Introducing DELTA

Launched in the Fall of 2013, DELTA is one of four divisions of Dwight-Englewood School, offering open-enrollment courses for enrichment, advancement, or for credit. Courses are multi-disciplinary in nature offering learning across a variety of disciplines. Among DELTA's first offerings are Violin Strings Masterclass with Eastman School of Music Professor, Ayano Ninomiya (April 2014) and a Makerspace Professional Development Workshop with Trevor Shaw, Dwight-Englewood's Director of Academic Technology (July 2014). More programs are being developed for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please contact Dr. Sherronda Brown at if you have ideas of courses that you would either like to take or offer.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Sabrina Peck '80 D-E Distinguished Alumna Offers Creative Narrative Course in Theater for Fall 2014

We are pleased to welcome back award-winning choreographer and theater director, Sabrina Peck '80, who as a Visiting Artist will be offering a ten-session course this fall from September through November here at Dwight-Englewood School.   The course entitled Narrative Performance Lab allows students in grades 8, 9, and 10 to explore techniques drawn from theater, dance and music to create an original performance featuring all participants.

"I am so very excited to return to D-E to offer this course.  I have designed it so that students working alone and collaboratively will use rhythm, writing, music, dance and devised theater as tools for self-expression and problem-solving. These new literacies build in students a strong, joyful sense of self, as well as a powerful sense of community and belonging," said Ms. Peck in a recent interview about the course.

Course Description:  Narrative Performance Lab

Where do I come from? How do I see the world? This dynamic course leads students through techniques drawn from theater, dance and music to create performance material about their own lives.  The class is creative, active, immediate, inventive, and collaborative with a mission to teach students the tools for expressing their stories, experiences and points of view through a range of performing arts disciplines.  The course culminates in an original performance featuring all participants--with a reception for family and teachers.

Students will gain the following skills:
·       More confident writing, expression and storytelling skills
·       Greater facility with performing arts techniques as tools for self-
·       Greater problem-solving ability
·       Sharpened critical eye for evaluating and editing material
·       Methods and language for responding to peer work

Course Schedule:
Classes will take place from 3:45 to 6:00 PM on the following Tuesdays:
September 16            
September 23     
September 30     
October 7
October 14   
October 21
October 28
November 4
November 11
November 18*

*Culminating performance featuring all participants--with a reception for family and teachers

The campus of Dwight-Englewood School (Leggett Hall Theater)

Qualifications for Participation
We are accepting registrations for this course on a rolling basis through September 5, 2014.  The course is limited to 20 participants.  Students enrolled in grades 8 -10 during the fall of 2014 are eligible to enroll.  DELTA registrations are open to students who attend Dwight-Englewood as well as area public and private schools.   Absolutely no experience in the disciplines of theater, music or dance is necessary - just a willingness to share with and learn from each other.

More Questions:
Inquiries should be directed to DELTA Program Director, Dr. Sherronda L. Brown

Cost: $525

Register by clicking here.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Professional Development Workshop: Designing a Makerspace Curriculum


Date: July 28 - August 1

Schedule:  8:30 to   9:00 Coffee
                  9:00  to 11:00 Workshop
                 11:00 to 12:30 Open Session*

*The Taub Center will remain open for any participants to create or work on projects.  This aspect of the workshop is optional.

Location: Dwight-Englewood School, Taub Technology Center

Cost: $125

Participant Maximum Capacity: 20 Teachers (Grades K – 8)

We will be offering a technology workshop for professional teachers for summer 2014 through DELTA (Dwight-Englewood Learning and Teaching Annex).  The workshop, which focuses on K-8 teachers learning to design a Makerspace Curriculum, will be offered to all teachers across the state of New Jersey (public and private) as well as in New York.

The emphasis will be on hands-on learning using technology, much reflecting how teachers might approach such a class with their own students.  We refer to this dynamic as “workshopping the workshop” to the extent that the Summer 2014 Technology Workshop will be open ended, providing participants with the opportunity to learn and share with one another.  Participants will explore how the teaching of technology can interact with the physical world, how to develop curricula around problem solving as well as other critical skills, and how to maximize on resources that give students a deep immersion with technology. Participants will gain skills in developing Project Based Learning (PBL) as well as be introduced to new teaching technologies.**  A Certificate for ten professional development hours will be distributed to each individual participant who completes the workshop.

Overview of the Workshop 

Model of Project Based Learning
  • Identifying strategies of Effective Problem Solvers
  • Building Formative Assessment Tools
  • Defining Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions
  • Designing and Scaffolding projects
Basic Introduction to Projects Using 
  • maKey maKey
  • Little Bits
  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • 3D Printing
**Laptops are required for the course, but may be provided to participants upon request.

For more information, click here.

The workshop registration is closed. However, if you would like to be on a waitlist should a seat become available, e-mail us directly.  Contact Sherronda Brown at for more information.  

Violin Masterclass with Ayano Ninomiya

 Click the image for photos of the Violin Masterclass
Click on the image above for a photo gallery of the Masterclass.
Head of School, Dr. Rodney De Jarnett welcomed Master Teacher, Ayano Ninomiya to teach a Violin Masterclass at Collins House with six of the area's gifted young violinists. Over 50 people were in attendance for the event and were treated to beautifully-played pieces from Mozart to Sibelius. 

The students selected to take the Masterclass were as follows:
Dalia Tomichik
Irene Wu
Cameron Baumann
Andrew Kirjner
Lawrence Chiang
Tristan Siegel

Special thanks to Masterclass Director, Annaliesa Place; Masterclass Pianist, Michael Wittenburg; Performing Arts Chair, John Littlefield; and D-E Faculty, Diego Garcia and Rob DeBellis. 

For more information about the Strings Program at D-E, contact director, Annaliesa Place or go to the Summer Connections website to register.