American Academy of Strategic Education

ACADEMY E-NEWSLETTER FALL 2019

Check out how our students are doing and what’s coming in our academy this FALL!

Spring Vendor Fair

American Academy Vendor Fair – Friday, March 22, 2019

  • Date/Time: 3/22 (Fri) 2:00pm-4:00pm
  • Place: American Academy of Strategic Education- 28892 Marguerite Pkwy., Suite 260. Mission Viejo, CA (Get direction)

Invite your family and friends. RSVP to receive event raffle tickets for a $100 gift cards and other cool prizes!

21st Century Workforce

“Reading, writing, and calculating are small components to being successful in the twenty-first century workforce. However, what about the less tangible skills like thinking critically, embracing curiosity, and being part of a team?”

Living in the moment can be a refreshing way to seize the day. However, how does a child live in the moment and yet be ready for the future workforce? Some may say a traditional path to a career such as a teacher, an engineer, a doctor, a tradesperson, and a lawyer are enough for children in the future. However, most jobs that will be available for children who are now in Kindergarten are currently not even in existence yet. Looking back thirty years ago, few would predict that technology would be an essential component of the workplace or integrated into our daily lives. Careers are continually evolving, and new opportunities arise for future generations. Reading, writing, and calculating are small components to being successful in the twenty-first century workforce. However, what about the less tangible skills like thinking critically, embracing curiosity, and being part of a team? These attributes can propel a child to deeper understanding and success. Parents want to help prepare their child to lead productive and successful lives. Educators plan vigorously to help their students succeed. Educators thirty years ago would never have guessed how computers, the Internet, and mobile devices would come to be an integral part of a person’s life. Now, they can prepare their students to better use such technology. The technology industry has produced new careers requiring new skillsets. Preparing for an unknown job market is a daunting task; yet, parents and educators have helped children be successful in such career fields as technology by building life skills. Tony Wagner, PhD. of Harvard University has conducted massive amounts of education research in the United States. He has called for educational reform as he finds that our school system has been satiated in the nineteenth and twentieth century learning mindset. Dr. Wagner has challenged parents and educators to view a new paradigm in education and learning that will assist children in the twenty-first century. He has identified “7 Survival Skills for the 21st Century” as the cornerstone of the Project Based Learning for the 21st Century (PBL21), which is a unique approach developed by Anne Shaw.

Source: www.teachthought.com

Dr. Wagner interviewed hundreds of CEOs in businesses, educational institutions, and non-profits. Those interviewed were able to provide valuable data in which Dr. Wagner found a common thread in their statements. The “7 Skills Students Will Always Need” were then derived: Curiosity and Imagination; Initiative and Entrepreneurship; Agility and Adaptability; Critical Thinking and Problem Solving; Effective Oral and Written Communication; Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence; and Accessing and Analyzing Information. Parents and educators may not know what the future holds for career opportunities, but a present advantage is knowing what skills students will need once they get there. In 2001 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum started to appear. Judith A. Ramaley, who worked with the National Science Foundation from 2001 to 2004, is often considered as the person who coined the term, STEM. STEM has picked up considerable momentum within the past decade as a response to the twenty-first century workforce.

Source: www.teachthought.com

Educational academies — like American Academy of Strategic Education — have identified that parents and educators must visualize a different paradigm in education and have learned that helping students to be successful in the twenty-first century, requires parents, educators, and students to view a different paradigm in education and learning. That is why American Academy incorporates PBL21 lesson concepts into its program, where students are able to collaborate, problem solve, and articulate their answers. In addition, student-led clubs allow children to develop leadership skills, build confidence, and explore their curiosity. The academy’s built-in STEM lessons give students an opportunity to showcase their problem-solving skills. Traditionally in education, teachers begin with the standards and then develop the lesson. Unfortunately, this places barriers to the “7 Skills Students Will Always Need.” Creating projects that students are engaged with should be the main focus — those that provide rigor, opportunities for collaboration to problem solve, and spark curiosity and creativity should be the main focus. The standards will be naturally built into each lesson. American Academy is one such educational institution that believes in PBL21 and carefully designs its curriculum around project-based learning for real-world applications. The word “standards” refers to the minimum level of acceptability. PBL21 lessons provide a broader array of assessing students and goes beyond the minimum standards by encompassing the real-world skills that students need to be successful. 

Source: www.kingscollege.qld.edu.au 

As a result of project-based lessons, students often learn more, achieve high aptitude levels, score high on standardized tests, and are more prepared for the twenty-first century workforce. In addition, student attendance and motivation to learn gradually increase over time. In order to transition from a focus on improving academic testing scores to a more intuitive holistic approach, parents and educators need to have the big picture in mind. Helping children understand the roles they can assume — such as being engaged thinkers, resilient and resourceful learners, creative problem solvers, and active members of the community — provide thinking, social and emotional, and attitudinal skills, such as motivation and self-efficacy, that can be applicable to the twenty-first century workforce. These skills overlap with one another creating a web of understanding that help children adapt to new situations with creativity. Students can seize the day in the twenty-first century workforce with skills rather than content. Albert Einstein once said, “Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.” 

