If you ask students at BASIS Independent Brooklyn what makes their school different, they will tell you “the teachers.” The foundation of our culture and the success of our students lie in the hands of our faculty. We look for inspiring, expert teachers who believe that with the right support and encouragement any student can excel. With that in mind, we kick off a blog series profiling faculty members who recently joined our school.
Today we feature Ms. De Leon, who leads students in Engineering and Math in both our Early Learning and Primary Program. Ms. De Leon is intrigued by the contexts under which the brain develops conceptual mathematical knowledge, and she finds it fascinating how every individual has creative and unique solutions for any given mathematical task. As a 4th grade Math and Early Learning Program Engineering Teacher, she set out this year to cultivate a growth mindset culture, so her students can achieve at their highest levels.
Ms. De Leon is excited to have found a community of like-minded educators at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. We asked her some questions to help families get to know her better as a teacher and a fellow parent at our school.
At BASIS Independent Schools, we are constantly looking for ways to optimize our program while staying true to our foundation of academic excellence.
SPORK is an exciting new tablet-based math textbook program implemented at BASIS Independent Schools after being successfully piloted at our campus. The program is a new tool for BASIS Independent students and teachers in select math courses: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I/Geometry, and Algebra II/Geometry. Keep reading to learn more about how this initiative is elevating our curriculum.
Students at BASIS Independent Schools know a thing or two about hard work and persistence in problem solving. Our accelerated and spiraled math curriculum gives students ample time to strengthen their fundamental skills so that each year, when our schools facilitate opportunities for students to participate in competitions, clubs, and more, they can then show off their talents and achieve new goals. This year’s math wins across several of our campuses are a testament of how well our students thrive in competitive situations.
Read on to explore just a few of the math-centric accomplishments from our campuses in Brooklyn, Fremont, Manhattan, McLean, and Silicon Valley.
Recently BASIS Independent Brooklyn students garnered prestigious honors in math competitions, and we wanted to take a moment to share the exciting news with our community.
Our inaugral MATHCOUNTS team won second place (missed 1st place by one point!) in the regional Brooklyn competition among the top private and public middle schools. One of our students, Max S., even took home the 1st place trophy for individual achievment.
Now our team moves ahead to the New York State competition in Troy, New York in mid-March. Sister campus BASIS Independent McLean recently won their regional competition as well, so we have lots to celebrate across the network!
This year marks an important milestone for us: the class of 2016 is the first graduating class from BASIS Independent Schools at our campus in Silicon Valley. As we share in their joy and celebrate their college admissions, we find ourselves reflecting on how our educational model and culture set students up to continue on to pursue whatever it is they want to pursue after they cross our graduation stage. How it is that we instill in our students the notion that there is no upper limit on what they can achieve. Inspired by Jay Mathew's article in the Washington Post this week about issues in certain districts posed by the delay of teaching algebra until high school, which references BASIS Independent Schools as a private school not participating in this practice, Mark Reford shares his thoughts on how BASIS.ed puts student learning first - taking an evidence-based, often optimized approach to our education formula. He writes:
Writing in The Washington Post on April 10, 2016, the veteran education journalist and columnist Jay Mathews recently reported on the distinctly confusing roll out of The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics in California, Maryland and Washington, D.C. He focused on one of the crucial elements in the new standards: the delay in the teaching of Algebra until high school. Trying to understand why this might be a good idea, he found explanations that were at best, “inscrutable” on district websites, and then heard Richard Carranza, Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, tell a group of parents concerned about Common Core that in essence, they should trust the experts. And…that Common Core is “the Good Housekeeping seal of approval of our teachers.”
Inspired by the blissful feeling of uncovering connections, our blog Eureka! Brooklyn is about sharing moments that capture the essence of what it is to be a BASIS Independent student, teacher, administrator, or family.