Friday, July 26, 2013

Tutoring Programs - Science

“Science is a way of equipping yourself with the tools to interpret what happens in front of you.”

–Neil deGrasse Tyson, — astrophysicist, passionate crusader for space exploration, and eloquent champion of the whimsy of the cosmos

 The Academy’s goal is for students to understand the big picture, the big question, interconnections, the nature of science, and the application of knowledge and skills. Whenever possible, the focus is on students conducting experiments and actually using their own minds to think about what the evidence means.

Kindergarden-6                                Interactive Science

Engaging students by use of the digital world and built on best practices, students will have four levels of support with content leveled readers in this fascinating and entertaining class. Not only will children have a hands-on approach to science, this new style will increase their reading confidence, vocabulary, and math skills! They will have fun becoming a scientist, if only for a couple of hours a week!

Middle School

Students have the opportunity to enroll in the STEM ”Building For Earthquakes” science program for science enrichment. In this program, they learn about seismic waves, math practice with ratios and proportions, making scale diagrams, mapping the earth, monitoring earthquakes, and learning about engineering careers in robotics and structural engineering.

High School

Backup Classes are small group tutoring sessions that “backup” science subjects taught at Will C Woods, Vanden, and Buckingham High Schools.  Backup Classes are $43.50/class and you can join a Backup Class at any time. Backup Classes will support weekly class lectures as well as focusing on upcoming tests through test preparation.

Biology          AP Biology          Chemistry          AP Chemistry          Physics          AP Physics

Homework Support

We also offer Basic Homework Support for elementary, middle, and high school students  who need additional support in the sciences. Pay a flat fee ($60/week) and attend as much as you want each week: Mondays – Wednesdays 3:30 – 5:30.  We help your children in EVERY SUBJECT

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Tutoring Programs - Mathematics

Math Success

Grades First – Sixth

We believe that all students can learn and achieve great success in math, and we help them believe that, too.  The primary goals of the elementary mathematics program are to develop in each student the skills of problem solving, critical thinking, and to establish a firm foundation of basic computation and mathematical reasoning.

Our math curriculum builds a sound understanding of mathematics at the conceptual level and encourages students to not just “do” math, but to use it in a real world context.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Monday, July 8, 2013

Reasons for the seasons - Rebecca Kaplan

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Why do some regions experience full-time heat while others are reckoning with frigid temperatures and snow? And why are the seasons reversed in the two hemispheres? Rebecca Kaplan explains how the shape of the Earth's orbit around the Sun and the Earth's tilt on its axis affect the amount of sunlight each region receives.

Lesson by Rebecca Kaplan, animation by Marc Christoforidis.

Friday, July 5, 2013

How epic solar winds make brilliant polar lights - Michael Molina

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Why do we see those stunning lights in the northern- and southernmost portions of the night sky? The Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis occur when high-energy particles are flung from the Sun's corona toward the Earth and mingle with the neutral atoms in our atmosphere -- ultimately emitting extraordinary light and color. Michael Molina explains every step of this dazzling phenomenon.

Lesson by Michael Molina, animation by Franco Barroeta.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Weekly Address: Celebrating Independence Day

President Obama commemorates our nation's Independence Day, and recognizes the generations of Americans— from farmers to teachers to entrepreneurs—who worked together to make the United States what it is today

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Our Innovative Approach to Teaching and Learning

Approach to Teaching
Our Core Programs
Our specialty classes are designed to encourage and support the growth of the whole child throughout the process of self-development.
Our enriched curriculum encourages in each child a high degree of competence and interest in foundational academic skills as well as:
  • Visual arts
  • Music appreciation
  • World culture
  • Language

Small groups and individual attention nurture a strong sense of security and self-confidence. The goal of our program is to develop well-rounded, confident children with excellent academic skills who are able to meet the challenges of middle school, high school, and beyond.

Innovative Approach to teaching and Learning
Technology is integrated into The Academy of 21st Century Learning through the use of tablets and flat screen monitors. This allows teachers to bring the world to The Academy through the use of the Internet and allows our students to talk and develop relationships with other students around the world through software applications. While we develop in our children a lifelong joy in learning, we also seek to develop in them the habit of helping and the moral responsibility for seeing beyond their own wants and needs to recognize the needs of others, locally and globally.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Welcome To The Academy of 21st Century Learning Blog

The Academy of 21st Century Learning transforms lives by uniting the academic standards of reading, writing, math, science, foreign language, and study skills with creativity, leadership, art, and music. By focusing these abilities through curriculum targeted to the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics, our students will become much more competitive when seeking higher educational opportunities and competing in the global marketplace.

We accomplish these goals within a community that affirms positive human relationships and sincere respect for self and others. The Academy of 21st Century Learning nurtures the qualities of self-confidence, integrity, and broad-based academic aptitude.

The Academy of 21st Century Learning combines the skills described above with The Job Journey program which transitions youth to work life readiness. It prepares students for the why-we-do-it-that-way models that businesses use in interviewing. Students learn how to communicate the answers businesses want to hear, without jeopardizing their own values. Through interactive interview questions, the students gain introspection and self-confidence as they define what it is they have to offer to employers, their communities, their families, and themselves. By completing the program, participants will have the confidence and interviewing skills to interview for and successfully obtain the job they want, even over applicants with more experience.

The Job Journey was developed by Barbara Dwyer who has more than two decades experience as a human resource professional and is completely familiar with all aspects of the hiring process. She has spent the over six years delivering her Job Journey program to hundreds of students in high schools throughout northern California in addition to speaking at educational conferences throughout the United States.