On Friday, June 5th Innovation hosted 20 volunteers from Deloitte LLP as part of Impact Day, Deloitte’s company-wide day of service. Thanks to the efforts of Innovation’s Advisory Committee, the Deloitte volunteers, and our dedicated Science Department the day was a success. Volunteers were embedded in Innovation science classes to work with small groups of students throughout the day. Using a lesson designed by Science Department Chair Sean Pawelec, volunteers facilitated activities focused on the importance of lifelong learning including discussion of their own college/career choices and experiences.
- Introductions and Welcome
- Update on school activities & new programs
- Graduation Committee: graduation and related activities
- Summer School plans
- SMT: New programs for next year and strategic plan
4. Student, parent and staff agenda items
The NYC Special Education Collaborative asked Innovation’s Video Journalism After School Club to produce a video exploring their 5th annual conference’s theme: Building An Inclusive Mindset and Practice. The student journalists shot extensive video footage and interviewed school leaders from Innovation and three other NYC charter schools to collect their stories and perspectives on building truly inclusive schools.
This video was produced with the assistance of Innovation video journalism instructors Eric Reyes and Danny Hwang. It premiered to acclaim at the 2015 Annual Special Education Conference at the Baruch College Newman Conference Center on June 4, 2015
In the video, Innovation Vice Principal Dru Collins describes Innovation’s mindset on inclusion and student support: “At Innovation we really take time to get know our students on an individual level, and we try to create a path to a plan that addresses each student’s unique and diverse talents and strengths. We try to build instructional supports around what kids can do rather than what they can’t do.”
The Video Journalism club was proud to contribute to the success of the SPED Collaborative Conference, and to highlight the successful SPED practices employed by Innovation and other New York City charter schools: Broome Street Academy, Hyde Leadership Charter School, and Kipp NYC Public Charter Schools.
Innovation is excited to welcome Aida Hadzialic, Sweden’s Minister for Upper Secondary School and Adult Education and Training, for a visit to our Software Engineering Program (SEP). Representatives of the Office of Postsecondary Readiness at the NYC Department of Education will also attend to discuss the initiative and some of its successes.
The visit will include observation of an SEP class and a demonstration of Innovation’s Green Hub project, which uses software and embedded electronics to cultivate the school’s rooftop garden. With guidance from SEP teachers, students working on the Green Hub project have constructed and programmed electronics to water plants based on soil moisture level, manage supplemental grow lights, and alert students to
relevant temperature changes.