Literacy Beyond Reading and Writing

 Literacy for Success in the Information Age



In a world permeated by technology it is important for kids to be educated and well informed. Our world is constantly evolving, and with that comes new information and new ways to relay and receive information. Some of you may feel that technology is too daunting and overwhelming, and will all together try to avoid it. However, our children will be consumers, they will be workers, members of communities, and citizens, and will be expected to move at a much quicker pace to identify problems. As students, teachers, workers and citizens we will be expected to evaluate and find information from a variety of sources. We are now in the information age with new literacies arising all of which can help us navigate life and fully engage in our society.

So, how many are there?

There are 12 types of literacies!

  • Digital literacy– ability to comprehend information found online. For example: text messaging, blogging, social networking, podcasting, and video making are all extending our communication abilities and changing what it means to both “read” and “write”.
  • Media literacy- ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, and act using all forms of communication. Anything from interpreting emojis to understanding messages in online advertisements.
  • Recreational literacy- activities that result in positive attitudes, interests, and habits.
  • Disciplinary literacy– treatment by experts in disciplines of students reading writing and critical thinking.
  • Civil literacy– knowledge how to participate and effect change in local community.
  • Information literacy– a process where the learner needs to find, understand, evaluate and use information for their own personal gain.
  • Functional literacy– literacy skills required to navigate society successfully
  • Content literacy– use of literacy in specific areas such as science literacy
  • Early literacy– what a child knows about communication, reading, and writing before they learn to read and write.
  • Developmental literacy– takes a child’s stage of development in consideration. provides developmental appropriate literacy instructions.
  • Balanced literacy– reading program that uses several different reading methods to offer reading instructions.
  • Critical literacy– collection of skills that cultivate innovative teaching and critical thinking. assists students in thinking critically about the things they read, instead of just brushing the surface.

These literacies we discussed above equip individuals with the tools they need to effectively connect, solve, and discern the world around them as it continues to evolve. Many libraries now offer multiple resources for students such as free computers, ebooks and audiobooks to make sure no child is left behind! Students can also use free tools and apps that are available on computers and smartphones.

 

a few fun suggestions to get you started:

iMovie- Create videos with your child, from how-to’s to story telling!

GarageBand – Create music or podcasts together with this built-in app for free!

Sheets and Slides on Google or Microsoft office can help kids create their own chore lists or teach them to track their own progress

Podcasts- this is a modern day story time with unlimited topics to help inspire your children!

We hope this blog was informative! We would love to hear back from you.


Laura Ashley is a real life mom to a dinosaur-loving two year old. She has ventured into blogging to help other parents answer the questions that are on all of our minds as we navigate this ever-changing world! Her goal is to provide fast information in easy-to-read formats so parents like herself can go back to tracing fossils and chasing velociraptors.

Parent’s Guide to Healthy Sleep

The struggle for establishing healthy sleep habits is one shared by most if not all parents. The regimen starts early on with parents employing a number of different practices to try and establish healthy sleep behaviors for their children. The debates don’t make this process simple, parents try to find a balance between attachment parenting or teaching their child to self-soothe and just when parents have found a win with sleep training, they encounter the dreaded sleep regressions. It gets frustrating and abandoning schedules and routines is necessary to remain sane. In this guide you may find things you’ve already tried and things you may want to try. Things that can help supplement your sleep training or things that you can employ to help when keeping a schedule is too demanding for your family.  Remember that you cannot force your child into rem sleep but you can set them up for the best possible chance to achieve that natural deep sleep that will ensure healthy development, growth, and learning.

Check out tuck’s ultimate sleep chart guide for sleep at every age as well as tips and resources for helping you set healthy sleep habits for your family.

