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A Culture of Thinking
 
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Dear Community Members, Academy Students, and Families: 
We have had over 300 people apply to teach at the Academy, and we are excited to announce that all five of our #1 candidates accepted our offer to teach at the Academy!  In this issue, we highlight our founding English teacher, Derrick Allums. We are so fortunate to have such an experienced, successful teacher join our team. For our curriculum series, we highlight our faculty's Professional Development which describes how our staff will come together through use of our mission and vision.

Check out where the Academy has been spotted throughout the Long Beach community. Remember to visit and like us on
Facebook. Also, the Academy continues to recruit interested families. We have received over 70 applications in the last month, however we are still accepting applications for 2016-2017 freshman. Encourage your friends to apply today!


Keep reading to learn more. 
MEET OUR ENGLISH TEACHER
Derrick Allums is excited to join the faculty of the Academy, after six years with KIPP Bay Area. At KIPP, Derrick's AP English Language & Composition students posted the second highest passage rate in the KIPP network. This achievement is particularly noteworthy because his AP course was open to any student willing to take on the challenge: he had more students take the AP English test than in any other KIPP high school. 

A native of Shreveport, Louisiana and a first generation college student, Mr. Allums earned a BA from UC Berkeley and an MA from Stanford University, where he also taught French language (having previously taught the language at Princeton University). He is passionate about language, student success, and tennis.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
It is our mission that we, as a faculty, are united in integrating the master virtues in a thoughtful and challenging way throughout every learning opportunity. We equip students to think, deeply, carefully, and well, creating a deep understanding of our educational model through the lens of any subject. In order to accomplish this level of excellence, our entire faculty will participate in a professional development before the school year begins. 

The Academy will focus on fostering “intellectual character virtues” like curiosity, open-mindedness, autonomy, intellectual carefulness, thoroughness, intellectual courage, attentiveness, intellectual tenacity, and intellectual humility. These intellectual character virtues are rooted in and flow from a love of knowledge, understanding, and learning, yet each intellectual virtue has its own distinct set of beliefs, attitudes, feelings, and actions.
 
Courtesy of the $2 million John Templeton Foundation grant, all Academy administrators and teachers will embark on a five-day journey that will consist of instruction in the intellectual virtues and their role in education. Dr. Jason Baehr, co-founder of IVA middle school and leading expert on intellectual virtues, will lead this seminar designed primarily to train instructional techniques. 
 
This Pedagogy Seminar will:
  1. Provide time to learn, consider, and think deeply about the impacts of intellectual character development as an educational mission
  2. Develop a firm understanding of intellectual virtues in general and the nine master virtues in particular
  3. Engage in self-reflection and self-assessment aimed at our own growth in intellectual character
  4. Consider how a focus on intellectual virtues would adjust our school-wide approach to instruction and assessment, relationship, and behavior support
  5. Identify the tension created when an intellectual character focus pushes against the overall educational culture, and consider how to confidently and thoughtfully live within that tension with respect to our students and parents. 
This seminars is pivotal to unite our founding faculty as they plan and execute their content goals ensuring our mission; fostering meaningful growth with students, faculty, and staff in the intellectual character virtues in a thoughtful, challenging, and supportive academic environment. 

For more information visit www.intellectualvirtues.org.
ACADEMY IN THE COMMUNITY
The Port of Long Beach gave the City of Long Beach a grant to plant 6k trees in various neighborhoods around the city over the course of six years to improve air quality. So far, 2500 tree have been planted! Crystal Day, Outreach Coordinator, joined with Mayor Robert Garcia, and other local organizations, in planting 100 trees in California Heights a few weeks ago.

The Academy plans to continue to participate in the I Dig Long Beach tree planting events. For more information about joining us for community events, please contact Crystal Day, Outreach Coordinator.

You may have spotted the Academy at the following places in the community since our last newsletter: 
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NOW ENROLLING
The Academy is continuing to accept applications on a rolling basis. There are available spots for interested students. All students who would like to enroll in the Academy must submit an application and complete a registration packet.

We received over 70 applications in the last month, spots are filling up fast. Apply today!

Click below or send an application c/o ACADEMY to 3601 Linden Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90807 to receive your registration materials.
APPLY HERE
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Phone Number: 562.283.4456
Website: www.academylongbeach.org 

James McGrath- Founding Director. 
Summer Sanders- Director of Community Engagement. 
Dr. Michelle Tubbs- Director of Curriculum and Instruction.
Crystal Day- Outreach Coordinator.

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