Zagat Global Fellows

In 2015, Riverdale alumnus Tim Zagat '57 established the Zagat Global Fellows program to build Riverdale's global connections and deepen the community's understanding of other cultures.

The program introduces international educators to the Riverdale community for extended visits each year and provides opportunities for Riverdale faculty members to become reciprocally immersed in each partner school's educational program. 

In February 2017, Dr. Billy O'Steen came to Riverdale as a Zagat Fellow. O'Steen is associate professor in community engagement at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. He talked with Riverdale faculty and students about experiential education and service learning. O'Steen has worked with the Riverdale faculty on the school's ongoing exchange with the Sumner School in Christchurch. A student trip is planned to Honolulu and Christchurch in June.  

In April 2016, Riverdale hosted the inaugural fellow, Dr. David James, deputy head teacher of the Bryanston School, a leading co-educational independent school for both day and boarding pupils located 120 miles southwest of London, England.

Two months later, Riverdale selected Sean Dagony-Clark, director of academic technology for the school, to vist the Bryanston School and attend the Wellington College Festival of Education. Dagony-Clark wrote about his experience for the Independent Schools Council. You can watch a video interview about his experience here.

James wrote about his experience in these articles:

The Zagat Global Fellowship

I've Been To A Land Where Teachers Teach and Students Learn, Free of the Pressure of "High-Stakes" Exams

In Britain, Independent Schools Are Caricatured As Incubators For Tory Politicians. In the U.S., People Respect The Work They Do.

If British Schools And Universities Are Genuinely World Class Then We Cannot Keep Trading On Tradition

He describes his experience in the following video 

Learning From Riverdale

Dr. David A. James, the inaugural Zagat Global Fellow, describes his impressions of the school's approach to education and how "rigor" is embodied through challenging discussions of complex ideas. 

Sean Dagony-Clark
Director of Academic Technology

David James
Deputy Head, Bryanston School

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