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Teachers Win Most Prestigious Prize in Jewish Education

Hebrew Academy Teachers Win Most Prestigious Prize in Jewish Education

About Hebrew Academy

Hebrew Academy is an inclusive Modern Orthodox school where we emphasize excellence in both Judaic and General Studies and strive to inculcate in our students a deep love for the Land and State of Israel, and for our brothers and sisters who reside there. Rasg Hebrew Academy serves over 600 students in from infancy to grade 12 and provides a respectful and supportive environment in which the students are encouraged to inquire and explore on their way to becoming independent, life-long learners. Our caring administrators and teachers focus on the whole child, helping each one reach his or her potential. For more information about Hebrew Academy or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our office at (305) 532-6421or visit us online at  www.hebrewacademymiami.org 

Three Hebrew Academy teachers, Meirav Kravetz, Maria Angie Lopez, and Javier Gonzalez won the renowned Kohelet Prize for Interdisciplinary Integration. The Kohelet Prize is a $36,000 unrestricted cash prize that celebrates extraordinary accomplishment, stimulates breakthroughs and enriches the field of Jewish day school education by catalyzing educators to share their innovations, successes and instructive failures with us and with each other on a national scale.

Our teachers were specifically awarded for excellence in integrating multiple disciplines in a single multi-week unit. Preference was given to units which incorporated Judaic Studies and General Studies and involve multiple faculty members.

Their project involving our Middle School students was called, “From Landfill to Life Filled,” an exemplary interdisciplinary project that includes the synthesis of distinct subjects and fosters 21st century fluencies. In terms of subjects, the project integrated Hebrew, Math, Environmental Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship.

In terms of 21st century fluencies, students were charged to solve complex problems, navigate and curate information, design solutions using modern media, collaborate as peers, and expand their environmental stewardship across the globe. The learning expanded beyond the classroom and strict subject matter as students traveled to a local waste recovery facility, conducted experiments and learned essential entrepreneurial skills including how to make a business plan. They used a variety of media to communicate globally, research, design, and present an environmental rehabilitation project that is based on one of the biggest ecological masterpieces in the world, Ariel Sharon Park in Israel.

The teachers modeled innovative pedagogy combining their expertise in Project-Based Learning (having been trained by the Buck Institute of Education through Jblend Miami), entrepreneurship education (Entrepreneurship for Kids program), and Personalized and Blended learning (JBlend Miami).

In addition to the three teachers who led the project, the project also had a significant impact in teaching and learning throughout the Middle School. Other teachers refined and/or introduced their own interdisciplinary units and project-based learning. Throughout the project, the teachers modeled the collaboration, risk-taking, adaptation, and experimentation that we aim to foster in our students.

Designing the Future: Using Fashion to Address Ecological Needs

Scheck Hillel Community School’s Girls STEAM Club Awarded Prestigious Grants

North Miami Beach – Scheck Hillel Community School’s Girls Building STEAM Club has been awarded two grants for the student-developed program entitled, “Designing the Future: Using Fashion to Address Ecological Needs.”


 This innovative program is exclusively for girls in Grades 3-10. Conceived by the student club, this initiative will team Lower School students with Upper School mentors to investigate ecological issues specific to the South Florida environment. Teams will design and produce wearable fashion that will bring attention to and help find solutions for the problems the students have identified.

Designing the Future is partially funded by two grants. The Impact Women’s Initiative of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation will support the program’s faculty, a project exhibit and the opportunities for students to present at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia and the FETC: Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando. The Technology, Education, Research & Redesign Alliance (TERRA, Inc.) grant will expand Scheck Hillel’s Multimedia Maker Lab beyond traditional Design/STEM areas of study with technology and equipment for fashion design, robotics, art and jewelry production.

“Designing the Future epitomizes Scheck Hillel’s commitment to empowering our students to maximize achievement, explore passions and foster identity,” said Vanessa Donaher, Scheck Hillel’s Head of School. “We are grateful to the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, TERRA and faculty advisor Nancy Penchev for bringing our students’ innovative spark of an idea to life.”