By Roman B. Fernando, Executive Director
American Academy of Strategic Education – Newport Mesa


References:
21st Century Schools
http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/tony-wagner.html
21st Century Schools
http://www.21stcenturyschools.com/what-is-pbl21.html
Education Week
https://www.edweek.org/ew/index.html 

Come See Us at the Irvine Global Village Festival this Saturday at the O.C. Great Park

American Academy of Strategic Education will be presented this Saturday (10/12) at this year’s Irvine Global Village Festival. Our exhibition booth will be locating inside the Kids Village at booth #57 where most of the kids’ activities will be hosted.

To celebrate the launch of our Mandarin Immersion program this Fall, children who visit our booth will enjoy building and coloring their own miniature dragon puppets.

Parents who visit our booth will get an opportunity to meet our teachers and the academy directors. In addition, all visitors who stop by our booth can enter a draw for a pair of movie tickets every hour throughout the day of the event.

Tickets to Irvine Global Village Festival are $5 per day, per person for those ages 3 and older. A $20 Family Pass offers one-day admission for up to six people. Tickets are on sale now at irvinefestival.org.

Parking is free, but premier parking closer to the festival site will be available for $10 on-site (cash only).

The Orange County Great Park is at 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine.

To learn more about Irvine Global Village Festival, please click here.

Why Homeschool Your Child?

“Even though the U.S. spends more money per student in relation to other countries on education, it does not translate to students performing better.”

A new haircut, book bag, and binder are but a few items to get before going back to school. The excitement is in the air. The smell of all new things creates a buzz. New friends, new topics, and new experiences await children. While some students will attend traditional brick-and-mortar schools, there has been an increase in educational alternatives such as homeschooling, which offer other children a paradigm shift in learning. In essence, children who are homeschooled have new possibilities that await them with greater parental involvement and a close-nit social network over their traditional schooled peers.

There are a variety of reasons parents choose the path of homeschooling over traditional schooling. Some of which are academic performance; social, emotional, and psychological development; and success in the “real world.” No matter the reason, parents as the primary educator create a systemic relationship in a child’s educational journey while being homeschooled.

With the increase of social pressure, school related environmental risks, and a decline in student achievement, parents have become proactive in setting the pace for their child’s future. According to the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), in 2016 out of 34 countries the U.S. ranked:

  • 27th in mathematics
  • 17th in reading
  • 20th in science

Many feel the education system in the U.S. is trailing behind other developed countries. In addition, some feel that teachers are not on the same level of respect as other developed countries. The public perception of teachers must change. Other developed countries have a “bottom up” approach to policy building where most of the decisions are left for individual schools and teachers. Such is the case in Finland. The U.S. consistently performs near the middle.

Even though the U.S. spends more money per student in relation to other countries on education, it does not translate to students performing better. Parents have noticed the trend and have taken a grassroots approach to ensuring their child is successful based on their child’s needs.

Who else knows their child better than a parent? Parents are able to provide an environment conducive to learning. Parents are able to provide moral instruction building a child’s character. Parents are able to provide a nontraditional approach to learning because they understand their child’s learning style. In essence, parents take great pride in being their child’s primary educator. No wonder there has been an increase in children being homeschooled.

While parents are the primary educator for their children, they are aware that it is necessary for assistance. It takes a village has a humble approach to having a balanced life. There are a variety of resources for parents to take advantage of to help their child. Museums, athletic clubs, fine art classes, tutors, and academic institutions like American Academy of Strategic Education have provided parents greater opportunities to help holistically educate their child.

Finding the right program that best meets the child’s needs may seem daunting. However, parents are able to be proactive in asking the right questions when selecting a program that brings out the best in their child. Finding unique programs that are innovative and have an established reputation is a steppingstone. Next, finding a program that is the best fit provides parents opportunities for a child to grow. Knowing what subjects are offered and the flexibility of the program provides options for children and their parents. Parents are encouraged to ask for tours to visit the facilities with their child, meet the director, and learn more about the program. Understanding how a day is structured, what subjects are taught on which days, and what type of coursework (i.e. project-based and/or technology integration) are but a few questions parents can ask about the program. Last, looking towards your local charter school to subsidize the program is a wonderful way to tap into resources.

Programs, like American Academy of Strategic Education, provide individualized learning. If a child learns quickly, he or she may proceed ahead. Having the opportunity for a child to learn at his or her level is one of the greatest advantages of homeschooling. Likewise, if a child does not learn quickly, having the flexibility to slow down and check for understanding without social pressure is a plus.

