Exciting news: I’ve taken on a new role at Avenues: The World School, and it will move me for the foreseeable future to Beijing.
Brooklyn has been my home since I left Guiyang. I’ll miss biking to Williamsburg for coffee; walking with my dog in Prospect Park; finding a new fantastic restaurant each weekend with my wife. I’ll miss my friends, and my colleagues. I’m sad I wont be in Brooklyn when the Nets beat the Thunder in the 2014 NBA Finals.
In fact, I wouldn’t even consider leaving this little hipster heaven if not for such an exciting project. Avenues is building a global school with three goals in mind: graduating students who are
fluent in multiple languages;
active global citizens;
prepared to do well and do good in the 21st century.
We will do this, in part, by opening 20 campuses in 20 global cities, and encouraging our students to move between them. Now that our flagship campus is up and running here in NYC, we’re ready to expand. China is an ideal choice for campus #2.
So what’s to come? In the short term, I’ll be able to build programs in China for our current students from New York. In the longer term, I’ll help hire our new faculty, help oversee construction of our new campus, help drum up applicants from China, and help facilitate a cross-pollination between the NYC curriculum, and the best of the Chinese curriculum.
And, of course, I’ll have plenty to write about.