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…

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…

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…

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…

Word Study Fun with the Little Ones

Word Study is the progressive approach to spelling. It is not just about memorizing how words are spelled, but hearing the sounds in words and learning the patterns and rules for spelling. For example, this week Mr. Brian went into the PK 4, Kindergarten, and…

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…