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  • Gilbert Leadership Conference Video

    A Remarkable Story Inspiring Tomorrow's Leaders

     ... one of the things that most other schools forget about, but that A&M loves and so accepts is just the tradition of the freshman class... 

    ... It’s about character and figuring out what do you put your priorities in, what personality traits when someone looks at you, what’s really important to you... 

    ... It’s to honor David and to inspire people with David’s life, and to share his story...

    ... David was just a very good friend, and he was a very good friend to anyone who he was a friend to, which was, I mean it is a ridiculous amount of people who, look at the number of people that came to the service. Look at the number of people who have come up to you guys over the years and said, “I loved your son.” I think that was the thing, is he just was endearing. If you met David, he was a great guy. He really cared about you. He would sit down, have a conversation with you.

    - Leadership - Service  - Integrity - Character - Servant Leadership - Involvement -  

    Celebrating Character

    That first year after David passed away was hard. It was a hard year....We are excited about the future of the GLC. It’s beyond our simple minds...... I’m so glad that I did because GLC, I can say with full confidence, has been the most impactful thing on my life since coming to A&M....What I would say to you now, a few years later, is that at A&M and also in the world, a name matters. The Gilbert name, on campus, means something different now, than it did. It means something. It means a lot. It means what David meant to us. We tried to put a little piece of that into the conference...You should tell people, “I didn’t know David Gilbert, but this conference is named after this incredible person. This is what we’re here to do.”...we also want to impact the people that are here today to continue to take advantage of every opportunity that they have on this Earth, at A&M.

    Inspiring Service 

    We cared so deeply about this conference, and we wanted it to go off without a hitch. You can just see how bad we just wanted it to be great...that’s why I’m here right now, and why I applied to be on staff for the conference, just because of what an impact it made on my life and and saying , “What do you do with tomorrow?”...this really is one of the most incredible, I call it the best kept secret of A&M......So much about this conference is not about looking back at what we did. That is the grounding and that is important, but it’s instilling all of that in what is going forward... I went on the second conference as a delegate. After that, I was in charge of delegates. Last year, I was in charge of operations. Now I’m in charge of programming. Maybe next year, I’ll try to do development and cover the whole committee....I was a delegate on the second conference. I was a programs for the third conference... Now I get the honor of serving as director. I don’t know, I feel like everyone’s going to change history...if we’re doing this now, in college, what are we going to do in ten years...?...Last year, I had a blast serving as programs coordinator with Thomas. This year I serve as a development coordinator with Allison. It’s my third year being involved, and it’s awesome....That’s exciting to be a part of, and to see that’s still going on....the cool thing is, they go ask freshmen as delegates, we touch on leadership, getting involved. That next semester comes around, they are getting involved. They’re becoming chairs of the conference. I remember being at the conference and thinking wow, I mean, I looked at these guys, I looked at the delegates, and I just I knew that this would never end. It would never stop.

    Encouraging Involvement 

    ...the one thing it should be, is about helping freshmen find their passion early on......that’s what I love about A&M is the love that everyone has for the freshman class... that’s what I think the spirit of GLC kind of also incorporated a lot was to not forget about the freshman class, and not forget about people that can kind of slip through cracks......it just, it gives you so many things because you don’t just go to school. I didn’t really learn that much in class, but I got a lot of experience to do a lot of things.

  • International school in Austin best of education worldwide

     

    International School best of education worldwide 

     

    International School of Texas | Leaners and Leaders Together. Hear what headmistress Grainne O'Reilly says about the school in this video profile:

    I’m Grainne O’Reilly, and I’m the Headmistress of the International School of Texas.

    I’ve been very privileged to be part of the international world now for about 15 years. I have over 30 years experience in the world of education.

    The International School of Texas is really the epitome of everything that is the very, very best in education worldwide. It is an opportunity that has arisen out of a group of parents seeking the absolute best that can possibly be achieved on behalf of their children.

    We are supported by the standards of the British National Curriculum, so we’re talking about very, very high standards. One of the reasons for choosing the British National Curriculum as the backdrop to our standards is because it is considered to be a broad and balanced curriculum; a curriculum that feeds the whole child, academically, intellectually, socially, emotionally and culturally. We have small class sizes with very good ratios. We teach Mandarin Chinese and we teach Spanish from the age of three.

    We’re looking at the physical process of PE, and swimming. We’re looking at art, we’re looking at drama, we’re looking at performance, dance, and music. Brain Friendly learning and Positive Behavior go hand-in-hand, and I truly believe that every school wherever one may be in the world should have positive, a whole schools positive behavior model. The child should always know what to expect. They always know that they’re going to be treated tremendously fairly. They always know that they’re going to be treated with great respect.

    At the International School of Texas currently we take children between the ages of three to eleven. Now that would be the equivalent to well before pre-school, any sort of pre-school experience in this country, and right through to what would be the equivalent here of fifth grade. We are going to be developing our middle school, so we’re going to be growing organically, through to sixth grade, seventh grade, and eighth grade. This is not a day-care experience in any way whatsoever; this is a very robust, a very challenging, a very academic, and indeed a very wonderful school experience. We have a beautiful campus. It’s set on a hill above Lake Travis with beautiful views.

    We’re set on eight acres, it’s a garden setting, its safe, and secure. As a selective private school it is tremendously important that I meet every single family individually; every child and of course the parents. Its really not the children that I’m choosing, most often it is the families that I’m choosing, because I want families to come to me who really do understand what we do; who applaud and celebrate what we do, and who are going to applause and celebrate their children in the same way that we do it. We don’t test children in our school we continually assess them. So, what we are able to do is really get to the root of what the child has learned, what they need to learn, and how we can challenge them. Basically they have learned how to learn.

    They are life-long learners, and that’s what we’re setting out to achieve. It’s a tremendously positive experience, and it’s something that works with every child, not only in the greater Austin area, not only in Texas, but I would certainly … well, I wouldn’t hesitate to say in the world.

    If you feel that the International School of Texas maybe the right set for your family, for your children, we would really encourage you to contact us, give us a call, and we will organize a tour for you, and I really look forward to meeting you.