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Adulting 101 - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Monday 9:00 am 06:00 am 9th - 12th Apr 20, 2020 14

$250.00

Being an adult isn’t easy, but it can be a little easier with some preparation. In this course we will be covering the topics most often cited by older adults as things they wish they had known, or things they think every young adult needs to know to be able to function effectively in the world.

Each class will be an interactive lecture based on the topic for that week. Eva Goldstein-Meola uses a PowerPoint presentation for visual reinforcement as well as videos to demonstrate concepts or complement information being presented.

Homework will be assigned to reenforce concepts learned during class. Expect one hour of homework weekly.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Banned and Burned: Banned Worthy Books - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Thursday 9:00 am 06:00 am 9th - 12th Jan 16, 2020 14

$250.00

Have you ever wondered what calls for a book to be banned? How could anyone burn a book? Isn’t that considered opposition of free speech? This course is the study of several works that have been banned by various agencies, countries, or groups at some point in time. We will explore these works to discover what messages they have for our culture and why in the world they have banned and burned!

1984 challenges authority and government. Many schools and libraries banned The Catcher in the Rye for being negative and undermining authority. The Grapes of Wrath was banned by countries such as Ireland and Turkey accusing sellers of spreading propaganda. How The Passage to India tests racial prejudices was too much for some.

Due to gravity of content and language used in some of these novels, this course is best suited for mature dispositions. This course includes reading comprehension and critical thinking. Because of the dialogue nature of this class, students will need a functioning microphone.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Greek Tragedies Drama … Ancient Style - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Thursday 9:00 am 06:00 am 9th - 12th Apr 24, 2020 14

$250.00

Who loves a good tragedy faced with family drama? If these Greek tragedies were staged today, they would be popular among all age groups! This course is the study of an introduction to Greek tragedy as a literary and ritual form through close readings of several Greek Tragedies. We will look at the ideas the tragedies convey, and study details of their staging, culminating in a detailed study and performance of an individual play. Reading will focus attention to poetic language, dramatic technique, and historical/ritual context. During this part of the course, the students will express themselves creatively and intuitively. Because of the dialogue nature of this class, students will need a functioning microphone.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Erin Forte-Froehling

Ten Terrific Ted Talks! Don’t say that ten times fast! - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Monday 9:00 am 06:00 am 9th - 12th Jan 13, 2020 9

$250.00

It is rarely possible to bring world class guest speakers in to school to lecture students about their chosen field of expertise. It is, however, easy to bring their ideas and their passions direct to your students. This is what this class is all about!

In Ten Terrific Ted Talks, we are going to watch, discuss, analyze and debate various topics that are presented in ten amazing Ted Talks*. This class will combine psychology, social sciences, writing, current events and more! It is a discussion-based class so please make sure your child comes to class prepared to talk!

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the language in the TED TALKS might not be the “normal classroom language” that I use during class. There might be some “foul language” and/or “inappropriate language”. Please make sure your child understands that I do not teach or use this language. The TED TALKS are other people’s words.

*TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

An Introduction to World Religions - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Monday 11:00 am 08:00 am 7th - 10th Jan 13, 2020 15

$250.00

Across the globe, people have asked questions such as:

● Where/How did the world begin?
● Who are we?
● What is our purpose is in life?

These questions, when viewed through the prism of different religious traditions, have a variety of answers. Throughout human history, religion has played a role in history, literature and current events. Without a basic understanding of various religious traditions, students often can’t relate to what they read in fiction and non-fiction texts. In this survey class, we will explore some of the major faiths practiced by people worldwide. For each one studied, we will learn about:

● Sacred objects
● Festivals
● Traditions
● Sacred places
● Rites of passage.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Can You Dig It? Introduction to Archaeology - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 8th - 12th Jan 15, 2020 15

$250.00

Believe it or not, one day people will be digging through our trash trying to figure out who we were as a society! Archaeology is the study of past societies, their customs, behaviors and practices through the buildings and artifacts that they have left behind. Together we will explore archaeological theory, method and practice. We will also discuss archaeological ethics and our responsibility towards preserving our past.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Samantha Star

Design is a Journey of Discovery Introduction to Interior Design - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Thursday 11:00 am 08:00 am 9th - 12th Apr 24, 2020 14

$250.00

Interior design isn’t just about picking colors and décor! Design requires creative thinking and problem solving. We will discuss floor plan evaluation, area planning, choice of materials, furniture, budgeting and much more! In this class students will learn to use a variety of online tools to design floor plans, mood boards and their own lighting and fabric.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Samantha Star

Introduction to Deaf Culture - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Thursday 11:00 am 08:00 am 7th - 12th Jan 16, 2020 14

$250.00

Can hearing people be a part of the Deaf community? Why are cochlear implants so controversial? Are Signed Exact English, American Sign Language, and Pidgin Sign all the same thing? In what ways are Deaf people and people with disabilities similar and different? What type of careers can I obtain working with Deaf people?

