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The Magnet School of Innovation and Applied Learning





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