The Importance of Performing Arts in School

The importance of drama and performing arts in education cannot be understated. Engaging in drama and the performing arts develops the creative side of the brain and builds students’ creativity, problem solving, and their ability to work collaboratively as part of a group. I have made many presentations at professional conferences over the years speaking to audiences…

Global Citizenship and Thanksgiving

The Global Citizens’ Initiative defines a global citizen as “someone who identifies with being part of an emerging world community and whose actions contribute to building this community’s values and practices.” Historically, human beings have always formed communities based on shared identity. More and more, as the 21st Century unfolds, we…

The Impact of Television on Kids

Television can have a powerful affect on kids. It can be positive and it can be negative. The key for parents is to make smart choices to monitor the types of programs their children watch and how often their children watch TV. As parents and educators, it is important that…

The Importance of Parent Teacher Conferences and the School to Home Partnership

Next week are NYA Parent Teacher Conferences! The purpose of the parent/teacher conference is to clearly communicate the student’s progress in school, and in the case of a student who is having difficulty, to enlist the parents’ cooperation in the effort to address areas for growth. It is important to approach each parent-teacher conference as an opportunity to…

The Importance of Reading Fluency

Reading fluency is a prerequisite to reading comprehension. A student cannot learn to comprehend when reading unless they are able to ready fluently with prosody. Dr. Timothy Rasinski, Professor of Literacy Education, Kent State University, is one of the leading authorities in the world on how kids learn to read….

What is a Global Citizen?

A global citizen celebrates different people of different cultures. A global citizen cares for others and respects differences. A global citizen protects the environment for future generations. A global citizen is socially responsible. A global citizen has perspective and empathy. Wikipedia defines Global Citizenship as the idea that all people…

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Today, as professional educators and lifelong learners, we know that it is not only what you learn but how you learn and how you approach learning. At New York Academy we guide our students and faculty to exercise a growth mindset. Consider the following compare and contrast statements: With a…

What Our Children Eat Affects Their Success in School

The Impact of Diet on Learning It’s a fact. The medical and scientific community has shown, based on countless studies, that diet has an impact on children’s cognitive abilities and learning in school. Day-to-Day When children skip breakfast, they struggle to concentrate and focus in class. When lessons and learning…

The Power of Purpose-Designed Learning Environments

From the effective design and arrangement of furniture to the strategic placement of engaging learning resources to spaces that facilitate exploration and self-directed learning, the purpose designed classroom can make a huge difference to enhance the academic, social, and emotional growth of a child. Progressive classroom environments include natural lighting,…

Making Mathematics Meaningful at NYA

Over the past two decades, the profession of education has become much more research-based and data driven. That’s good news. The challenge is that change within any system or institution comes slowly. At New York Academy we embrace change. We honor research-based evidence and data to drive our methods of…

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