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 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…

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…

ACS/WASC OVERVIEW

ACS/WASC OVERVIEW Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges What is accreditation? Accreditation is a voluntary dual-purpose process that schools (1) must be worthy of the trust placed in them to provide high-quality learning and (2) clearly demonstrate continual self-improvement. An accredited…

21st Century Technology and Education

New York Academy is committed to providing our students with 21st Century knowledge, understanding, and skill sets required to be successful in our rapidly changing technological world. What does this mean? What does learning look like that effectively integrates 21st Century technology? Most in the…

The Design Thinking Process

Engaging kids in projects to learn is a part of many school curriculums. But, like most everything, learning through projects continues to evolve; and, the evolution of late has been groundbreaking! It’s referred to as the Design Thinking Process. What is the Design Thinking Process?…

Hit Refresh

I recently had the pleasure of reading Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEO. I recommend that you read it. Stand proud, India, one of your own has transformed the global tech giant. Nadella recognizes the coming Creative Age, which in great part will be…