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Learning is Leading

Learning is Leading

At EPIC, we consider our staff to be our community’s lead learners, showing our students that acquiring new knowledge, perspectives, and experiences is a lifelong process that doesn’t end with formal education.

Staff Spotlight: Henryetter Singh

Staff Spotlight: Henryetter Singh

The newest member of the EPIC team, Henryetter Singh, joins us to fill the crucial roles of Administrative Support Staff and Physical Education Teacher. Read on to learn about her wide-ranging experience in education, the many responsibilities she’ll be juggling at EPIC, and her hopes for this unique school year.    

Let’s Learn to Write!

Let’s Learn to Write!

In February of 2020, I had the opportunity to attend a Handwriting Without Tears workshop in Manhattan. It was a reminder not only of how important handwriting instruction is but also of the appropriate techniques needed to provide effective handwriting instruction. The most memorable lesson shared at this workshop was this: We need to be teaching handwriting every day. With that in mind, I would like to share with you what I learned so that families have the opportunity to participate in consistent handwriting instruction at home.

Learning is Leading

Learning is Leading

At EPIC, we consider our staff to be our community’s lead learners, showing our students that acquiring new knowledge, perspectives, and experiences is a lifelong process that doesn’t end with formal education.

Staff Spotlight: Henryetter Singh

Staff Spotlight: Henryetter Singh

The newest member of the EPIC team, Henryetter Singh, joins us to fill the crucial roles of Administrative Support Staff and Physical Education Teacher. Read on to learn about her wide-ranging experience in education, the many responsibilities she’ll be juggling at EPIC, and her hopes for this unique school year.    

Let’s Learn to Write!

Let’s Learn to Write!

In February of 2020, I had the opportunity to attend a Handwriting Without Tears workshop in Manhattan. It was a reminder not only of how important handwriting instruction is but also of the appropriate techniques needed to provide effective handwriting instruction. The most memorable lesson shared at this workshop was this: We need to be teaching handwriting every day. With that in mind, I would like to share with you what I learned so that families have the opportunity to participate in consistent handwriting instruction at home.

Bringing Home Educational Roleplaying Games

Bringing Home Educational Roleplaying Games

Hey, EPIC! In my last post, I shared the education benefits of roleplaying games, but many parents and educators who have never experienced these sorts of games in their personal lives worry they’re inaccessible due to a massive barrier to entry: rules.

Getting Ready for Fall 2020

Getting Ready for Fall 2020

This summer has been like nothing we’ve ever experienced, and I’m sure I’m not alone in feeling overwhelmed by the many uncertainties and unknowns looming ahead of us this fall. The anxiety that has been building throughout the ever-evolving pandemic is oftentimes crushing. So, during this time of so many restrictions and cannots, I wanted to take a moment to share some of the things you can do to prepare your child for the fall semester regardless of the learning model they’ll be adopting […]

Co-Regulation and Connection

Co-Regulation and Connection

I recently attended the Trauma Research Foundation’s Annual Trauma Conference, a three-day event jam-packed with research, workshops, and small group discussions, hosted virtually in response to the current COVID-19 crisis. This colloquium created space for people around the world to share their personal and professional experiences with trauma-work. One theme consistently discussed across a wide range of disciplines was the degree to which trauma affects a person’s neuroception, our subconscious system for detecting danger […]

Introducing the “I Lived It” Series

Introducing the “I Lived It” Series

This year, as one portion of our newly-developing social studies curriculum, we’re doing something extra special for our students and our community. We are finding individuals who have lived through and experienced firsthand some of our most impactful moments in history and asking them to share their stories with us. Some of the events we’re covering are well-known history class staples, while others have been overshadowed by revisionism and whitewashing. We want to empower our students with opportunities to hear about their history from a variety of perspectives in order to approach the world with more empathy and information than any generation that has come before them [..]

How to Have a Safe, Healthy Summer in NYC

How to Have a Safe, Healthy Summer in NYC

Summer is here! Usually this would mean that it’s time to go to our favorite amusement parks, crowded boardwalks, or vacation homes with extended family and friends. As we all know, this summer looks very different from those of the past. We probably shouldn’t be renting Citi Bikes or public paddle boats. We probably shouldn’t be heading to theaters and public pools. We probably shouldn’t take the subway to Coney Island or Rockaway Beach […]

Remote Relationships

Remote Relationships

As I write this, we’ve just wrapped up our remote learning journey. Over the past several months, the ways we learn, teach, and think have been flipped upside down. Students are experiencing brand new methods of learning as educators experiment with and incorporate new tools into their lessons. While fighting the distance, it quickly became clear that now was the time we needed to stay as connected and in-tune with one another as possible […]