Brooklyn Generation School Students Participate in "Meet the Builders" Program!
On May 11, students from Brooklyn Generation School (BGS) recently attended the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC) "Meet the Builders" event. The four-hour event featured a panel discussion and
BGS Students participate in "Rapid Engineering Challenge" at the DDC.
Q&A session with engineers and architects from the DDC, and breakout groups in which BGS students worked with DDC staff to build small-scale sustainable structures as part of "Rapid Engineering" challenges to promote teamwork. The challenge was designed to enhance their ability to work together, think quickly, and communicate. The activity and the panel discussion provided students with insights into
how engineers and architects work together on projects, and the education pathways to prepare for these professions. During the panel discussion, students had an opportunity to question DDC professionals about projects they have worked on, their interests, career goals, and experiences in technically oriented positions at DDC as part of considering their own post-secondary choices.
Yoga Events Continue at Westgate Community School!
Middle school students gathered in the gym at Westgate Community School on May 15 for the opportunity to practice the benefits of yoga and mindfulness. As a part of a continued effort to provide students with positive strategies for coping with stress and emotions, GSN partnered with Westgate Community School,Sound Off and Agoge Sport to host two "silent" yoga classes. Agoge Sport provided yoga instructors who guided students through a student-friendly yoga practice that allowed them to practice movement with mindfulness.
Sound Off provided equipment to create a unique yoga experience for the students. The guided session uses wireless headphones to connect with students allowing the room to remain silent. External distractions are eliminated as only the music and instructor's voice are heard through the headphones. Each session is an exciting and captivating experience
that's tailored to the students' abilities and needs. Taylor Ames, Agoge Sport Co-Founder, said, "The event was a wonderful opportunity to hang out with and teach kids the benefits of mindfulness and yoga. To be able to share those benefits with students at a young age provides them with a foundation for strategies they can use throughout their whole life."
Taylor Ames of Agoge Sports guides students through a yoga practice.
Is your school staff wondering how to better mitigate the effects of mobility on student achievement?
Mobility in school-aged children refers to a student changing schools during the academic year. It is fairly common in high-poverty urban
schools to have more than half of the student body turn over within a single school year according to a recent article in EdWeek. Similar situations can occur in rural communities with high migrant worker populations. The most common causes of student mobility are residential moves related to parents' jobs or other financial instability, according to the National Education Policy Center. To access GSN's resources on how schools can help students who move frequently, visit our Student Success Journey Website's pagehere.
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