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"We took a 6th grade project from New York (building a weather station), and the 6th grade students in Uganda showed us they could do it, too—no problem. That’s when I thought, heck, this might really work,” says Julia Higdon, research scientist at Avenues: The World School. So Project Hello World teamed up with Avenues to learn from children in remote places, and how to bring high-quality education to children who have no or only limited access to traditional schooling. Want to find out more? We are talking about it at SXSWedu on March 9: bit.ly/2dqSrx9 ... See MoreSee Less
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This winter, inspired by our mission statement’s pledge to graduate students who are “confident because they excel in a particular passion,” the teachers in the Lower Division tested out a new approach to homework called SPARK. For one month, instead of math worksheets, mandatory reading minutes and writing assignments, students were asked to use their homework time to explore and study a personal passion.
'Tags: '5th Grade, Lower Division
Imagine if your typically peaceful day at Avenues was suddenly interrupted by the discovery that a horrible crime had been committed. Much to your surprise, the chief of the newly formed Avenues Department of Investigation then tells you that it would be up to you and your team of forensic scientists to collect the proper evidence and make sure the correct suspect could be brought to justice. This is exactly the scenario that the Avenues 5th graders encountered in science class this fall.
'Tags: '5th Grade, Lower Division, Science, STEM
The World Peace Game is a hands-on, week-long political simulation that gives players the opportunity to explore the connectedness of the global community while thinking about over 50 economic, social and environmental crises and the imminent threat of war.
'Tags: '5th Grade, Lower Division, World Course
The Holy Apostle Church is home to New York City’s largest soup kitchen and is located only three blocks away from Avenues, making it an ideal place to begin our work investigating resources within the context of the community.
'Tags: '5th Grade, Community, Community Engagement, Lower Division
For more than a month, the eighth graders worked in their World Course, English, science and art classes to form political parties and research and develop party platforms on issues of their choosing.
'Tags: '5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, Art, English, Middle Grades Program, Science, Upper Division, World Course
Students celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month in their Spanish-immersion classes. It is a time to celebrate the histories and cultures of Americans whose families came from Spanish-speaking countries and it is also a time to remember the many ways that Hispanic Americans help shape the United States.
'Tags: '1st Grade, 3rd Grade, 5th Grade, Early Learning Center, Immersion, Kindergarten, Lower Division, Nursery, Pre-kindergarten, Spanish
Recently, we welcomed celebrated author Grace Lin to join ELC and Lower Division students in the Black Box to read from her books, talk about what inspires her, how she creates her illustrations and how many of her stories are “true.”
'Tags: '1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Early Learning Center, Immersion, Kindergarten, Literacy, Lower Division, Mandarin Chinese, Nursery, Pre-kindergarten
Brendan Dolan is the instrumental music instructor for the Upper Division. Previously, he'd worked as a private and group instructor for children ages five through 18 in classical, pop and Irish music on piano, flute, tin whistle, drums and guitar.
'Tags: '10th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, Faculty, Middle Grades Program, Music, Teacher Bio, Teacher Video, Upper Division, Upper Grades Program
Angela Ji Xu first joined Avenues in fall 2012 as the head teacher in a Chinese section of kindergarten (in the immersion classes, nursery through grade three, children spend half their day in a class conducted in English and half in a class conducted in either Spanish or Mandarin Chinese). In fall 2014, she went on to become the immersion coordinator for Chinese teachers in the Early Learning Center (nursery through kindergarten) and Lower Division (first through fifth grade).
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'Tags: '1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Early Learning Center, Faculty, Immersion, Kindergarten, Language, Lower Division, Mandarin Chinese, Nursery, Pre-kindergarten, Teacher Bio
Rosalyn McCaine is a dedicated artist who has served as an art teacher in the Lower Division Spanish immersion classes since she first joined Avenues in 2012. She brings a warmth and a wide range of experience to the students she teaches in kindergarten through grade five.
'Tags: '1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, Art, Faculty, Immersion, Lower Division, Spanish, Teacher Bio, Teacher Video
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