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K-8 STEAM School

Top five free actions to make schools better, and students happier

By Courtney Dickinson Kids often dread their return to school in the fall, and we – as adults – let them. Societally, we have made it a rite of passage to hate school, and we joke with students… Read More

What I did on my summer vacation: the teachers’ version!

We love hearing about what students are up to over summer vacation, be it a cool STEM camp, a great trip with family, or time spent at the beach or in a park. And we’re equally interested in… Read More

Registration for After School Enrichment Programs is Open, and Girls Who Code is back!

Are your kids excited to learn? We’re excited to help! Registration for Acera’s 2019-2020 After School Enrichment Programs is open. Our hands-on, STEAM-based after-school enrichment programs are open to all kids ages 4-15. Classes include programming and robotics,… Read More

Courtney Dickinson on what’s possible in education

Courtney Dickinson sits down with Allen Saakyan of Simulation Series to discuss why she founded Acera, her 10 Tools to Transform Schools, and her mission to help build the next generation of scientists, innovators, and leaders.  

Passion projects on display at IMPPosium!

Inquiry, Making, and Passion Projects were on display at Acera’s June 4 IMPPosium. Student projects spanned a variety of subject areas, including woodworking, game design, art, fashion, computers, history, works of fiction and nonfiction, life sciences, and more…. Read More

Acera students place first in state – and 15th worldwide – in math meet

Students at Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership in Winchester placed first in the state – and 15th worldwide – in the Middle School 1-400 Division of Purple Comet Math Meet. The spring 2019 event… Read More

Creating a sense of purpose at school

By Courtney Dickinson I read an insightful piece in the Boston Globe this week on the link between happiness and having a sense of purpose. Simply put, people with a sense of purpose live longer, happier, and more… Read More

Biomes and Butterflies!

How do land and water ecosystems interact? How are their food webs structured? What role does a pollinator play? These are the questions studied by Acera students in Mr. Michael’s “Biomes and Butterflies” elective. The kids created their… Read More

Five Ways to Spark Flexible Thinking and Courage in Math Class…and Beyond

By Courtney Dickinson What if math was a place where kids’ problem solving and deep thinking skills could come alive, and a place where they grow in their confidence and adaptability?    Mathematics learning at school can be… Read More

Special Delivery: Science!

KIPP Lynn high school is among the first cohort of teachers to receive Acera’s free life sciences training, curricula and equipment, enabling biology students to edit a gene with CRISPR. This is part of our effort to reinvent… Read More