These are a few of the many questions we will answer this semester. This course is designed to introduce you to the most important aspects of the American Deaf experience. We will expose the history, contributions, and contemporary lives of Deaf people in America.

Using an interdisciplinary approach, we will address topics such as the diversity of Deaf people, Deaf cultural norms, Deaf arts, and Deaf international communities. This course will provide you will a foundation in which future Deaf Studies classes will expand.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Selena Robinson

Introduction to Psychology and the Brain - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 9th - 12th Apr 23, 2020 15

$250.00

Have you ever wondered what makes us tick?

Some may say it is our heart, but what about our brain?

What role does it play in who we are and the choices we make?

Introduction to Psychology will introduce students to human nature. We will explore the brain’s anatomy, understand the history of psychology and the various points of view that have existed over time. We will delve into experience, emotion, learning, behavior and psychological disorders through readings, videos, research and lectures. The class will observe a live dissection of a brain, performed by the teacher (with possibility to follow along at home).

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Samantha Star

Introduction to Start Ups - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 8th - 12th Apr 22, 2020 15

$250.00

What is a start-up? Is it a full-fledged business? Is it an idea? Is it both?

Israel is considered by the world the start-up nation and more products and designs began their life in Israel. Jonathan Meola has been a part of this world in one capacity or another for a large part of his adult life. He is excited to share with students the concept behind start-ups.

What is a start-up?

How do you come up with the next great idea?

How do you get investors?

What happens when you sell the start up?

Introduction to Start Ups is so much more than just a business class. Entrepreneurial education is slowly but surely becoming more mainstream. It is a class to inspire, make your move, fulfill your vision, look at your goal. Yes, you can be the Startup Hero!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Making Sense of Math - Foundational Math Skills Level for Grades 3-6 - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Thursday 11:00 am 08:00 am 3rd - 6th Jan 16, 2020 15

$250.00

Does math sometimes seem like a foreign language?

Does your child struggle with math?

Does it ever feel like a battle to get him or her to focus?

If so, I completely understand. Learning math can seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. That’s where I come in! I’ve been developing systems for almost a decade to fill math gaps in record amounts of time. I’m a huge fan of many math curriculums, but no matter how much we search and compare curriculums, they all have gaps that need to be filled. I have developed this class to do just that. I have targeted and planned an engaging math program that will help your child truly connect with and master math skills. It’s not enough to simply do math, we need to teach children to apply math. I invite you to allow me to help you child learn to love math on a higher level

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Perspectives: Combining IEW Writing with Classic Short Stories (Session 2) - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 6th - 9th Jan 15, 2020 7

$250.00

In literature, characters become our friends. We can sympathize or celebrate with them. We feel their joys, sorrows and pain. In this class, Perspectives, your child will embrace the world of Short Stories. We will delve deep into these pieces of literature analyzing, discussing and writing about the details pertaining to these stories. The writing will consist of three 5-paragraph Expository Essays and two Creative Writing assignments.

It is strongly encouraged that students have taken at least one year of Eva Goldstein-Meola’s Middle School IEW Writing Class (or the equivalent) as those writing skills will be utilized. If your child has not taken Eva’s MSW class, the alternative is that your child feels comfortable writing a 5-paragraph essay. If you have questions, please contact Eva at eva@opententacademy.com.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One to participate in Session Two. One semester of Perspectives equals a half a year Language Arts (literature and writing) class. Each semester covers new short stories and essays. If you are looking for a full year of literature and writing, it is STRONGLY encouraged to register for BOTH session 1 and 2 simultaneously.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Profiles from History (Session 2) Heroes of America’s Growth and Freedom - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Monday 11:00 am 08:00 am 2nd - 5th Jan 13, 2020 14

$250.00

The greatest connection we can have throughout history is the human one. Together, in Profiles in History, the students and I will take a unique perspective on each historical figure by sharing some of the lesser known facts that you may not have heard before. As we learn about each individual, we will focus on the strength of his/her character. You will notice that I won’t merely focus on the achievements in battle, but more on their strength of character. The goal is to connect with the person – not just the history.

