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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.

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.

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 […]

Pride and You(th)

Pride and You(th)

Pride Month 2020 is coming to a close, and there is, as always, much to celebrate. There is also much to mourn, including the lives of Riah Milton and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells, two Black transgender women murdered on June 9. Riah Milton was a 25-year-old home health aide who studied at the University of Cincinnati. Dominique “Rem’mie” Fells was a 27-year-old dancer and artist who had dreams of returning to school to study fashion […]

Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Juneteenth!

Happy Juneteenth! The history books glorify Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation for freeing the slaves, but in reality, this only applied to slaves who were on plantations close to Union borders. These slaves escaped their plantations and were...

The Educational Benefits of Roleplaying Games

The Educational Benefits of Roleplaying Games

As we head into the summer months, I wanted to take the time to share the benefits of roleplaying games as a fantastically fun and accessible way to continue your student’s social-emotional learning during the break!

Games are a phenomenal teaching tool in general, but roleplaying games offer a particularly customizable and rewarding experience for kids and adults alike […]

Teaching Students to Think Critically About Bias

Teaching Students to Think Critically About Bias

Culturally responsive teaching is at the heart of our mission to be inclusive at EPIC Academy. And while we take many steps to implicitly create a sense of belonging within our walls (such as carefully constructing lesson materials to include a variety of perspectives and representation, teaching about a diverse array of historical figures, etc), we also understand the importance of teaching students to explicitly recognize bias from a young age […]

Black Students Matter

Black Students Matter

I know that I typically post something lighthearted on Monday mornings, but this is too important to ignore. Our Black students matter, and I don’t want to go another moment without saying it to them directly. These recent events have served as a chilling reminder of the pervasive culture of oppression our country perpetuates. I know that I cannot even claim to imagine the pain some of our students are feeling or the fear that must reside in them constantly. I know that some of you must be having difficult, but necessary conversations in an attempt to explain the injustice of privilege to your young ones […]

The Joys and Challenges of Remote Learning

The Joys and Challenges of Remote Learning

As an educator, there are many things I am mourning during the current health crisis. I miss my classroom, the space that I spent all year creating and making our own. I miss the school library and the countless other resources available within school walls. I miss little moments with my coworkers: shared smiles and high fives to celebrate a student’s victory. I miss being on my feet all day. I am not accustomed to spending hours in a computer chair. Most of all, I miss my students […]