The New York Fashion Week has proven to be monumental in the world of fashion and is responsible for shedding light on some of the hottest, modern day talent. Although original and excellent talent can be hard to come by, they have managed to pull it off a record breaking 21 times, each and every year the week has commenced. The Academy of Art University‘s fashion department was responsible for hosting the runway show this year, which took place in Clarkson Square, where everything stylish resided for this spectacular week. Along with two collaborative pieces, the students presented 5 separate womenswear collections and also graced the runway with two outstanding men’s collections. The designers were a diverse group of individuals from across the globe, who came together in a beautiful coexistence to help put on a runway show of a lifetime. The wide variety of creativity, technique, and undeniable mastering of craft was obvious among these young fashion connoisseurs and left the audience excited and begging for more. After years of study, toil, and hard work; these few moments of runway time would change and benefit these budding designers careers in ways they never thought or imagined. They not only displayed their raw talent to their future career partners, but also to their friends, families, and the world.
The Academy of Art University has been happily tucked into its home city of San Francisco for over 80 years. It begun in 1929, and has since been dedicated to developing and facilitating artistic endeavor and creative minds in success. The university is closely linked with the city of San Fran in which it resides, as it has utilized the city, as a pool of abundant inspiration. Many great minds have come out of this quaint place, giving the Academy of Art University much opportunity to gain innovative and “out of the box” thinkers that couldn’t have come from anywhere else. This year, the University was proud to be the main component to the New York Week of Fashion and took the opportunity to proudly flaunt the overflowing amount of talent and ability it has to offer.
The founder and CEO of Success Academy, Eva Moskowitz, believes that the charter school network that she founded carries the social responsibility of promoting it’s finely-tuned ways of educating students. As a result, she has open up a free, online platform where the Success Academy’s lesson plans and methods of instruction are shown.
There are no plans on the table to open up Success Academy Charter Schools outside of New York City, though Moskowitz feels that it is necessary to spread the information about the methods that her schools use. Her schools sport some of the top grades in the country for reading, science and math. The fact that children in her schools succeed so often is important because of the fact that the vast majority of the children who attend Success Academy are children of color; and many children come from low-income backgrounds. Children of color, especially those who are in low income situations and reside in higher risk neighborhoods, generally show a trend of not being as proficient in school subjects. However, Success Academy has successfully formulated teaching methods that take the needs of students into account.
The new special website that Success Academy is providing for educators includes how-to videos, book recommendations, lesson plans that are broken down step by step and planning templates. About 15,000 educators from across the United States received emails promoting Success Academy’s platform. Any educator who signs on will receive invitations to conferences, workshops and training sessions that involve going to the Hudson Yards facility in person. The website was launched with the THINK literacy program. Success Academy places extra emphasis on literacy. According to Moskovitz, literacy is a foundational goal for the curriculum in Success Academy.
Michele Caracappa, Success Academy’s chief academic officer, says that there are not enough books, and that Success Academy takes a lot of time and effort to pick out books that go into classrooms. Because so much consideration has gone into lesson plans and reading material, Success Academy feels that it should share it’s book selections and lessons plans with the world.
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