Innovation at St. Margaret's

Scholar in Residence

Partnerships with Outside Academic Experts to Enhance Student Learning

In addition to regular guest speakers or lecturers who visit classrooms or with the entire school community, St. Margaret’s academic program is enhanced by collaborations with leading academic minds who visit campus and work in an extended residency with the schools’ renowned faculty and students. Collaborations with experts from partner institutions, including universities, industry and other independent schools, breed mutually beneficial new ideas and thinking, and bring fresh perspective and invigorating conversations and projects to the already vibrant St. Margaret’s learning environment.
The school frequently partners with outside academic experts, often college-level professors, who embed in the program, on campus. They work side-by-side with faculty and students observing and offering guidance on instruction, guest teaching and bringing new hands-on, cross-divisional and interdisciplinary projects into the classroom. Scholars in Residence also hold seminars and professional development with the professional community and conduct parent education talks and information sessions.
Ryan Dahlem, assistant head of school for strategic initiatives, said, “We have welcomed professional artists, leading cultural competency practitioners, outdoor education experts, psychologists, and early childhood constructivists onto our campus to join our program for a residency. We find great value in outside expertise and offering a more extended sharing of their ideas and perspectives to our learning community. It has elevated our program and advanced pedagogy. It has also proven to be a rewarding experience for our students as it exposes them post-secondary curricula and dialog, and real-world collaboration among professionals and institutions.”

St. Margaret’s previous Scholars in Residence and visiting experts include:

Yvonne Adams, St. Stephens Episcopal School
Daniela Arbizzi, Reggio Emilia art education expert
Steve Barrett, Wildwood Outreach Center
Sheridan Blau, Columbia University Teachers College
Ryan Candelario, Columbia University Teachers College
Alexandra Grant, LA-Based Professional Visual Artist
Robert Greene, The Jones Group
Ken Horii, Rhode Island School of Design
Jesse Colin Jackson, University of California Irvine
Rosetta Lee, Seattle Girls School
Ellen Veselack, Outdoor Classroom Project
Sonia Yoshizawa, Center of Excellence for Early Childhood Learning, East Tennessee State University

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