On August 8th at 8:30 in the morning, 38 Nord Anglia teachers from around the world entered the doors of The Juilliard School in New York City with huge smiles, enthusiasm and eagerness to learn. We all knew we were in for a unique and special week; it became so much more.
From the moment the course started, we were fully immersed into the world of the performing arts. The Nord Anglia family strives to provide the best international schools in the world. The high value that is placed on the performing arts is seen as a large reason of success for students in our schools. Forming a collaboration with The Juilliard School, who many recognise as the best performing arts school in the world, shows Nord Anglia’s dedication to not only provide the best for students, but also for their teachers. This professional development week is indisputably the highest quality of advancement for performing arts teachers in the world.
With such an innovative and creative new curriculum, many teachers old and new, were ready to jump into the world of learning. Through a series of specially designed and crafted workshops, we explored ourselves as composers and performers, musicologists and appraisers, but most importantly we became students once again. The Juilliard team are incredibly aspirational and have really created a visionary and organic way to get the best out of our students. Encouraging teachers to change the way we think will allow our students to change the way they think. It is incredibly important that we encourage this. We need students to be problem solvers, risk takers, creative thinkers, and independent learners to best prepare them for the future. All of these qualities are at the core of the curriculum.