Posts about Curriculum

September 30, 2019

New Curriculum Initiative at BASIS Independent Schools: SPORK

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 this year. The program, which offers many useful applications and learning tools, was initially tested last year at a few of our campuses as 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. 

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January 11, 2019

Science Curriculum: Success in Spiraling

Cognitive theorist Jerome Bruner wrote, “We begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development” (1960). We believe that even our youngest students at BASIS Independent Manhattan are capable of engaging with and understanding the most difficult material if it is structured and presented appropriately. BASIS Curriculum Schools ensures major course topics are “spiraled,” or re-addressed at each grade level with increasing complexity.

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December 20, 2018

Achieving Balance: Rigor & Joy in Early Learning

K CJFinding the right PreK or Kindergarten program for your family is a big decision, wading through the sea of options, and considering your immediate needs while prioritizing your child’s long-term educational journey.

We sat down with two of our Early Learning Teachers to provide insight and specific examples about their approach and techniques in order to balance an academically rigorous curriculum with a joyful learning environment for our youngest learners.

For a parent-perspective, we also spoke to one of our families with a current PreK student and a first grader, who started at BASIS Independent Manhattan in Kindergarten. Read more below to hear about their decision-making process and the progression and growth seen in their children.

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October 5, 2018

Defining Support: Teacher Mentors

There is a quote posted on the refrigerator in the staff lounge at BASIS Independent Manhattan from Todd Whitaker. It reads: “The best thing about being a teacher is that it matters. The hardest thing about being a teacher is that it matters every day." 

Our dedicated and passionate teachers are a cornerstone of BASIS Independent Manhattan’s success. As we enter our second year, we are thrilled to have a Teacher Mentor program where the focus is to not only have a faculty that supports our students, but also a faculty that feels supported.

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July 17, 2018

Summer Institute 2018 – An Oasis of Learning in the Desert

Each year, hundreds of teachers from the various BASIS Curriculum Schools gather in Arizona for Summer Institute, a week of learning, networking, and preparing for the upcoming school year. Newly hired teachers and those changing roles attend this annual event, where they gather in peer groups to establish best practices for educating students in the context of the grades and subjects they teach within the BASIS Curriculum.

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May 23, 2018

Mindful Education in a Technological World

BASIS Independent Manhattan was recently featured in a news story conducted by TV2 Denmark. They focused on our school's low-tech approach to education in a high-tech world. The McDonald family, including Aurelia (2-Li) and Flynn (5-Mg), gave their perspectives about not relying on technology at school and why BASIS Independent Manhattan's approach to technology in the classroom is important. 

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June 7, 2017

Head of School Focus: Our Global Classroom

Leading education podcast "Edspiration" recently featured BASIS Independent Manhattan Head of School Jesse Rizzo on her vision for nurturing a global Jesse1.jpgclassroom at her new school opening on the Upper West Side this fall.

The interview delves into very pertinent discussions: How do you expose students to their role in the world and their own heritage? How does increased empathy and cultural understanding lead to higher achievement?  

"At a humanitarian level, teaching our kids to be globally aware can help them understand people who are different," said Ms. Rizzo in the interview. "Diversity can build a peaceful and civil society. As our world continues to become more interconnected, students are expected to work well with many cultures."

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May 31, 2017

Parent Perspectives: BASIS Independent NYC and Gifted & Talented Programs

“I want to stress…there is no such thing as a gifted & talented curriculum,” Alina Adams told our recent parent panel and audience when delving into selective NYC public school options. Ms. Adams is an education consultant and reporter who wrote the books Getting Into NYC Kindergarten and Getting Into NYC High School.

Ms. Adams moderated our panel to provide parents with more information on G&T lead photo for blog.jpgthe New York City Public School Gifted & Talented (G&T) options, how to navigate the admissions process and how BASIS Curriculum Schools are different. Read on for a brief recap of the key themes from the discussion, as well as personal perspectives shared by current BASIS Independent Brooklyn parents who had transferred from G&T programs.

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