During session two, we will learn about authors, scientists, statesmen and everyday people that made a significant difference in the world around them and forever changed the future. We will begin around the year 1770 and continue through the 1930s.

This class will combine history, reading comprehension, critical thinking, reading activities, timelines and creativity! I can’t wait to have your child join me in this fabulous adventure meeting people from all different times and places.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Three to participate in Session Two. All Profiles in History classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Profiles from History (Session 3) Leaders who Changed Worlds Both Large and Small - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Monday 11:00 am 08:00 am 2nd - 5th Apr 20, 2020 14

$250.00

The greatest connection we can have throughout history is the human one. Together, in Profiles in History, the students and I will take a unique perspective on each historical figure by sharing some of the lesser known facts that you may not have heard before. As we learn about each individual, we will focus on the strength of his/her character. I have included some people who stories you may not have heard, but they certainly deserve or admiration. The goal is to connect with the person – not just the history.

During session three, we will learn about authors, inventors, statesmen, everyday people and war heroes that made a significant difference in the world around them and forever changed the future. We will begin around the year 1750 and continue through the 1950s.

This class will combine history, reading comprehension, critical thinking, reading activities, timelines and creativity! I can’t wait to have your child join me in this fabulous adventure meeting people from all different times and places.

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Two to participate in Session Three. All Profiles in History classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Ten Days to Research Writing - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Wednesday 11:00 am 08:00 am 6th - 10th Apr 22, 2020 14

$250.00

Throughout your child’s education, your child will be asked to write research papers. This CAN be done without tears and tantrums! All you need is a step-by-step method. In this class, we will begin with simple, one paragraph research papers and progress until we write a five-paragraph, multi-source research paper using the IEW method of writing.

Students will learn about

• how to brainstorm potential research topics and subtopics
• how to locate and cite credible research sources
• how to write a spell-binding dramatic opening
• how to write a thesis
• how to write a final clincher
• how to write topic and clincher sentences for body paragraphs
• how to write a transitional bridge
• how to use stylistic techniques within their research paper
• how to avoid banned words
• how to write a bibliography/works cited using MLA format

and so much more.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

You Decide! Applying Court Cases to the Bill of Rights - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Monday 11:00 am 08:00 am 7th - 10th Apr 20, 2020 15

$250.00

The United States Constitution was drafted in Philadelphia in 1787 at the Constitutional Convention. However, many delegates felt that the document was not truly complete, since it did not include a list of rights that offered people protections from abuses of power by the government. These delegates felt that the lack of these rights would prevent ratification by the States, and after further deliberations, crafted ten Amendments to the Constitution that are known collectively as the Bill of Rights.

In this survey class, we will explore the Bill of Rights, using cases and examples covering the first eight Amendments, that will cover both the Founders’ intent and further interpretation by the judiciary.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Beyond Worksheets: Grammar, Punctuation, Editing – Oh My! - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 5th - 9th Apr 22, 2020 15

$250.00

Who remembers the dreaded WARRINER’S GRAMMAR textbook that almost every high school student used? Yup – you know the one! The small, thick book that had grammar exercise after grammar exercise. Don’t panic. This course is NOT that.

In Beyond Worksheets, students will be an active learner in understanding the rules of the English Language, and then, provide examples demonstrating their knowledge of the rules. Students will be engaged through videos, games and activities as well as creating an interactive notebook, which will serve as a resource for referring to grammar rules in the future.

Please note – students will NOT master every rule in 10-weeks; however, this course is intended to open their eyes, introduce them to the rules and help them develop a resource to refer to in the future.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session Three) - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Tuesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 2nd - 5th Apr 21, 2020 14

$250.00

Exploring American History with American Girls combines reading, comprehension, literary elements, discussions, history, research, geography, timelines, culture and presentation skills into one fabulous age-appropriate class that will have your children begging for more! The kids who have taken this class LOVE it!! We have FUN learning!

