Dr. Caroline A. Lodemann joins the Berlin Cosmopolitan School as Managing Director

20th September, 2022

A new face at Berlin Cosmopolitan School: Dr. Caroline Lodemann is Managing Director of the school, preschool and kindergarten. She started her new position on the 15th of June 2022. Lodemann takes over the operational business from Yvonne Wende. Wende remains School Director, will continue to advance the pedagogical concept as founder, and devote herself to higher-level issues.

In the past months, Dr. Caroline Lodemann has familiarised herself with all operational areas of the Berlin Cosmopolitan School, Preschool and Kindergarten. Her responsibilities include ensuring that the school, preschool and kindergarten continue to provide the best education in the face of rapidly changing political and social developments. With regard to her goals, Dr. Lodemann says: “The work of the Berlin Cosmopolitan School is always focused simultaneously on the individual and on the society in which we live today and tomorrow. We accompany young cosmopolitans on their way to a successful life and in shaping tomorrow’s society in an open, respectful and sustainable way. This is a permanent and beautiful challenge.”

About the person: Dr. Lodemann was most recently Head of the Presidential Staff and Communications of the Leibniz Association from 2014-2022, where she was responsible for the overall strategy and communication in the national and international arena. In addition, she has been an advisor to the Executive Board of the German Research Foundation (DFG) since 2010, programme manager of a foundation in the process of being established, and has been involved in a project for more educational equity. She completed her studies at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel in Modern German Literature and Media, English Philology and Public Law. Afterwards, Lodemann worked as a dramaturge. She received her doctorate from the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen in 2009 with a thesis on questions of authorship.

About the Berlin Cosmopolitan School, Preschool and Kindergarten

The Berlin Cosmopolitan School is changing the traditional way schools and kindergartens work with different approaches to learning in the areas of nature and environmental protection, sports, new work, culture, dance, music and art and much more. The aim of the independent school, preschool and kindergarten is to bring all students along according to their abilities.

“When school motivates, everyone learns more” is the conviction of the Berlin Cosmopolitan School. Regular outdoor learning, sports activities and competitions, digital projects such as robotics, internships from grade 6, music-making from kindergarten age, dance clubs, bilingual education and much more help the children to discover and develop their own preferences and abilities.

Important concerns of the Berlin Cosmopolitan School, Kindergarten and Preschool are social justice, equal opportunities in education and a balanced community. The school regularly awards scholarships to students and accepts refugees. Through its established network and internationally trained staff, the educational institution has the opportunity to explore new educational paths for every age group.

The Berlin Cosmopolitan School was founded in 2003 as a non-profit organisation by Yvonne Wende. In 2004, the first bilingual (English-German) kindergarten and preschool opened for Berlin-Mitte with 18 children. Shortly after, the primary school started and most recently, in 2009, the accredited bilingual Gymnasium of Berlin Cosmopolitan School 01P22. Since then, the number of students has steadily increased. Approximately 1,000 students from all over the world are now being taught on the Rückerstraße and Invalidenstraße campuses. The kindergarten has grown to a number of more than 300 children between the ages of 1 and 6.

In 2013, Berlin Cosmopolitan School was accredited as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, first for primary school and also for the Gymnasium. The IB Learner Profile is about developing children and young people into lifelong learners. The school and kindergarten use primary experiences to design lessons.