Posted by on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
How do we help young leaders emerge in the face of the deep, historical inequities that persist today in our economic and social fabric? Head of School Vinny Dotoli joined a panel considering this question at the French Consulate in New York on February 15. As part of the Consulate’s celebration of Black History Month, the event explored the empowerment of young leaders who can help advocate for changes in their own communities. The panel was moderated by Arun Venugopal, a WNYC reporter Read more...
Posted by on Saturday, December 17, 2016
Posted by on Friday, December 16, 2016
Two magazines recently accepted articles for publication that demonstrate Harlem Academy’s emergence as a model program within the education community. The AMLE Magazine for the Association for Middle Level Educators is publishing an article by history teacher Sean Robertson that highlights Harlem Academy’s use of primary documents as a best practice for exploring U.S. history. That article, published in the February 2017 issue, is available online here. Principal Leadership, a magazine Read more...
Posted by on Thursday, December 15, 2016
The students in Harlem Academy’s Shakespeare elective had a big act to follow when they set out to perform Othello last spring – their own. They had already claimed the top two places at the citywide ShakeSmack competition earlier in the year. How could they make their own mark with the performance? Their work together grew into a contemporary update on the classic play. Through music, dance, and costume, they set out to make Othello relevant for young people in Harlem today. “We Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
What inspired you to pursue a career in education? I actually started out as a biology major in college, but then I volunteered at an alternative middle school in Philadelphia. It was amazing to see a school full of children who were illiterate. You’re talking about 18-year-olds in the 5th and 6th grade, and the school was really just a holding cell until they aged out. Who even knew something like that existed? As a volunteer reading teacher, I had to start with practicing kindergarten and Read more...
Posted by on Monday, December 12, 2016
Posted by on Sunday, December 11, 2016
Harlem Academy’s Junior Board is starting their second year of work to support the school. Already, the group has initiated a Career Day for students, advised on the school’s new website design, and conducted practice interviews for 8th graders starting the application process for secondary school. They have also led three successful fundraising events to support scholarships, including a sunset sailing cruise (pictured below) that included a beer tasting with Garrett Oliver, brew master for Read more...
Posted by on Saturday, December 10, 2016
Harlem Academy students know how to make an argument. Starting in sixth grade, they learn to identify the point they want to make and to articulate it clearly. The foundation for this is a technique taught in our middle school English program called “Literary Analysis Short Answer” (LASA). “This is an incredibly useful skill,” says English teacher Whitney Wood. “It’s a concrete method that kids can use to make a focused and arguable point around a piece of text. We start in sixth grade Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Should you find yourself stranded on a desert island choking on a coconut, or lost deep in the woods with a gash in your leg, you’d better hope that you’re with Harlem Academy students.
Misa and Kyle practice their emergency medicine skills.
“Our human biology curriculum pushes them far beyond a typical middle school course with engagement around anatomy and physiology,” says science teacher Meredith Philbin. “Most students don’t see this until high school or Read more...
Posted by on Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Each October, Harlem Academy middle school students head to Princeton-Blairstown Center for a 3-day overnight trip filled with team-building exercises, physical challenges, and outdoor educational activities. It’s a chance for students to get out of the city they know so well and into the wilderness. For many students, it’s their first time doing something like this. But by eighth grade, they take pride in growing familiar with all that nature has in store. Through the experience, they Read more...