from the classroom

K-9 STEAM School

Creating a Community Across Classrooms

In a year of hybrid – or even fully remote – learning, Ms. Deborah and Ms. Anastasia used stories to create authentic connections between their classrooms.

Science, Perspective & the Study of Why

A hallmark of Acera is the ability for teachers and students and follow their curiosity. In this video, Acera’s Lab Sciences Specialist Michael Hirsch shares how one student’s question sparked a new science elective.

Heroes, Villains and the Roman Empire

Kids need a safe context to discuss ideas around governance, power, hierarchy, conquest and colonialism, culture, and identity – themes that regularly surface in novel ways in modern social and political discourse, but have been central to the… Read More

Introducing…Acera High School!

By Courtney Dickinson We are pilot-testing a 9th & 10th high school classroom next school year! We have hired a phenomenal teacher and have a growing group of 9th and 10th grade students who have enrolled as our… Read More

From the Mystic to Michigan: Acera students explore scientific and societal impacts on water

Environmental Science and Ecology Specialist Kelly Wilson and Engineering and Maker Space Specialist Tim Bilodeau share how Acera’s Watershed Investigations elective evolved from collecting data at a local river to exploring issues of water access and environmental justice.

Acera students recognized at Model UN Conference

Four students from the Acera School of Winchester earned recognition for Best Delegate, Best Negotiator, and Best Position Paper during the sixth annual Commonwealth Middle School Model UN Conference in April. The event focused on a variety of… Read More

Unpacking the concepts of “hero” and “villain”

Ms. Vered’s class uncovers the motivations of “heroes and villains” while examining Julius Caesar and the dawn of the Roman Empire. Kids need a safe context to discuss ideas around governance, power, hierarchy, conquest and colonialism, culture, and… Read More

Video: We ♥ Acera!

“We love Acera!” In this Thanksgiving video, students, faculty, and staff share what they love about being at Acera. Do you love Acera, too? Consider making a gift to our Annual Fund campaign, and tell your friends about… Read More

Managing election interest – and angst – at school

By Kim Machnik Any election year is a major event in the life of a school. At its best, an election is electrifying. It is an opportunity to witness the democratic process in real time, critically engage with… Read More

Acera’s Michael Hirsch named educator fellow for National Public Radio’s Science Friday

Acera: The Massachusetts School of Science, Creativity and Leadership is proud to announce that Lab Sciences Specialist Michael Hirsch has been named an Educator Fellow for Science Friday, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the public’s access to… Read More