Our Manhattan schools have continued to invest in technological resources in the classroom and embrace a wide variety of innovative tools and instructional techniques in order to provide students with a cutting-edge education.
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) pilot program is particularly exciting, because of its ability to promote highly individualized and customized learning for our students. MAP allows students to test on a computer and generates subsequent questions based on the student’s answers to the preceding questions. If the student answers correctly, the next question will be harder; if the student answers incorrectly, the next question will be easier. The results of this innovative method of assessing academic progress allows our teachers to measure both individual student progress and overall class performance. Lesson plans can then be tailored to challenge all students accordingly.
Additionally, four of our Manhattan schools have instituted computer coding classes into their curriculum. Thanks to a generous private donation, Incarnation School in Washington Heights joined Transfiguration School, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Stephen of Hungary in implementing a computer programming and coding course. These innovative curriculum improvements underscore the Manhattan region’s passionate commitment to equipping our students with the necessary STEM skills to compete in our global economy.
Our Lady Queen of Martyrs (OLQM) in Inwood has also capitalized on its extremely unique facility by implementing an experiential biology program. Besides housing a greenhouse on the roof of the school building, OLQM encourages interactive learning with its “animal friendly atmosphere” and introduces students to meteorology by incorporating a “WeatherBug” station, also on the roof, into their science curriculum.
Lastly, our schools have also achieved innovative improvements to their “more traditional” educational resources. For example, in October, the School of the Blessed Sacrament on the Upper West Side celebrated the opening of its newly renovated library—the Rosalie MacWilliam Memorial Library—an inspiring study and learning space for students to further their intellectual growth.