Nancy Penchev, Scheck Hillel’s I Lab Instructor and Lower School Technology Coordinator, guided the students through the program development and grant application processes and is eager for next steps. “We will research local ecological issues, interview experts, design and produce the fashion and share our process with the world through @girlsbuildingsteam and #eHillel on Instagram and Twitter,” she said.

Scheck Hillel applauds the club’s grade 7 students who led the grant application process: Ellie Esquenazi, Eva Gelb, Zohara Schrager, and Jessica Waxenghiser.

Designing the Future will launch in February 2019 and will present a spring showcase of research findings and fashion products. After the showcase, the students will auction the fashion and distribute earnings to the school’s Kulanu Scholarship Fund and the Girls Building STEAM program.

Scheck Hillel’s I Lab is a dedicated space for inspiration and innovation, designed to extend Kindergarten-Grade 5 classroom learning in an environment that promotes collaboration and experimentation. In the I Lab, students engage in developmentally sequenced activities focused on Design/STEM concepts with a social studies focus. In Grades 6-12, the Multimedia Maker Lab is the hub for Design/STEM learning. Scheck Hillel offers a 4-year high school Design/STEM program of hands-on laboratory courses designed to mimic work environments in the real world. Inquisitive learners who are tenacious creative problem-solvers may apply to the program for Grade 9.

About Scheck Hillel Community School

Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by Design/STEM, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with academic expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world’s largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831×173 or write to admissions@eHillel.org.

About the Greater Miami Jewish Federation

The Mission of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation is to mobilize human and financial resources to care for those in need, strengthen Jewish life and advance the unity, values and shared purpose of the Jewish people in Miami, in Israel and around the world.

 

About The Technology, Education, Research & Redesign Alliance (Terra, Inc.)

TERRA is a non-profit organization whose mission is to mobilize the resources, knowledge, and capacity of individuals, foundations, business and industry in shaping and facilitating educational policy, practice, and research for increased achievement in a global environment.

St. Joseph's Homeschool Resource Program Open for Enrollment

St. Joseph’s Open Enrollment Welcomes Homeschooled Students Who Seek Social and Sporting Networks

Parents seeking to expand their homeschooled students’social and sporting options can now apply

 

(l-r) Jackson Schemel, Katie Schemel, Aiden Schemel and Nikolos Rodriguez on family vacation in Costa Rica.

 

Boynton Beach, Fla. – (January 22, 2019) – With more than 5,400 students homeschooled in Palm Beach County during the 2017-18 school year, this region leads the state in the number of children being educated at home. But according to several parenting websites, one of the top concerns of homeschooling parents is their children’s ability to deal with isolation and socializing with other students their age.

This was the case for Meridith Tennant, a Lantana mother of four, who enrolled her son, Aiden Schemel, at Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School in Boynton Beach, when he was in the third grade. Three years later, Aidan happily splits his time between his educational instruction at home and his electives and sporting events at Saint Joseph’s. Tennant said Aiden has a full network of friends and team members.

“He feels like he has family there. He talks to his friends on the phone and goes to birthday parties, and he’s eligible to be in the sports program. We started with electives at St. Joseph’s, and now he’s also including academics,” Tennant said. “Being a part of sporting teams teaches him a lot of different skills. He tries out for every team — lacrosse, basketball, football, soccer… I totally recommend it.”

For parents who are seeking to expand their homeschooled students’ networks and social circles, Saint Joseph’s welcomes them to learn more about its Home School Resource Program, during its Open Enrollment, which began this month. Parents can apply for enrollment and register their students for the Summer and Fall semesters during this time. Saint Joseph’s offers two summer programs that begin in June. (http://www.sjsonline.org/camp/)

“The mission of Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School’s Home School Resource Program is to offer our curriculum, enrichment, arts, and athletics programs to home school families,” said Admissions Director Mary Aperavich. “It’s a unique feature of our school that we find parents appreciate because it fills in the missing parts of a student’s educational experience. We try to find customized ways to help families get the best education for their students possible.”

