STEAM Exploratorium is designed to challenge young students to create, solve problems, experiment, test, adapt, collaborate, explain and develop a sense of curiosity as they learn skills and strategies for the challenges of the 21st century, according to Executive Director Cassandra Pinkney.
A school is part of its community and surroundings and is a caretaker of our children, our neighbors, our environment, and therefore, our collective future. We are excited to be able to bring all of these aspirations together when taking on a 92,000-square-foot renovation and addition to Eagle Academy Public Charter School Congress Heights Campus serving pre-kindergarten through third-grade students in Southeast Washington, D.C.
Offer them alternative ways to express their feelings, instead of yelling or mourn. The key? Teach them to use words to explain what is wrong and express their grief, ended Cassandra Pinkney, cofounder of the public charter school, Eagle Academy.
Cassandra Pinkney, the founder of a charter school in Southeast Washington, makes video messages for parents about how to prepare their children for school: Establish a bed-time routine, read with them, eat healthy food, and, with the city’s relaxed position on marijuana use, do not smoke pot around them.
Joe Smith, the chief operating officer at Eagle Academy Public Charter Schools, said his two campuses have 13 mental-health professionals working full time with children and their families. “If a child does not feel safe at school, the child will not learn,” he said.
Pinkney founded Eagle Academy Public Charter School, a pre-K through 3rd grade charter located in a majority African-American neighborhood in Washington. Across the school's two locations, Pinkney has made learning to swim a requirement for the school's more than 900 students, the majority of whom are African-American.
At the 770-student Eagle Academy Public Charter School in Southeast D.C., swimming is not just recreation, it's a requirement. The pre-K through third grade school on Wheeler Road has a pool and several swimming instructors.
Over the past few decades, suspensions and expulsions have become the go-to punishment for disruptive behavior, regardless of age or infraction. As an educator with more than 30 years of experience, I think it is counterintuitive to deny students learning time when they need extra attention.
"Many children who act out are sending a message for help," says Cassandra Pinkney, who spoke in favor of the bill at a hearing today. She runs Eagle Academy Public Charter School. "Acting out is the only way a 3- or 4-year-old has of saying, 'I need help.'"
Founder and Executive Director of Eagle Academy Public Charter School, Cassandra Pinkney, shares in this installation of her Fireside Chats, tips on how to manage extended school breaks with your young children helping to maintain balance while out of the classroom.