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A Novel Take F. Tony Di Giacomo, Ph.D.

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    A Novel Take: Expert Interview - One River School (Carol Ward)

    A Novel Take: Expert Interview - One River School (Carol Ward)

    Today’s expert interview we’re joined by Carol Ward, the Director of the Larchmont, NY branch of the One River School of Art and Design (https://larchmont.oneriverschool.com/), offering arts education for people of all ages and skill levels through their unique, customized project-based curriculum. One River Schools are transforming art education through their classes, camps, exhibitions, and more, providing their students with fun, dynamic opportunities to be creative and engage in personalized learning experiences. We’ll discuss the importance of arts education and creative enrichment, and how students can harness interests and passions like the arts to inform future academic and career interests. Hi, I’m Dr. Tony Di Giacomo from Novella Prep and this is A Novel Take.

    • 12 min
    A Novel Take: Expert Interview - The Pinnacle School (Dr. Alisa Dror & Charlie Manos)

    A Novel Take: Expert Interview - The Pinnacle School (Dr. Alisa Dror & Charlie Manos)

    Today’s expert interview we’re joined by Dr. Alisa Dror, Head of The Pinnacle School, and Charlie Manos, Pinnacle’s Director of Education. The Pinnacle School (https://www.thepinnacleschool.org/) is a Stamford, Connecticut-based school that serves students grades 2-12 with unique learning profiles through individualized programs that meet their intellectual and social needs. We’ll discuss their unique approach to a more holistic student-focused education, and the key to identifying and addressing areas of student underperformance. Hi, I’m Dr. Tony Di Giacomo from Novella Prep and this is A Novel Take.

    • 22 min
    A Novel Take: Expert Interview - Peak Performance Prep (Jared Small)

    A Novel Take: Expert Interview - Peak Performance Prep (Jared Small)

    Today’s expert interview we’re joined by Jared Small, the Director of Programs and Co-Founder of Peak Performance Prep (https://www.peakperformanceprep.com/), an educational enrichment and test prep company based in Rye, NY. Their tutors offer private and class-based AP, SAT, and ACT prep services using a unique team instructional model to provide optimal tutor specialization and customization for your student. We’ll discuss the ins and outs of today’s standardized testing landscape, and how you can prepare your student for this important step on the road to college. Hi, I’m Dr. Tony Di Giacomo from Novella Prep and this is A Novel Take.

    • 22 min
    A Novel Take: Focal Point - Shifting Online: The 3 R’s of Virtual Learning Success

    A Novel Take: Focal Point - Shifting Online: The 3 R’s of Virtual Learning Success

    Today’s focal point: we’re breaking down the 3 R’s of effective studying ( retention, relationships, and responsibility) and helping you and your child adapt, once again, to a fully virtual learning environment. Hi, I’m Dr. Tony Di Giacomo from Novella Prep and this is A Novel Take. 

    • 3 min
    A Novel Take: Focal Point - ‘Fall’ing in Line with College Planning

    A Novel Take: Focal Point - ‘Fall’ing in Line with College Planning

    Today’s focal point: we’ll delve into 3 key components of mindful college planning (narrowing the list, test mapping, & course selection) your student can focus on this Fall to ensure success later on. Hi, I’m Dr. Tony Di Giacomo from Novella Prep and this is A Novel Take.

    • 4 min
    A Novel Take: Expert Interview - Comeback Kids Sports

    A Novel Take: Expert Interview - Comeback Kids Sports

    Today’s Expert Interview we’re excited to welcome Josh Shea, Tyler Robinson, and Rob Abbott of Comeback Kids Sports. Co-founders Josh and Tyler are student-athletes at Hendrick Hudson High School and are joined today by their advisor, Rob. Comeback Kids Sports is a local sports-equipment collection organization working to provide underprivileged youth with the resources and connections to get in the game! We’ll discuss their important mission, and how they created their own opportunity to make an impact during this uncertain time. Hi, I’m Dr. Tony Di Giacomo from Novella Prep and this is A Novel Take.

    • 11 min

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