School may be out, but the work continues for many charter schools throughout New York and Connecticut! These schools are putting in overtime to beat the summer slide, offering an extended school year and/or programs aimed at keeping students engaged as the temperatures rise. Here's how Brass City Charter School in Waterbury is beating the summer slide... at home!
The snow has melted, the heavy coats are tucked away and the school year is winding down. Summer is almost here! At Jumoke Academy in Hartford, we’re looking forward to fun in the sun too… but we’re also doing our part to help beat the dreaded summer “brain drain” with our 2017 Summer Academy!
There’s an old Vaudeville bit where an otherwise calm person totally loses his cool at the utterance of a particular word and takes his rage out on the utterer. Folks of a certain vintage will remember versions done by the Three Stooges (Niagara Falls) and Abbott and Costello (Susquehanna Hat Company).
Trigger warning: if you intend to watch these, be ready for the standard head slaps, eye gouges, belly jabs, etc.Read more
When the 2016-17 school year starts, New Beginnings Family Academy (NBFA) will be Connecticut’s first progressive school, employing emotionally responsive practice. We have been working for a year to prepare for this, and along the way we’ve had a lot of questions on what it means to be a progressive school.Read more
I would like to tell the story of a beautiful young man that who recently earned his high school diploma. For the purposes of this story I’d like to call him Phoenix.
Phoenix, who was a special education student with an Individualized Education Program (IEP), came to us after having failed at middle school several times. His former school -- a traditional district school -- made sure to write us a letter and tell us how he was never able to meet their “high standards,” but perhaps he could meet ours.Read more
At the library not long ago I happened upon a fairly short and solid read titled Heir to the Empire City: New York and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt, by Edward P. Kohn.Read more