Director of the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, Basil Kolani shares his thoughts on challenging conventional education.
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.
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