Because Tennant had such a positive experience with her son, Aiden, she recently enrolled her son, Nikolos Rodriguez, at Saint Joseph’s, so he could finish the eighth-grade. She said he felt welcomed and safe among students who had attended the school since kindergarten.

“Even the parents have offered to help with his transition,” Tennant said. “It’s been a great experience.”

Saint Joseph’s curriculum and campus is designed to provide an academically stimulating environment that honors individual learning styles and promotes social and emotional intelligence. Its accreditations include Florida Council of Independent Schools, Florida Kindergarten Council and the National Association of Episcopal Schools and the Educational Records Bureau.



About Saint Joseph’s 

3300B S. Seacrest Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33445

Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School holds itself to the highest standards for the character of each child and believes that every child deserves to attend a school where all are safe and supported. Saint Joseph’s, founded in 1958, is an FCIS- and FKC-accredited, nationally renowned, STREAM school serving children ages one through three at its Early Childhood Academy, as well as pre-kindergarten through grade eight on its main campus. In 2017-2018, SJES educated 182 students in PK – 8th and averaged 40 – 45 students at the Early Childhood Academy. For more information visit sjsonline.org or contact admissions director Mary Aperavich at 561-732-2045 or emailMAperavich@sjsonline.org.

Photo Credit: Meredith Tennant

 

 

 

Scheck Hillel Announces Silver Knight Award Nominees

Scheck Hillel Announces Silver Knight Award Nominees

North Miami Beach, Fla. — Thirteen Scheck Hillel Community School seniors have been nominated for the 2019 Miami Herald Silver Knight Awards: one of the nation’s most highly regarded student awards programs.

These students are Jonathan Abbo (Digital & Interactive Media), Shelly Albergel (World Languages), Jorge Batievsky (Business), Esther Benasayag (Vocational/Technical), Joseph Bensabat (Social Sciences), Moises Bensadon (Science), Gabriela Bentolila (Art), Alexa Cohen (Journalism), Raquel Dimitri (General Scholarship), Matias Lancewicki (Math), Jayme Podgorowiez (Music), Emily Rodman (Speech), Albert Wolak (Athletics).

“Congratulations to all the nominees,” said Vanessa Donaher, Head of Scheck Hillel Community School. “These students represent the range and depth of academic excellence at Scheck Hillel.”

Recently, Scheck Hillel students were awarded 53 Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar Awards, and Raquel Dimitri ’19, was named a National Merit Semifinalist, adding to Scheck Hillel’s academic achievements at a national level.


About Scheck Hillel Community School

Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by STEM and design, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with additional expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world’s largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831×173 or write to admission@eHillel.org

St. Jospeh's Annual Angel Tree Dinner

Local students serve Annual Angel Tree Dinner to the poor and homeless, in the true spirit of the holidays

 

Lake Worth/Boynton Beach, Fla. – December 18, 2018 – The eighth-grade students of St. Joseph’s Episcopal School prepared and served a Christmas dinner for approximately 20-30 homeless and poor persons through Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church in Lake Worth.

Each student was asked to provide a designated food item, and, as a suggestion, use his or her own money to pay for the contribution.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to help the students understand that the true spirit of Christmas is about giving,” said Reverend Lynne E. Jones Chaplain and St. Joseph’s Sacred Studies Teacher.

School community service hours were given to students (Grades 6 and 7 for preparations; Grade 8 for accompanying Pastor Lynne to prepare and serve the dinner.) The students also gave out shoes that had been collected by local Episcopal congregations.

Dinner was served at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 14, 2018 at Holy Redeemer Episcopal Church, 3730 Kirk Road, Lake Worth, FL 33461.

