It has been a very busy time, with visits to schools in Mumbai and Pune in July-August. Thank you to everyone involved in making this trip run so smoothly. It was a wonderful experience, and I'm already counting the days to the next trip.
The energy and enthusiasm of the students was inspiring. There are too many moments to mention here, other than to say, what a joy it was to connect through stories and share our experiences. Smiles, James
Newspaper stories from India
"It opened up completely new perspectives to everything in life."
Tanmay Goyal, Year 10 Student
"What I also found important was talking to people, as every person has a story to tell, which can help many in different ways."
Vaishnavi Warrier, Year Ten Student.
"The questions Knight asked in the session made us think on different levels and also compelled us to take a story on a different path."
Sancharika Banerjee, Teacher
Thank you to all involved in the EL National Education Conference in Atlanta, in October. Bernie Shakeshaft, the subject of my latest book, Back on Track, and I were invited to attend a 4- day gathering that explored the latest in Expeditionary Learning. A special thank you to President and CEO, Scott Hartl, and Chief Academic Officer, Ron Berger. You are doing some extraordinary work, notably with disadvantaged sections of North American communities. Also, thank you to Paul Taylor, the principal of Banora Point Public School in NSW. Paul and his staff and students have adopted some EL ideas, and are doing some great work.
After the EL conference, we felt privileged to visit the Polaris Charter Academy in Chicago, which caters for Years K-8. Many children here have been affected by gun violence in some way. Thank you to all the kids and staff who so happily and willingly allowed us to be part of an extraordinary environment, and we owe special gratitude to Head of School, Michelle Navarre and Director of Culture and Character, Francesca Peck.