Children’s literature author, Sally Hobart Alexander, visited grade 3 students at Ellis to supplement their literature and history studies on Helen Keller and Laura Bridgman. Prior to her visit, students read Child of the Silent Night by Edith Fisher Hunter and Helen Keller by Lorena Hickok to learn about the inspirational women and the struggles visual and hearing impaired people face.
On Wednesday, April 19, The Ellis School was proud to present a second Pow(h)er Hour: Reimagining the Independent School Library. Hosted by Ellis parent and Dean of Libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, Keith Webster, the one-hour talk focused on 21st-century libraries, new-age learning spaces and how they impact learning.
New York Times bestselling author Jonathan Auxier visited The Ellis School to host a writing workshop for Middle School students as part of a collaboration between the Ellis English department and the Children’s Literature program at the University of Pittsburgh. A self-described “author of strange stories for strange children,” Auxier is best known for his children’s books Peter Nimble and his Fantastic Eyes and The Night Gardener.
Grade 11 students at The Ellis School are required to take the Integrated Studies course, Global Leadership by Design, to enhance their global knowledge and cultural awareness. Through a combination of theory and experiential learning, the course deepens students’ understanding of globalization and international relations through lectures, case studies, and collaborative work that focuses on leadership development. Students apply critical communication, team building, activism, conflict resolution, and leadership skills as they identify and study past and present global challenges.