  


About Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School

3300B S. Seacrest Blvd., Boynton Beach, FL 33445

Saint Joseph’s Episcopal School holds itself to the highest standards for the character of each child and believes that every child deserves to attend a school where all are safe and supported. Saint Joseph’s, founded in 1958, is an FCIS- and FKC-accredited, nationally renowned, STREAM school serving children ages one through three at its Early Childhood Academy, as well as pre-kindergarten through grade eight on its main campus. In 2017-2018, SJES educated 182 students in PK – 8th and averaged 40 – 45 students at the Early Childhood Academy. For more information visit sjsonline.org or contact admissions director Mary Aperavich at 561-732-2045 or email MAperavich@sjsonline.org.

 

Progressive Education Reaches a New Level (English & Spanish)

School Building

Part of living in a constantly changing and globalized world requires a permanent evolution in society and in the way we educate new generations. Problems nowadays are certainly not the same as those from our parents, and that is why a prevailing need exists in training the smallest in the family for the challenges outside the nucleus world.

Inspired in this criteria and the vision to provide innovative education, come into being La Piazza Academy in 2012, when Jessica Pinto and Nita Yeung were looking to create a new form of providing a first class education, hand by hand with a regular socio-emotional development in their students. To do that, they took as base innovative and progressive philosophies where the attention is focused on the student, teaching them in an intuitive way through their relationship with the world and new social experiences.

However, nowadays La Piazza Academy have added to their repertoire a new tool to their educational methods: constant training in mental health. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 of 5 kids have or are going to have a mental health illness, for what is not rare that this topic has gained so much attention, waking up more awareness in the primary stage of the education. With this in mind, mental health has become a priority to the institution because it reinforces their goal in the education of global individuals and socially responsible with the world.

Their techniques in progressive education make the image of the therapist friendlier and accessible to students, teachers, and families. The therapist participates inside the teaching areas, integrating him or herself as part of the learning game, eliminating, therefore, the “visit to the therapist”. It’s an uncommon approach to education that positioned La Piazza Academy as pioneers in progressive education and mental health education in South Florida due to a group of specialist graduated from outstanding universities like Harvard and Yale.

Besides that, La Piazza Academy is the only institution in South Florida that integrates mandarin as part of their resume. This addition to their pensumwas thought to prepare students from the early stages of their education with an innovative curriculum in their development as global citizens and have helped them win a prestigious position in the Florida International University Chinese Speech & Ski Contest.

To the founders, the goal has always been the same: teach kids how to think and not what to think. For what education, creativity, emotional intelligence and the values of a multicultural community as Florida make out of La Piazza Academy the best institution for development and education of global individuals ready to fight the challenges of a society
increasingly demanding and constantly evolving.

 


Learning


La Educación Progresista Alcanza un Nuevo Nivel

Parte de vivir en un mundo globalizado y en constante cambio requiere una evolución permanente en la sociedad y en las formas en las que educamos a las nuevas generaciones. Los problemas de hoy en día ciertamente no son los mismos que los de nuestros padres, por lo que existe una necesidad imperante de entrenar a los más pequeños de la familia para los desafíos que le aguardan en el mundo fuera del núcleo familiar.

Inspiradas en este criterio y en la visión de proveedor educación innovadora, nace La Piazza Academy en el 2012 cuando Jessica Pinto y Nita Yeung buscaban crear una nueva forma de proveer una educación de primera, de la mano con un constante desarrollo socio-emocional en sus alumnos. Para ello, tomaron como fundamento filosofias progresistas e innovadoras,  filosofías en donde la atención se centra en el alumno y se le enseña de forma intuitiva, a través de su relación con el mundo y sus nuevas experiencias sociales.

Sin embargo, hoy en día La Piazza Academy ha agregado a su repertorio una nueva herramienta a sus métodos educativos: constante capacitación en salud mental. Según el National Institute of Mental Health, 1 de cada 5 niños tienen o tendrán alguna enfermedad seria de salud mental, por lo que este tema ha ganado una relevancia significativa a la atención que se le brindaba, despertando así un espíritu de concientización desde la educación primaria. Teniendo esto en cuenta, la salud mental se ha convertido en una prioridad para la institución ya que refuerza su meta en la formación de individuos íntegros, globales y socialmente responsables con el mundo.