During session three, students will explore United States History from 1914 to 1970s. We will learn about (and read) the following topics (and books):

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Jewish Immigration to New York City - Meet Rebecca
The Great Depression - Meet Kit
World War II - Meet Molly
Social Changes of the 1970s - Meet Julie

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Two to participate in Session Three. All Exploring American History with American Girls classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Exploring American History with American Girls (Session Two) - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Tuesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 2nd - 5th Jan 14, 2020 12

$250.00

Exploring American History with American Girls combines reading, comprehension, literary elements, discussions, history, research, geography, timelines, culture and presentation skills into one fabulous age-appropriate class that will have your children begging for more! The kids who have taken this class LOVE it!! We have FUN learning!

During session two, students will explore United States History from 1853 – 1904. We will learn about (and read) the following topics (and books):

French Influence/New Orleans - Meet Cecile
Swedish Immigration - Meet Kirsten
Civil War/Underground Railroad - Meet Addy
Industrial Revolution - Meet Samantha

NOTE: You do not have to take Session One and/or Session Three to participate in Session Two. All Exploring American History with American Girls classes are STAND ALONE classes. You can take them in any order!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Extraordinary People from History - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Monday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 5th - 8th Apr 20, 2020 14

$250.00

In this class we are going to highlight the lives of important people during history. We will explore a brief biography of their life, the society and culture that shaped them and what contributions they made in their field. We will discuss how their lives would be different if they had been born in a different time and culture.

The first part of each class will be a biography of the person’s life via lecture, videos and recordings. The second part of the class will be an open discussion of what our thoughts about the person and what we can learn to implement in our own lives.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Famous Speeches in American History - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Tuesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 6th - 9th Apr 21, 2020 14

$250.00

Historic speeches can teach us a tremendous amount about the past history as well as the people who said these words. They can educate us about pivotal moments, triumphs, failures, challenges and accomplishments a nation has experienced during different eras. The history of the United States has been characterized by many speeches which have precipitated changes and impacted the way American interact with their leaders, neighbors and the rest of the world. Americans in every century have lent their ears to impassioned voices that have stirred, challenged, convicted and profoundly affected the conscience of our nation. These speeches have shaped American history with bold ideas, designed to persuade and influence discourse during difficult and prosperous times – creating a better nation for all Americans.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Geology Rocks! Introduction to Geology - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 2nd - 5th Apr 22, 2020 15

$250.00

While geology rocks, geology isn’t just about rocks. The science of geology deals with the earth’s physical structure and substance, its history and the processes acting on it. These processes include volcanoes, earthquakes, rocks, mountains, oceans etc. Together we will travel to the top of active volcanoes, survey earthquakes throughout history, climb to the very top of the tallest peaks on the planet and dive to the bottoms of our oceans. So pack your bag, put on a pair of comfortable walking shoes and join me as we look at planet Earth through the eyes of a geologist!

Students will be encouraged to dream big as they prepare for OTA’s virtual Science Fair held in the Spring of 2020.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Samantha Star

Not Your Grandmother’s Hobbies: A Modern Approach to “Older” Skills - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Thursday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 4th - 8th Jan 16, 2020 15

$250.00

Do you want to be creative while also learning some of the “lost” arts?

Many of these skills are making a comeback and are trending on social media such as Instagram. Perhaps this is partially because society is recognizing the power of creativity and the meditative properties of these hobbies. In fact, when we are allowed to express ourselves and make creative choices, we often demonstrate more self- control in our lives. These hobbies are great life skills and can even spark an entrepreneurial spirit within us.

During this class, we will learn the basics to 3 needlecraft hobbies. 1. Sewing 2. Crochet 3. Knitting. Students will leave each unit with a totally awesome creation of their very own. I will do my best within each unit to allow student choice so that they end up with amazing and fun results!

BOTH BOYS AND GIRLS ARE INVITED (and encouraged) TO PARTICIPATE!!!

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Strong Males: Coming of Age - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 7th - 10th Jan 15, 2020 12

$250.00

In “Coming of Age”, we are going to focus on two novels – both involving choices and decisions that teenagers made. Students will be actively engaging in pre-reading, reading, comprehension, discussion, analysis and writing activities to go with both novels. Students should expect approximately 2 - 3 hours of homework weekly, which will involve both reading and writing.

