Students in Mrs. Nicole Nolan's Global Citizenship class at The Wardlaw + Hartridge School in Edison participated in the first of three hosted student discussions from Global Education Benchmark Group on October 21. This initial discussion was titled, "Our Shared Pandemic Experience." The conversation included students and teacher moderators from China, Russia, India and the United States. Students worked in breakout groups of 10 along with two teacher moderators. Discussions focused on what their life was like during the pandemic, things they learned, how they coped, where things are now, and where things are going in each location. 

“One thing we all learned is that although we are thousands of miles apart, the feelings and experiences we have been managing throughout the pandemic are essentially the same. We are all connected,” said Mrs. Nolan, who is working with W+H faculty and staff members Silvia Davis, Esther Faus and Hua Liu to set up virtual exchanges with partner schools. 

W+H students who participated were juniors Shreya Dharayan of Edison, Aarush Dharayan of Edison, Rose Kassam of Scotch Plains, Emily Brogan of Colonia and Grace Lu of Edison, along with Jim Lu and Laura Chen, who participated from China.  Students in the Trimester 2 Global Citizenship Cohort will participate in the next discussion on November 18 at 7 p.m.  That discussion is titled "Global Perspectives on Justice."

The Wardlaw+Hartridge School (1295 Inman Ave., N. Edison) is Central Jersey’s premier PreK-12 independent school. The campus is located near the Scotch Plains border and just five miles from downtown Westfield. It is a private, nonsectarian, coeducational day school that prepares students to lead and succeed in a world of global interconnection. Wardlaw+Hartridge provides an educational atmosphere characterized by academic challenge, support for individual excellence, diversity, and a familial sense of community. To take a virtual tour of the school, visit