Ina A. Colen Academy is a tuition-free public charter school of choice located in the Calesa Township Community in Marion County, Florida. Founded in 2020, Ina A. Colen Academy serves students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade providing a high-level academic program infused with a concentration in the arts and technology. Please take a moment to explore our website to learn more about our school’s climate, achievements and opportunities.
Project-based learning (PBL) is an alternative to textbook-driven instruction and has been proven to yield positive benefits for students of all ages. Students are more motivated to learn, gain a deeper understanding of academic content, apply skills through practical opportunities, and across disciplines. Studies comparing learning outcomes for students taught via PBL versus traditional instruction also show that when implemented well and with a focus on standards alignment, PBL increases long-term retention of content, helps students perform as well as or better than traditional learners in high-stakes tests, improves problem-solving and collaboration skills, and improves students’ attitudes towards learning.
The process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Social emotional learning and development supports successful behavioral and academic outcomes and is embedded in all we do. At IACA, the social emotional and academic growth of our students are equally important. Social-emotional learning and development has been linked to improved cognition, higher academic achievement, well-being, school engagement, and overall educational success. Through positive development of social emotional skills and competencies, attitudes, beliefs, mindsets, character, and values, students are better equipped to engage in rigorous academic content and learning experiences. Students who are explicitly taught social emotional learning skills will develop a greater appreciation for school and engagement in their education.