Getting Ready for Fall 2020

This summer has been like nothing we’ve ever experienced, and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed by the many uncertainties and unknowns looming ahead of us this fall. The anxiety that has been building throughout the ever-evolving pandemic is oftentimes crushing. So, during this time of so many restrictions and cannots, I wanted to take a moment to share some of the things you can do to prepare your child for the fall semester regardless of the learning model they’ll be adopting (...)

Co-Regulation and Connection

I recently attended the Trauma Research Foundation’s Annual Trauma Conference, a three-day event jam-packed with research, workshops, and small group discussions, hosted virtually in response to the current COVID-19 crisis. This colloquium created space for people around the world to share their personal and professional experiences with trauma-work. One theme consistently discussed across a wide range of disciplines was the degree to which trauma affects a person’s neuroception, our subconscious system for detecting danger [...]

Introducing the “I Lived It” Series

This year, as one portion of our newly-developing social studies curriculum, we’re doing something extra special for our students and our community. We are finding individuals who have lived through and experienced firsthand some of our most impactful moments in history and asking them to share their stories with us. Some of the events we're … Continue reading Introducing the “I Lived It” Series

How to Have a Safe, Healthy Summer in NYC

Summer is here! Usually this would mean that it’s time to go to our favorite amusement parks, crowded boardwalks, or vacation homes with extended family and friends. As we all know, this summer looks very different from those of the past. We probably shouldn’t be renting Citi Bikes or public paddle boats. We probably shouldn’t be heading to theaters and public pools. We probably shouldn’t take the subway to Coney Island or Rockaway Beach. So what can we do? It is vitally important for our mental and physical health that we venture out of our homes and soak up some vitamin D [...]

Remote Relationships

As I write this, we’ve just wrapped up our remote learning journey. Over the past several months, the ways we learn, teach, and think have been flipped upside down. Students are experiencing brand new methods of learning as educators experiment with and incorporate new tools into their lessons. While fighting the distance, it quickly became clear that now was the time we needed to stay as connected and in-tune with one another as possible [...]

Teaching Students to Think Critically About Bias

Culturally responsive teaching is at the heart of our mission to be inclusive at EPIC Academy. And while we take many steps to implicitly create a sense of belonging within our walls (such as carefully constructing lesson materials to include a variety of perspectives and representation, teaching about a diverse array of historical figures, etc), … Continue reading Teaching Students to Think Critically About Bias