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SDJA Selects Director for New Innovation Center

Hello SDJA community,

I’m excited to share some great news regarding our plans for the new innovation center. We’ve hired a director, Kwaku Aning, who comes to us from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, Tenn., where he is director of Learning Innovation and Instructional Design. He will officially join SDJA in July.

Kwaku brings a strong background in instructional innovation as well as experience in building school-business partnerships to extend student learning opportunities outside the classroom. He is extremely enthused about the opportunity to join our school and looks forward to working with all of you. 

During his years at Lausanne, an independent, preschool – 12th grade college-preparatory school, Kwaku led the implementation of new learning initiatives to fuel students’ passions for new technologies and other creative pursuits. A specialist in virtual reality technology, Kwaku also uses his skills for humanitarian pursuits, recently developing a series of 360 degree videos on climate change in Fiji featured at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Germany.

SDJA plans to issue a news release regarding Kwaku’s hire. It is pasted below FYI.

I will provide more information on Kwaku’s arrival as it becomes available. Please join me in welcoming him to our school.

 

Chaim

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News Release                                                                                

 

San Diego Jewish Academy Selects Director for New Innovation Center

 

SAN DIEGO, CA – February 18, 2018 – San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) today announced the hire of Kwaku Aning as director of the school’s Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking, a bold and exciting educational initiative to be launched later this year.

 

“The Center will enrich our already exemplary academic program and enable us to reach new heights in delivering 21st century education to our students,” said SDJA Head of School Chaim Heller. “We’re delighted to have an educator/technologist of Kwaku’s caliber join SDJA to lead this transformational program.”

 

The Center is the cornerstone of SDJA’s strategic vision to provide students more opportunities to explore technological innovations and entrepreneurial approaches to problem-solving that will boost their future success. “The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurial Thinking represents an inspired approach to preparing our graduates to participate and thrive in a future that grows more complex and technologically advanced by the day,” said Heller. “Kwaku brings a wealth of experience in instructional innovation that will be a perfect fit with our goal of bringing a culture of entrepreneurialism alive within our school.”

 

To be centrally located on campus, the Center will be comprised of an indoor “Innovation Suite” — a large space with multiple zones for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) and entrepreneurial project work — as well as an outdoor courtyard for robotics and other activities. It will also serve as a resource for faculty professional growth and will establish external partnerships with universities, think tanks, research institutions and other organizations to extend student learning opportunities outside the classroom. SDJA serves preschool through high school students and is San Diego’s largest independent Jewish day school.

 

Aning comes to SDJA from Lausanne Collegiate School in Memphis, an independent, preschool – 12th grade college-preparatory school, where he is director of Learning Innovation and Instructional Design. 

 

During his years at Lausanne, Aning led the implementation of new learning initiatives to fuel students’ passions for new technologies and other creative pursuits. His role also included leading the establishment of school partnerships with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Tennessee Tech University and other major organizations to give students access to real-world business experiences and opportunities. 

 

Prior to joining Lausanne, Aning was associate director of Digital Learning at Achievement First in Brooklyn, New York.  Achievement First is a network ofK-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island, focused on providing high-quality education in urban schools.

A native of New York, Aning holds a bachelor’s degree from Eugene Lang College at New School University in New York, and a master’s degree from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.  He will officially join SDJA in July.

 

About San Diego Jewish Academy

 

San Diego Jewish Academy is a preschool through 12th grade, pluralistic Jewish day school located in San Diego, CA. For 38 years, SDJA has shaped the foundation of future thinkers, creators, and community leaders by blending modern education with greater purpose and meaning. We invite you to learn more at: www.sdja.com.

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