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

Parents need to know that this story of peer pressure, rebellion, and identity centers on two rival groups of teens, the lower-class "outsider" Greasers and the more well-heeled, popular Socs (short for Socials). It includes fighting, underage drinking, delinquent behavior, a rumble, a fatal stabbing, and a suicide. But the indelible characters and compelling story have consistently hooked middle school kids, teens, and reluctant readers since The Outsiders was first published in 1967. This book appeals to preteens (many read it in sixth grade) because that's the time when kids break into social cliques and life becomes tribal. The feelings of being ostracized are timeless -- which is why this book is still so relevant more than 40 years after its original publication.

The Outsiders was a controversial book at the time of its publication; it is still currently challenged and debated. It was ranked #38 on the American Library Association’s Top 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990–1999. This book has been banned from some schools and libraries; however, in many United States schools, the book is part of the English curriculum at the middle- or high-school level.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

Various parties have asserted that the novel implies homoeroticism between Gene and Finny, including those who endorse a queer reading of the novel, and those who condemn homosexuality as immoral. For example, the book was challenged in the Vernon-Verona-Sherill, NY School District (1980) as a "filthy, trashy sex novel"[1] despite having no substantial female characters (and describing no sexual activity).

Though frequently taught in U.S. high schools, curricula related to A Separate Peace typically ignore a possible homoerotic reading in favor of engaging with the book as a historical novel or coming-of-age story.[2] Knowles denied any such intentions, stating in a 1987 newspaper interview:

"Freud said any strong relationship between two men contains a homoerotic element...If so in this case, both characters are totally unaware of it. It would have changed everything, it wouldn’t have been the same story. In that time and place, my characters would have behaved totally differently."

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

The History of Rock ‘n Roll - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 8th - 12th Apr 22, 2020 15

$250.00

Discover the history of rock ‘n roll in more detail that you can imagine. In Rock History, you will learn where rock music started, how it evolved, its highs and lows, its outlaws and visionaries and how it changed social history by combating racism and challenging the establishment with alternate lifestyle and fashions. You will get a chance to explore many of the revolutionary artists who defined rock ‘n roll as well as the unsung heroes in genres from rockabilly to psychedelia, punk, metal and beyond. You will learn about the musical and business trends in rock, major technological innovations, the prime innovators and the historical context that has seen rock alternately flourish and struggle over the past sixty years.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star: Introduction to Astronomy - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Wednesday 1:00 pm 10:00 am 3rd - 6th Jan 15, 2020 15

$250.00

Astronomy is more than just stars in the sky: it’s the big bang, the milky way, telescopes and much, much more! Together we will study the planets and their moons, comets, galaxies and space! Students will explore the four corners of our galaxy and we will discuss what could possibly be out there in a classroom far, far away.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Samantha Star

Beyond Reading Boot Camp - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Thursday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 5th - 7th Apr 24, 2020 15

$250.00

Do you desire to become a stronger reader?
Are you ready to up-level your reading, writing, and thinking?
If you’re a parent, do you want these things for your learner?

In this class, we will definitely do all of this! We will celebrate our love of reading and work on our higher-level reading skills simultaneously. This class will be operated in a way that starts with basic comprehension skills, yet builds on several areas of critical reading skills so that multiple levels of readers can work together to improve their individual reading abilities- And YES, we will have FUN!

My aim is to identify and close the reading gaps in my students’ abilities. My private tutoring students generally improve one grade level in their reading level with just 10-12 hours of instruction, so I’m excited about this group format!

This course focuses on higher- level thinking and reading skills; this includes more inferencing, summarizing, drawing conclusions, etc. In addition, we will practice test taking skills such as finding evidence and rereading to gain clarity. Everything in this class aims to allow an opportunity for students to gain and grow healthy reading habits.

In this class, we will be learning growth-mindset and higher-order thinking/ literacy skills and will aim to provide a framework so that every student will end the course with a brighter spark for reading.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Hidden Figures: The Women who Changed NASA Forever - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Monday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 5th - 8th Apr 20, 2020 11

$250.00

Hidden Figures is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program; however, until now, did not receive the credit they deserved.

Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rulers, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

I am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Monday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 6th - 9th Jan 13, 2020 9

$250.00

In this class, we are going to study about Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner’s life. We are going to combine reading, comprehension, discussion, history, culture, geography and so much more into this amazing class.

Malala Yousafzai was only ten years old when the Taliban took control of her region. They said music was a crime. They said women weren't allowed to go to the market. They said girls couldn't go to school.

Raised in a once-peaceful area of Pakistan transformed by terrorism, Malala was taught to stand up for what she believes. She fought for her right to be educated. And on October 9, 2012, she nearly lost her life for the cause: She was shot point-blank while riding the bus on her way home from school.

