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Summer Camp Campaign Underway!

By: Denise Canniff

Each year, hundreds of kids from Inwood Academy are home during the summer due to lack of quality and affordable summer camp programming in our community. We want to give our kids an awesome summer camp experience this year. To raise funds for our camp, we’ve created an easy way for you to contribute and […]

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What is “teaching to the test” and is it bad?

By: Christian Guerrero

Years ago in a professional setting, a respected educator asked a group of teachers a simple question: “What do you teach?”  The group of skeptical middle school educators answered with different responses that varied from subjects to grades.  At the end of the process, the facilitator reminded us that none of the things we mentioned, […]

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Opting Out: The Conversation about State Exams and the Effect on Students

By: Christian Guerrero

Often I approach the vital decisions that come with being a principal from a few different perspectives.  The roles of principal, teacher, dad, and anxiety sufferer often overwhelm my mind when a decision is to be made.  When discussing homework I think about what research says, what it was like to assign and grade as […]

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Go Trailblazers!

By: Christian Guerrero

It was a great season to be a member of Inwood Academy’s Trailblazers. The new school year brought about exciting changes to our programming along with bringing together many familiar faces while welcoming new ones. As we completed the first season our third year of athletic programming at IAL, we couldn’t be more pleased with […]

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Ending 2014 Strong, and Starting 2015 Right

By: Christian Guerrero

During Inwood Academy for Leadership’s first two months of Season of Service, students, families, and staff helped many of its neighbors most in need. This new IAL program also helps us reinforce a simple message to our students: that we all can be leaders by making a difference. In November, we partnered with over twenty […]

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The Gem of Schools in Manhattan: A Parent Testimony

By: Christian Guerrero

Excerpt from the charter renewal hearing on September 30, 2014 My name is Bryan Davis and my son Austin attended Inwood Academy for Leadership for the past 4 years. For five years I served as the Vice President of Community Education Council District 6 (CEC6).  I can say that during my time on the CEC I […]

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The 4th "R" of Education

By: Christian Guerrero

Reading, writing, and arithmetic. The 3 R’s of education are rooted in the very fabric of all schools everywhere. It’s just what we do. There’s a 4th R and it’s so important that without it, all else crumbles. But we can’t measure it on a state test. It won’t be on many report cards. There’s […]

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Uncommon Feelings about the Common Core

By: Christian Guerrero

www.inwoodacademy.org Common (adjective) – occurring, found, or done often; prevalent. Core (noun) – the central or most important part of something. It is hard to think of two more basic words than common and core. As a young student in Ms. Lozinski’s English class I would have been asked to be more creative and imaginative […]

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Fractions, Decimals, Volume and More

By: Christian Guerrero

Inwood Academy admissions lottery gives preference to students who do not speak English as their first language and, as you can imagine, they need extra help with grasping mathematical concepts presented to them. They are highly motivated students so with the right tools and resources they have every chance to succeed. With the use of […]

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Reflections of a First Year Principal

By: Christian Guerrero

Recently I was reading the blog of a colleague where she revisited some of her reflections from the end of her first year as the principal of small Charter School. Her thoughts caused me to reflect on the past twelve months of my life. I learned more about myself as a learner, teacher, husband, father, […]

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Class of 2018: You’re The Reason Why We Come to Work Everyday

By: Christian Guerrero

Excerpts from the Stepping Up Ceremony on June 25, 2014 Humanities Department Chair John Harrison’s address: Moving from middle school to high school is symbolic of your journey into the world of us grownups, where you will finally earn the freedom to make decisions for yourself, to control your own destiny.  Unfortunately, with this freedom […]

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I’m Taking My Talents…to Inwood

By: Christian Guerrero

During the summer, Inwood Academy for Leadership made #thedecision to add needed talent to the staff roster.  We reached out to Lebron James and Kevin Love, but we couldn’t match their offers.  However, we found the right people with the desired experience despite not being able to dunk a basketball. Here are the fab four: […]

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Farewell and Hello

By: Christian Guerrero

It’s not easy to say goodbye. This summer we are parting with an old friend: our dear little mini-building on Nagle Avenue. For the last two years, we’ve been living in two different locations. Our 5th and 6th grades were in our first little space that we called “Nagle” and our 7th and 8th grades in […]

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3 Ways To Help Your Child Avoid The "Summer Slump"

By: Christian Guerrero

For me, the summer of 1994 had to be one of the most exciting summers on record. Between Jim Carrey’s The Mask coming to theaters, the Rangers winning the Stanley Cup, and Weezer releasing their first album, I had an awful lot of things to distract me. But the fact is, all those distractions took […]

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Celebrating Student Athletes at Inwood Academy

By: Christian Guerrero

Last Monday, June 16th, we took the time to highlight and reflect on a great athletic year. Our Athletic Awards Ceremony embodied the phenomenal second year of athletics at Inwood Academy. We were thrilled to be able to celebrate the hard work and achievements of our eight teams. What made the evening exceptional was the […]

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Oh How the Years Go By!

By: Christian Guerrero

One of our founding teachers recently came upon a class picture of our now 8th grade students when they were in 5th grade – our first class of Inwood Academy. These kids are like our babies, our first born, our princes and princesses! The first thing I saw was the obvious differences in appearance. The […]

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