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Posted by on Friday, April 7, 2017
The school creed provides a starting point for habit-building at school, but parents tell us that they see their children live by the creed at home, as well. We asked what this looks like.
Ilaura Walker's children bring the creed home, and now the whole family uses it in conversations.
Ilaura Walker, mother of fourth grader Shane and first grader Ava “I picked Ava up from school one day, and she told me she had been talking about compassion and integrity with one of Read more...
Posted by on Wednesday, April 5, 2017
John Belizaire is a managing partner at the private equity firm NextStage LLC and a Senior Industry Advisor for Guidewire Software. He brings to the board extensive experience in business development and marketing, and hopes to help the school broaden its base of supporters. His involvement at Harlem Academy includes helping to develop the entrepreneurship club, and spending several afternoons on campus working with students on their projects. Doug Griebel is the co-founder and Chairman Read more...
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Posted by on Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Vinny Dotoli speaking at the French Consulate.
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...
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Posted by on Saturday, December 17, 2016
Tara with her mother at her Grace Church School graduation in 2016.
Harlem Academy’s first graduating class started college this year. Eager to see how our pioneering alumni were doing, we caught up with Tara Eagan at the University of Rochester. Tara Eagan grew up in the South Bronx, and through fifth grade, attended a local charter school where she was at the top of her class. One day, the principal called Tara’s mom in to talk about finding an accelerated program Read more...
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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...
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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...
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Posted by on Tuesday, December 13, 2016
LaShonda reads a nonfiction book to students.
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
New trustee David Salomon
This fall, we welcomed David Salomon to our board of trustees. A managing member of East End Advisors, he brings a wealth of experience in organizational growth and change, nonprofit leadership, and financial management, along with a deep commitment to Harlem Academy’s mission. A resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, he serves on numerous nonprofit boards and investment committees, including the Brunswick School, Pomfret School, King School, and Read more...
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Posted by on Sunday, December 11, 2016
Junior Board on Sunset Sail fundraiser
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...
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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...
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