No one expected her to survive.

Now Malala is an international symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner. In this Young Readers Edition of her bestselling memoir, which has been reimagined specifically for a younger audience and includes exclusive photos and material, we hear firsthand the remarkable story of a girl who knew from a young age that she wanted to change the world -- and did.

Malala's powerful story will open your eyes to another world and will make you believe in hope, truth, miracles and the possibility that one person -- one young person -- can inspire change in her community and beyond.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

Reading Boot Camp - Winter 2020 Winter 2020 Thursday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 5th - 7th Jan 16, 2020 14

$250.00

Do you desire to become a stronger reader?

Are you ready to up-level your reading, writing, and thinking?

If you’re a parent, do you want these things for your learner?

In this class, we will definitely do all of this! We will celebrate our love of reading and work on our reading skills simultaneously. This class will be operated in a way that starts in the beginning, yet builds on several areas so that multiple levels of readers can work together to improve their individual reading abilities- And YES, we will have FUN!

My aim is to identify and close the reading gaps in my students’ abilities. My private tutoring students generally improve one grade level in their reading level with just 10-12 hours of instruction, so I’m excited about this group format!

This course focuses on the five components of reading that is differentiated for this age group. It is for readers who find reading to be more difficult than fun.

The primary skills include reviewing phonics, fluency, writing in response to reading, and comprehension.

***Students can take this class multiple times because it is different each time. I differentiate leering so that each student gets what he or she needs.

In this class, we will be learning literacy skills and will aim to provide a framework so that every student will end the course with a brighter spark for reading.

NOTE: Registration deadline is December 30, 2019.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Ashley Matheny

Starting at the Very Beginning: A Jump Start to IEW Writing - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Wednesday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 3rd - 7th Apr 22, 2020 13

$250.00

Are you looking for a SOLID jump start for whatever writing classes you choose for 2020 – 2021 school year? If so, this is it!

Eva Goldstein-Meola, certified IEW specialist as well as seasoned reading/writing teacher with over 30 years of teaching experience, is leading this interactive, introductory class geared towards elementary to middle, and/or upper elementary level students. In this class, students will focus on brainstorming, note taking and writing both fiction and nonfiction pieces. Writing structures can include summarizing nonfiction, narrative summaries, beginning story writing using narrative summaries and beginning report writing. Simultaneously, students will also learn how to implement various stylistic techniques to increase description, as well as remove banned words (overused, boring words) from their writing. Students will receive approximately 30 minutes of homework daily.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Eva Goldstein-Meola

The Role of Women During the Revolutionary War - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Wednesday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 9th - 12th Apr 22, 2020 15

$250.00

When discussing past history, we tend to hear what the men did. It is typically always about the men. However, the truth of the matter is that without women the men wouldn’t be able to do what they did.

This class will explore the role of women during the Revolutionary Era. We will take a look at women’s roles, expectations and struggles of the American women of this time period. Our studies will be centered around the textbook, Women of the Republic, by Lind K. Kerber (please note this is written at college level). There will be weekly reading assignments, PowerPoint lectures, pintable notes (available before every class) and guided discussion. Each student will be responsible for reading the chapter to be discussed before each class.

NOTE: The textbook we are using is written at college level.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Women in History - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Tuesday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 5th - 8th Apr 21, 2020 15

$250.00

History tends to be made up of important men. This class will be different. The entire 10-week class is made up of important women from various points in history.

During each class, we will explore a brief biography of a different woman. Together, we will explore their life, the society and the culture that shaped them. We will also examine what contributions they made in their field. We will discuss how their lives would be different if they had been born at a different time.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola

Women Mathematicians and Scientists from 1700 - 1900 - Spring 2020 Spring 2020 Monday 3:00 pm 12:00 pm 7th - 10th Apr 20, 2020 15

$250.00

Although it often seems that the world is powered by men, this is not the case. Throughout history, women have left their impact in all fields – including science and mathematics.

During this course, we will explore a brief biography of the life, the society and culture that shaped these women. Additionally, we will discuss what contributions were made in their field. We will discuss how their lives would be different if they had been born in a different time and culture and how their contributions were received by society at the time.

NOTE: Registration deadline is April 6, 2020.

Weeks: 10

Instructor: Jonathan Meola