Sus prácticas de educación progresista hacen de la figura del terapeuta más amigable y accesible tanto para los alumnos, profesores y familias. El terapista participa dentro de las áreas de enseñanza, y se integra como parte del juego del aprendizaje, eliminando así el estigma de “la visita al psicólogo”. Es una aproximación poco común a la pedagogía, que  ha posicionado a La Piazza Academy como los pioneros en implementar la educación progresista de la mano de un programa de salud mental en el sur de la Florida gracias a un equipo de especialistas egresados de destacadas universidades como Harvard y Yale.

Además de ello, La Piazza Academy es la única institución en el sur de la Florida que integra el mandarín en su programa educativo. Su adición en el pensum busca preparar a sus estudiantes desde temprana edad con un currículum innovador para su desarrollo como ciudadanos globales. Y por ello, se posicionan hoy en día en los primeros lugares de competencias como laFlorida International University Chinese Speech & Skit Contest.

Para las fundadoras, la meta siempre ha sido la misma: enseñar a los niños cómo pensar y no qué pensar. Por lo que la integración de la educación, la creatividad, la inteligencia emocional y los valores de una comunidad multicultural como la Florida hacen de La Piazza Academy la institución por excelencia en el desarrollo y enseñanza de individuos globales listos para afrontar los retos de una sociedad cada vez más exigente y en constante evolución.


Progressive Education


La Piazza Academy is a preschool and elementary school with two campuses in Coral Gables and Coconut Grove. For more information or a guided visit to our campuses call us at 305-443-0066 or 305-448-8885. If you will like to know more about our programs, foundation or admissions, write us at info@lapiazzaacademy.com

La Piazza Academy es un pre-escolar y escuela primaria con dos campus ubicados en Coral Gables y Coconut Grove. Para mayor información o visita guiada por las
instalaciones llámanos al 305-443-0066 ó 305-448-8885. Si quieres saber más sobre nuestros programas, fundación o admisiones escríbenos a info@lapiazzaacademy.com

 

 

Scheck Hillel Opens Applications for Multiyear Academic Scholarships

Scheck Hillel Opens Multiyear Academic Scholarship Applications: Up to 100% Full Tuition

North Miami Beach – Scheck Hillel Community School has opened applications for multiyear academic scholarships of up to 100% full tuition for rising Grade 9 and Grade 10 students, reinforcing that Scheck Hillel is the school for high achieving students with a passion for academic excellence and a desire to nurture their Jewish identity. At the highest level, a rising Grade 9 student can be recognized with a scholarship throughout all four years of high school.

“With this exciting new offering of multiyear scholarships, we are celebrating academic achievement and increasing student opportunity, reflecting Scheck Hillel’s commitment to our rising generation of dreamers, innovators and leaders,” said Vanessa Donaher, Head of School.

To be considered for a Fall 2019 scholarship, students may apply online at eHillel.org/scholarship or call 786.279.1661 to learn more. Scholarship testing will be held Sunday, December 9, on the Scheck Hillel campus. To maintain an academic scholarship, a recipient must uphold a weighted GPA of 4.0 in all math and science courses.

About Scheck Hillel Community School

Scheck Hillel Community School educates and inspires students 18 months-Grade 12 to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity and values through an individualized college preparatory curriculum highlighted by STEM and design, Capstone, college dual enrollment, arts, athletics and community service. Its 14-acres include a 115,000-sq.-ft athletic complex with additional expansion plans. Set within a nurturing, diverse community, Scheck Hillel is one of the world’s largest Jewish community day schools and a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. For more information about Scheck Hillel Community School or to arrange a visit to the school, please contact our Admissions office at 305.931.2831×173 or write to admission@eHillel.org