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Network of Complementary Schools Allow PDS Students and Faculty to Explore
Posted 05/15/2017 03:38PM
Through its expansive global network, Providence Day School is continually opening doors for students and teachers.
In February, senior Molly Kral spent a week at Calhoun School, a pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade independent school in New York City’s Upper West Side.
“It was so worthwhile because I was able to meet new people, have independence and realize that art is something I want to continue in my career,” said Molly.
Her experience involved an independent art project that allowed her to participate in a photography class and develop her photos in the school’s dark room. She also was able to visit various museums and galleries, and photograph Fashion Week events around the city.
The trip was made possible through the PDS’s membership in the Network of Complementary Schools, an organization of public and private schools in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico that organizes and sponsors individual student and faculty exchanges among member schools.
Samantha Del Vecchio ’15 was the first PDS student to avail herself of the Network’s opportunities when, in April 2014 as a junior, she spent 10 days at Emma Willard School, an independent boarding school for young women.
There she attended classes and completed a five-day internship with the New York State Legislature
It is a great opportunity for students to experience other learning environments and see new cities outside of Charlotte, said Katie Kirkland, PDS Global Education associate director.
“They live with a family from that particular school, and gain independence and have an increased awareness of education outside of Providence Day School,” she said.
“I think it's a great way to get out of the traditional classroom setting and explore what's out there some more,” said Molly.
Faculty can visit member schools that have programs in their areas of expertise to learn new methods, observe different models of teaching and share ideas.
Since 2014, several faculty and staff have traveled to network-member schools.
- Upper School learning specialist (and PDS’s Network of Complementary Schools advisor) Shelley Mikszan has visited Commonwealth-Parkville High School in Puerto Rico, Bentley School in California, Putney School in Vermont and Community High School in Virginia.
- Upper School history teacher Jennifer Mann visited Kincaid School in Texas.
- Diversity and Multicultural Education Executive Director Nadia Johnson, Multicultural Affairs Director Danielle Ferguson and Social Responsibility Director Joe Canty visited Calhoun School in New York.
- Head Librarian Nicole Collins and Visual Arts teacher Chris Wallace visited Rock Point Community School in Arizona.
Upper School history teacher Dr. Jennifer Bratyanski also will visit Rock Point Community School and another school in Arizona to study Native American peoples as part of PDS’s Global Educator Certificate (GEC) program. The GEC offers teachers opportunities to learn firsthand about other cultures and then share their experiences with students and PDS community.
“The goal is to discover how Native studies are incorporated in their history courses and issues surrounding tribal governance,” said Bratyanski.
Dr. Glyn Cowlishaw, PDS Head of School, serves on the Network’s board along with Mikszan, and PDS will host the network’s annual conference in July with representatives from member schools around the country.
Learn more about Global Education at PDS.