RA's Third Annual Interdisciplinary Week once again proved to be a great experience in learning for our students!
The Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning
Basil joined the Ridgefield Academy community in 2015 following ten years as the Head of Technology and Innovation at Dwight School, the New York-based flagship of a family of international schools. There, he supervised technology offerings from nursery to grade 12, but most of his work with students was in the middle and high school grades and focused on design thinking, 3D modeling, social media, game design, and experimental technologies. Before that, Basil was Director of Technology at The Churchill School and Assistant Systems Administrator and Technology Teacher at Regis High School, both in New York City.
He is a past president of NYCIST, the New York Consortium of Independent School Technologists; a member of the International Baccalaureate Educators Network where he serves as a workshop leader, site visitor, and consultant; and has presented at conferences and workshops around the country on innovation, inquiry-based learning, conceptual education, and student-centered activities. He has a B.A. in English and Education from Bates College and an M.A. in technology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
It was a contest of words at the annual RVNA Spelling Bee fundraiser and Basil Kolani proved he was speller supreme as he was crowned the winner! Congratulations Basil!
The Center supports RA Reads, an initiative to share what faculty members are reading with the RA community. This latest book from the RA Reads list, iGen by Jean Twenge takes a look at this generation of children, how they are growing up in a world very different than those before them and how we need to understand them.
Exciting things continue to happen in The Center. Center Director Basil Kolani introduces Center Podcast, We RA Learning Community!
Whisper phones are being used by our Grade 2 students - providing many benefits and a whole lot of fun while they read!
RA is dedicated to providing professional development opportunities for our faculty and staff. Today, members from all four campuses listened to guest speaker, Grant Lichtman and participated in small group activities. The day was organized by The Center and proved to be informative and insightful for all.
The Center introduced the new 1:1 Chromebook Program in the Middle and Upper Schools this fall giving students the opportunity to incorporate technology into their classes and assignments with more ease.
The Center introduced Lower School students to an exciting new pilot program from the Institute of Play last week.