The 11th annual All Things Wellington was an exciting and inspiring look at visionary education for children of all ages. An evening entirely dedicated to exploring and celebrating curriculum at the forefront of teaching and learning, the event gave illuminating insight into what Head of School Robert Brisk P ‘13 ‘15 referred to as Wellington’s “culture of innovation.”
In 2017, Wellington scored highest of all organizations considered for the Top Workplace honors on one particular criterion. Our faculty and staff, more than employees of any other entity, asserted that at our workplace, new ideas are embraced.” ~ Robert Brisk P ’13 ’15, head of school
An impressive program of live presentations and videos featuring faculty and students highlighted the scholarly pursuits of today and dreams for tomorrow. In his opening remarks, Brisk talked about what sets Wellington apart from other schools. He began by noting The Wellington School has been named a Top Workplace in Columbus five years in a row. While that makes our school noteworthy, he explained, what makes us exceptional is the special honor we received with the award. “In 2017, Wellington scored highest of all organizations considered for the Top Workplace honors on one particular criterion. Our faculty and staff, more than employees of any other entity, asserted that at our workplace, new ideas are embraced.” Given that schools have been encumbered by standardization and uniformity in the last 20 years, Brisk found the recognition of Wellington’s commitment to innovative thinking “nothing short of amazing.”
The culture of innovation at Wellington, as described by Brisk, involves offering faculty grants to create and design programs that enhance student engagement, challenging “students deeply while increasing their love of the very challenges they were facing.” Since inception, Student Engagement Grants have funded 54 new projects, 21 of which have become signature programs, significantly contributing to Wellington’s culture of innovation.
Wellington is an amazingly diverse place, and with that diversity comes a responsibility that all students be provided equal access to learning activities that we deem relevant and important.” ~ Dr. Jeff Terwin, assistant head of school and head of upper school
Presentations and videos provided in-depth examinations of courses and initiatives in lower, middle, and upper school, demonstrating the full range of Wellington’s curriculum, from Shakespeare to journalism, engineering design to virtual reality, and outdoor classrooms to experiential equity in international travel. “Wellington is an amazingly diverse place, and with that diversity comes a responsibility that all students be provided equal access to learning activities that we deem relevant and important,” said Dr. Jeff Terwin, assistant head of school and head of upper school. “That is the key principal of experiential equity. All students having the same access to meaningful learning experiences.”
Alumnus CJ Hansen ‘12 spoke of his own meaningful learning experiences as a student at Wellington and how they influenced his path in life, majoring in physics and astronomy at Northwestern University and, as a freshman, receiving a NASA grant to study the atmospheres of exoplanets. His research led to authoring a published paper and more research grants studying solar flares on the surface of the sun with a solar telescope at Stanford University. “Ultimately, all of these incredible experiences have shaped my life,” Hansen said, “and it’s all thanks to the research I started at Wellington.”
Following the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to further explore Wellington through breakout sessions focused on robotics, coding, engineering design, youth in government, and creative problem-solving, to name a few. Live music, art, and fashion were also showcased, displaying the broad scope of the Wellington student experience.
The 11th annual All Things Wellington was an impressive and heartening demonstration of what makes our school, in the words of Brisk, “distinctive and transcendent in the world of independent education.”