least post-industrial) world that is livable for all peoples (and all creatures). We have much more to learn about what this world can be than we have to teach at this point, so we need to get going. I think it starts with vision, values, and hope.
Good morning. I am very interested in learning more about how to make our schools better for all our students and also elevate the "global leadership" approach to making our communities better. I also recognize that we have growing international populations, especially from a few Asian countries. At Cheshire, we have undertaken efforts to improve our program for all students by learning more about their cultures, and I have taken a special interest in Korean and Chinese culture.
In the last two years, I have begun to learn more and more about "chogiyuhak" (roughly: early study abroad) for Korean students and how we can make our communities better for everyone by undertanding more about Korean history, culture and language.
I am very interested in continuing this work and learning from (and sharing with) anyone else who is interested in making our communities better by harnessing the strength of Korean culture.
If you are interested, please check out the discussion in the "Residential Life" group!!
I'm Rebecca Neuwirth from Milwaukee, WI and would love to share some service learning ideas. I presented at the NMSA Conference last year on service learning and am involved with a number of SL projects.
Hi Charlie. I am the Environmental Initiatives Coordinator at Miss Porter's School just up the road from Cheshire. I'd love to form a network in Central CT of educators interested in sustainability issues.
By the way, do you ever play MPS in soccer? My husband is the varsity coach.
I hope to participate in the Skype call on Thursday. We can connect then.
Thanks for your comment. I definitely would enjoy chatting with you about these issues. It would be neat to do an "environmental summit" type of thing that ties schools together through a collaborative project with a culminating live event on Earth Day 2008 or something. I'm mjmonty on skype and would enjoy video/voice chatting with you to talk about some ideas for making connections.