A Cup of Three C Tea

A taste of the Inwood Academy's focus on community-focused leadership, character development, and college preparedness.

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Our Dream of Becoming Professional Dancers

By: Fabian and Sebastian Garcia

Fabian and Sebastian are 10th grade students at Inwood Academy. This is their blog post about what they’ve been doing outside of school and a huge honor they recently received. Read on. Ever since we were young children we have dreamed of going to a famous dance school and training to be professional dancers. We want to […]

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Garden Growers

By: Christina Reyes, Founder & Executive Director

One of my goals is to ensure the school engages all students and to help us achieve this we use personalized learning strategies and integrating technology into the classroom. The result, Inwood Academy is creating learners—children who are engaged and thriving in a learning environment. Another means to achieving my goal is to partner with […]

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Harvard University’s CS50

By: Denise Canniff

Inwood Academy scholars had the privilege of participating in a coding event this month—CS50 Hackathon NYC. We were just one of nine schools invited to participate in this Microsoft sponsored event. The hackathon was more than a room filled with free t-shirts, bags, candy, and pizza. It was a collaborative computer science learning environment where […]

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The Joy and Wonder of Being a Medical Student

By: George James

It was an honor and a privilege to welcome medical students from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons to my fifth grade math class. As a teacher, I liked how the Young Doctors were very organized and they set up four stations for small groups to rotate through—circulatory and digestive systems, skeletal, and nerves […]

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Middle School Debate Team News

By: Rikelma Jimenez

Are you interested in becoming a lawyer, a politician or just like to have the last word with your friends, parents and teachers? That’s what we asked our students last month and within three weeks Inwood Academy Middle School had its first debate team and were off to its first tournament. The debate team is […]

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Q&A with Valerie Hoekstra – Part 2

By: Denise Canniff

Welcome to Part 2 of the interview with Ms. Valerie Hoekstra, Inwood Academy’s Middle School Director. See Part 1 here. Q. Based on your five years of experience at Inwood Academy, are you making any major changes at the middle school? We spent a lot of time focusing on academics and trying to make it rigorous, […]

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Q&A with new Middle School Director – Part 1

By: Denise Canniff

Valerie Hoekstra has led the school’s special education and academic intervention services since Inwood Academy launched in 2010 and was named its Middle School Director in June 2015. She was one of the authors for the original Charter School Application in 2009, outlining how the school would serve students with special needs. For the past five […]

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Welcome Families

By: Christina Reyes, Founder & Executive Director

Welcome new families and welcome back returning families. School officially began this week for all students. The start of a new school year is such an exciting time to meet new people, reconnect with friends, and reflect on your goals for the coming year. One goal that I am most happy to share with you […]

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A Few Introductions

By: Christina Reyes, Founder & Executive Director

I hope you enjoyed your summer and had an opportunity to spend extra time with your family and friends. This is the first of many times I hope to connect with you throughout the course of the year on this blog. Today, I want to introduce two new staff members and announce new roles for […]

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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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How I’m Using Technology In My Classroom

By: Christian Guerrero

Good teachers understand that interactive technology, the kind that lets kids explore and create, significantly improves students’ academic performance, and helps to close the achievement gap, especially for students most at risk of low achievement. It prepares students for the types of jobs they’ll have in a complex technological, knowledge based economy. These good teachers […]

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What are TED talks?

By: By: Christian Guerrero

I am always in search of inspirational stories and videos to share with my kids because they are inquisitive, full of creative ideas, and interested in new technology. If you’re in a similar situation, TED Talks (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a great source for inspirational videos with some of the most fascinating people in the […]

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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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Inwood Middle: Before, During and After

By: Christian Guerrero

  Inwood Academy for Leadership’s Middle School building has experienced some serious change from July to now.  Below are some links to pictures that will take you through the journey of its renovation. Inwood Middle Transformation Pictures: July – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk34ZTyB August – https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3RYUzn September- https://flic.kr/s/aHsk3SggHy Pictures taken by Elizabeth Castro  

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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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7 Tips to Getting Ready for School

By: Christian Guerrero

Have you ever told yourself, “This year will be different, it will be better?”  I’ve been telling myself this since I became a parent and each year I get a little better at planning for the school day the night before. Here are a few tips my colleagues and I have learned along the way: […]

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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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