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…

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…

Making Critical Thinking Visible

The fundamentals of Critical Thinking are a set of cognitive processes. You might ask, “What are cognitive processes?” Cognitive processes are the types of higher level thinking we do to make meaning. Often, we do them naturally without realizing or naming what we are doing!…

The Advantages of Split Classrooms

The Advantages of Split Classrooms New York Academy has had split classrooms in its first years. This has not been by design, but by necessity as a new and growing school. However, we know the research and are taking full advantage of the benefits a…

Social and Emotional Growth

Asking Questions and Active Listening A student’s social and emotional growth significantly impacts their academic achievement; each is equally important. When kids develop the ability to successful interact with peers and adults in their community it makes a difference. When kids gain a sense of ownership…

Core Values at New York Academy

I have written several times this year about the fact that social and emotional growth is as important as academic growth; and, how social and emotional growth is built upon the foundation of core values. At New York Academy, we place a great emphasis on…

School to Home Partnership

A child’s education begins in the mother’s womb. More and more mothers and fathers are reading to the child in the womb leading up to birth, and they continue to do so across the child’s school years. Research-evidence shows that cognitive development happens from the…

The Progressive Education at New York Academy

Progressive education engages students in learning through meaningful experiences. Learning is purposeful. Students engage in the authentic act of thinking and doing – reading, writing, presentation, conversation, mathematical problem solving, scientific inquiry, design thinking & maker learning, community service and civic engagement. Students learn to…

NYA Mentor Mentee Program

NYA Mentor Mentee Program 2018-19 New York Academy is a school that is dedicated to building a cultural of professionalism. And, we are committed to maintaining effective school to home communication to inform and educate our stakeholders as to the quality of our work, ultimately…

Let’s Play!

As we head into the NYA Spring Break, I encourage parents to take time and play with your child 🙂 Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development….

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