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Black History Month: A Library Perspective
  • Learning
Cherie Yanek, Upper Division Librarian

Black History Month comes every February, but every February isn’t the only time we should be reading books by black authors and about black characters.

  • Library
  • Lower Division
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Social Justice
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
Middle Grades Lunar New Year Celebration
  • Learning
  • Middle Grades Program
Ting Wang, Middle Grades Chinese Teacher

In class, middle grades students not only learned about the “do’s and dont’s” of Lunar New Year, they also learned about how Chinese people follow a day-by-day guide to do New Year’s preparation seven days before the Lunar New Year’s eve.

  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Middle Grades Program
  • Upper Division
The GO Project-Avenues Partnership
  • Learning
  • Upper Grades Program
Jennette Mullaney

Since 2012, Avenues has partnered with the GO Project, an educational intervention program that serves under-resourced children in New York City.

  • Community
  • Community Engagement
  • School Culture
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
Learning About the Filmmaking Process
  • Learning
  • Lower Division
Rachel Kreibich, 5th Grade Head Teacher

Nick Shumaker, the father of one of our 5th graders, recently visited the Palms’ classroom to talk about the process of creating the animated film White Fang

  • 5th Grade
  • Lower Division
Tactfully Approaching Strangers in a Second Language
  • Learning
  • Upper Grades Program
Spencer Baron, Upper Division Chinese Teacher

In Chinese 3-4, we are actively focused on our skills at making conversation. As we move across topics essential to daily life in Chinese, the one common thread is the opening. That very small but important dance of interaction between two or more people is where so many decisions are made about how to move forward and will dictate how friendly each side will decide to be

  • Language
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
A Picture Book Teaches Compassion
  • Early Learning Center
  • Learning
Liz Salegumba, Pre-K Head Teacher

This fall’s earthquakes in Mexico and devastating storms in Puerto Rico deeply affected members of our teaching team. One of our teachers saw an opportunity for children to learn compassion with the use of Alvaro F. Villa’s Flood, a moving and wordless eBook. 

  • Early Learning Center
  • Immersion
  • Pre-Kindergarten
  • School Culture
  • Spanish
Design 4 Impact: Zero Waste Challenge
Ivan Cestero, Coordinator of Social Innovation

How might we become a zero waste school?This ambitious question was the focus of Design 4 Impact’s (D4i) first design challenge of the year. 

Building Community in the Nursery Classroom
  • Early Learning Center
  • Learning
Brooke May, Nursery Head Teacher

Growing into a community is one of the main components of a nursery student's journey: developing a sense of belonging as a member of a team, realizing that you are one of many for the first time, and becoming aware that we all have something wonderful to contribute to the group.

  • Community
  • Early Learning Center
  • Nursery
Internships and Mastery
  • Learning
  • Upper Grades Program
David Levy, Internship Program Lead, Avenues Parent Association

What does a good internship experience bring to students in terms of skills that they’ll find valuable for the rest of their lives? Avenues' director of Mastery, Mark Gutkowski, discusses how internships are an important part of the Mastery Program.

  • Internship
  • Internships
  • Mastery
  • Upper Division
  • Upper Grades Program
The Talent Code
  • Learning
  • Lower Division
Rachel Kreibich, 5th Grade Head Teacher

Michael Jordan. Bach. Michelangelo. Emily Brontë. Pelé. Einstein. The Z-Boys (California skateboarding pioneers). What does this eclectic group of people have in common? According to The Talent Code author Daniel Coyle, a whole lot of myelin

  • 5th Grade
  • Lower Division
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