Curriculum and Instruction
At MHA, we provide a wide range of intellectually challenging academic experiences designed to promote the development of students who are well prepared and highly motivated to pursue positions of leadership. The goals of our program are:
Real World Experience
To address the academic, physical and emotional needs of our students, so they are able to develop a sense of well-being, self discovery, and a respect for and appreciation of their own culture and those of their classmates
To cultivate a culture of inquiry, reflection and collaboration, where students think critically and communicate clearly
To create a nurturing child-centered environment where students learn through relevant, real-world experiences
To recognize the interconnections of subject matter across academic disciplines
To cultivate a technology-rich environment that effectively integrates educational technology into classroom instruction
To build a connected community of learners, composed of parents, student, teachers and the community at large
MHA promotes the use of technology to support a climate in which academic excellence and life-long learning are valued by all.
The integration of technology throughout the curriculum creates a growth-oriented environment, characterized by collegiality, collaboration and inquiry and guided by the rich resources that technological advances provide.
Technology is a tool that can support close contact between students, parents, school and the community at large. At MHA every student recognizes him/herself as a high order, critical thinker and problem solver skilled in the use of modern technology and well prepared to participate in the global community of learners.
Blended school models mix online and face to face learning in a digital learning environment in order to increase student achievement by freeing students to learn at their own pace, using differentiated teaching roles, and increasing credit accumulation and on-time graduation (NYCDOE, 2009).
Blended learning integrates face to face (individual, small group, large group) and online learning and media, instructional modalities and methods, to personalize the teaching and learning process (Bonk and Graham, 2009).
Blended learning can be seen as an effort to combine the social aspect of face to face communication with media accessible web-based environment, and maximize the benefits of both models (Delialioglu and Yildirim, 2007).
As a school, we will use iLearnnyc.net and the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to blend face to face instruction with the online curriculum. Teachers will modify the online curriculum and assignments as decided by the grade level teams.