In our parenting journey, we model, we scaffold, and then we take off the training wheels and let them go.
Almost ten years ago, I wrote an article titled "Academic Rigor and Student Engagement: A Perfect Match." While many feared that they would need to sacrifice student engagement in the service of academic rigor, I argued strongly that academic rigor could ONLY genuinely come together with student engagement, and that truly rigorous learning at its core needed to be about exploration, discovery, creativity, inquiry, and pattern recognition.
"I was thrilled thrilled to have this first opportunity to be an evangelist for PKS in the PRC!" says Chris.
The benefits of a bilingual education (and of a bilingual brain!) are well-documented. They range from positive correlations with executive functioning in the brain to advantages in staving off the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
I couldn’t be more thrilled by the prospect of becoming the next Head of School at PKS this July!
Under twinkling lights and a clear night sky, PKS parents gathered on Saturday for the annual Parents' Night Out celebration. Hundreds of parents filled the school grounds to enjoy good food, wine, and dancing.
Wow! What fun it has been for me to greet you and your children these past days! Thank you, xiè xiè, for your warm words of welcome.
I am absolutely thrilled at the prospect of becoming your next Head of School in July 2018. I would like to thank all of the students, teachers, staff, parents and board members that took the time to meet with me during my visit to school and with whom I have interacted over the last few weeks. I especially appreciated the time I spent in Chinese answering the most challenging questions of all – from the PKS third graders!
Chris Livaccari, a distinguished language immersion educator, Mandarin scholar, Mandarin speaker, and author, has been named our next Head of School by unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees. Among the highly talented candidates who visited the school in recent months, Chris stood out for his commitment to educational excellence and his deep knowledge of and involvement in Mandarin language learning on an international scale. Chris’s bright vision for PKS’s future and his inquisitive, warm, down-to-earth style made him the ideal match for our school.