Unfortunately, this is not always an option in traditional schools. Furthermore, academies like American Academy provide real-world project-based learning and problem solving. The opportunity for students to apply their academic learning through collaborating with their classmates provides greater chances for deeper understanding.

Parents are seeking the long game. They may ask themselves, “What do I need to do to help my child get into a good college?” Research suggests that college students who were previously homeschooled successfully integrate socially and excel at academics. Almost every college or university has policies for homeschool admissions. In the past, homeschooled students have had to take the GED to enter into secondary education. However, this is not the case anymore. Most colleges and universities are homeschool-friendly and, in some cases, favor those who have been homeschooled. Furthermore, when parents partner with a charter school to help meet their child’s needs, the charter school will not only provide approved vendors like American Academy, but a homeschool teacher who is credentialed to collect student work samples and submit to the charter school to show evidence of learning. Students who are in a charter school would graduate from that charter school into secondary education with the assistance of approved vendors. Hence, parents are given the flexibility to meet their child’s needs in numerous ways.


As a final note, being a parent is never easy. There are days that are victorious and those when introspection is a key to growth. Having a deep connection with your child, understanding their specific needs, and being willing to learn alongside them can help parents succeed. The U.S. has a great opportunity to be an educational leader in the world. It does require a paradigm shift in viewing how education and learning takes place. Understanding that there are numerous possibilities and options for children to grow and learn is a starting point. Hence, as children prepare for a new year of learning, understanding that no two students learn the same and providing the best learning environment for children based on their needs – enhances their retention and knowledge.

By Roman B. Fernando, Executive Director
American Academy of Strategic Education – Newport Mesa


References

Reasons Why Parents Homeschool: https://www.responsiblehomeschooling.org/homeschooling-101/reasons-parents-homeschool/

K-12 Facts:
https://edreform.com/2012/04/k-12-facts/

NHERI:
https://www.nheri.org/homeschool-population-size-growing/

Fact Maps:
http://factsmaps.com/pisa-worldwide-ranking-average-score-of-math-science-reading/

Newport Mesa academy NOW OPEN

American Academy of Strategic Education has an additional location! Newport Mesa academy NOW OPEN! Our new academy is located in Newport Beach and is also conveniently adjacent to other nearby cities of Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Irvine, and Santa Ana.

Visiting American Academy is the best way to decide if your child is a fit for our program. We’d love to show you around! Click the button below to schedule your personal tour today.

What to Expect from a Free Tour

Your personal tour guide will begin your visit by taking you on a tour of our academy and introducing you and your child to our students and teachers. You can expect our students to greet you with a smile and handshake. Teachers will stop and say hello.

Next, your guide will share detailed information about our programs and the student experience, including: classes, clubs, field trips, and educational adventure tours as well as the enrollment process, and charter funding. The entire process will be informative and enjoyable. We look forward to getting to know you.

Newport Mesa – Come visit our new location!

American Academy of Strategic Education – Newport Mesa Now Open!

To better serve our homeschooling families in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Santa Ana, Orange, Tustin, north Irvine, and other nearby cities, we’ve expanded into a new space. We love our new academy and we have settled in nicely. We can’t wait to see you!

We open 5 days a week even in summer. Call us at (949)371-5785 to schedule a tour or just come by to say hello 🙂

AASE Summer Camp 2019

Join us for an exciting summer filled with thrilling and stimulating programs!
No Charter Funds for the Summer? No Problem!

We understand many of you will not be receiving “Summer Charter Funds” this year. To make sure more students are able to enjoy a fun and fulfilling Summer, we are running an additional discount. Sign up today or learn more at our Summer Camp Page.



ACADEMY E-NEWSLETTER APR 2019

Check out what’s new in our academy this month!

Spring Open Houses

Join us at our Spring Open Houses for a Night of Fun for the Whole Family!

Bring the whole family and invite your friends and neighbors to join us for fun night! We will be showcasing our current student’s work and want to give prospective families an opportunity to tour our Academy and ask teachers questions about our programs and classes. Pizza dinner will be served. We’ll see you there! RSVP HERE

How To Enroll

Don’t overthink! It really is that simple to sign up! 

Visiting American Academy of Strategic Education (AASE) is the best way to decide if your child is a fit for our program. We’d love to show you around! Schedule and confirm your reservation now:

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What to Expect

Your personal tour guide will begin your visit by taking you on a tour of our academy and introducing you and your child to our students and teachers. You can expect our students to greet you with a smile and handshake. Teachers will stop and say hello.

Next, your guide will share detailed information about our programs and the student experience, including: classes, clubs, field trips, and educational adventure tours as well as the enrollment process, and charter funding. The entire process will be informative and enjoyable. We look forward to getting to know you.