School Year 2013-14                                             Ms. Elayne Federman, Academy Director


    Academy Goal:     

    The teachers within the Journalism and Media Arts Academy will work collaboratively and effectively to provide quality instruction for all of its students.  This will be accomplished via having a firm understanding, and full awareness, of each individual students’ strengths and weaknesses. Possessing this knowledge, in addition to, having a wide spectrum of varied best teaching practices at their disposal will allow all students who may be at different levels to achieve within a heterogeneous classroom setting.



    Inter-visitation across the academy will be implemented in order for teachers to gain new, and effective instructional approaches. A variety of data-driven assessment tools will be used in order to monitor and increase success in student achievement. Grade level teams will meet periodically to openly discuss the students they have in common. Parents are invited to meet with their child’s grade level team to discuss their son/daughter’s progress, and how best to assist the educational process during this meeting.Teachers will provide an environment which promotes a higher standard of education and academic rigor thus increasing student regard for academics.


    Via common planning time, teachers will collaborate to design quality instructional units.  The units of instruction will be interdisciplinary as appropriate.


    Teacher Indicators of Success:
     Student assessments
    Classroom observations and inter-visitations 
    Student/Teacher Conferences
    Parent/Teacher Conferences 
    Teacher TAN
    Classroom Climate
    Teachers sharing best practices 
    Student Indicators of Success
     State Assessment Results, DRA scores, Core Test results
    Local Assessment, Benchmark Assessment 
    Student's SAN, reflective journals, and portfolios
    Oral Presentation
    Peer-Assessment feedback
    Student engagement, accountable talk 
    Exit Project 


    Instructional Focus







    Multiple Entry Point Instruction and Strategies, Hands-on Activities, Cooperative Learning, Use of Technology, CMP3 website








    Readers/Writers Workshops, 25 book Campaign, Genre Based Thematic Units of Study, Cooperative Learning








    Cooperative Learning, Inquiry Method, Hands-on Activities, Field Trips




    Social Studies




    Document based questions, cooperative learning, student notebooks, field trip

Last Modified on September 27, 2013