MS-HS Curriculum

Register. Fall Semester Starts August 7th, 2017
Weekend Academy Starts Sept. 3rd

Middle School & High School Curriculum:

Social Studies - OurStory - Culture

"The Spell of Africa is upon me. The ancient power of her medicine is burning in my drowsy, dreamy blood." So said W.E.B. Dubois in 1924.

One of the advanced courses for our high school students and adults this year is called the Spell of Africa. The name comes from a poem of the same name by Dubois. The primary text will be excerpts from scholar Sterling Stuckey's dissertation of the same name.  Though briefly introduced in our foundational course Following Araminta, the students will dig deep into the ideological origins of Black Nationalism in the US.

Understanding our world and the world from the inside out vs. the outside-in, Baba John Henrik Clarke taught us that “All history is a current event.” We want students to feel this, and also know that all of our present actions, including stories and their interpretation, have future consequences.

We want them to read the history clock so that they know where we still must go, and still must be. (Clock). The goal is for us students and all of us to become responsible handlers of power.

When we focus our gaze on other peoples and their culture, we do so from OUR perspective.

Students learn to tell stories from the inside-out and learn to analyze and engage the telling and retelling of past events as warriors, healers, and builders.

Fundamentals of OurStory & Our Culture (Past & Present)

  • Introduction & Prerequisites: History is a Clock | What Makes You Want To Do... | Your Family Story -Seven Generations Back |  Critical Thinking When It's Not Smart To Be Smart | Basic Geography of Africa, Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia | The Topology of Power (Amos N. Wilson-Wekesa Madzimoyo)
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  • Part One: Origins of World Civilizations I & II (200,000 BCE-10, 000 BCE)
  • Part Two: Ancient KMT (35K BCE-500 BCE)
  • Part Three: African Nation States (1000 BCE ) 
  • Part Four: Comparative State History & Gov. (15th-17th Centuries | Geography | Politics)
  • Part Five: Comparative Culture: Us and Us and Them (Various Periods Ancient to Modern)
  • Part Six: The War and The Promise (15th - 18th Centuries: African Resistance to European Invasion)
    • The Spell of Afrika
    • Ayiti

All fundamentals of OurStory students at AYA Educational Institute are required to complete 90 hours of community service with an OurStorical-related service project.  Projects should be either written, oral or digital media in nature. 

Register. Fall Semester Starts August 7th, 2017

Weekend Academy Starts Sept. 3rd

Intermediate OurStory and Our Culture

  • Following Araminta (Harriet Tubman | US OurStory 1820-1913) 
  • Comparative National Governments (Constitutions | Governmental Forms | Relationship)
  • The Economic Conundrum (Debt | Currency | Income Inequality | Democracy)
  • Our own Economies (Black Business | Black Farming | Black Cooperatives | Black Currency - Historically - Presently)
  • The Cultures of the Afrikan Diaspora
  • Resistance To European Aggression and Imperialism 
  • World Geography II 
  • Surrender | Retreat | Integration | Nationalism - Digesting our Contradictions
  • Mind Your Wants - Compliance and Consumption (Bernays: 1920s - Present)
  • Warriors - Healers - Builders (16th - 21st Century in the US, Afrika, and Diaspora )

Advanced OurStory and Our Culture

  • The Ideological Origins of Black Nationalism 
  • The Falsification of African Consciousness
  • US Courts: Oppressors or Liberators
  • Black Labor-White Wealth 
  • The Diversity of Afrika and the Afrikan Diaspora
  • World Diversity - Afrika's Friend or Foe

  • The Dynamics of Domination (Wekesa Madzimoyo| Asa Hilliard | Marimba Ani | Amos N. Wilson)


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Register. Fall Semester Starts August 7th, 2017
Weekend Academy Starts Sept. 3rd

Computer Science:

Raspberry Pi.  Have some. We’re using the amazing Raspberry Pi to facilitate a behind-the-scene understanding of computers and programming. Our goal is to create a coding culture among our students. They may never choose computer programming or computer science for a living; however, we want them to know that what happens on their smartphone, tablets, and computers is not magic or something beyond their comprehension, access or ability to change or create.

Raspberry Pi

It’s a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing, and games. 

It also plays high-definition video. We want to use it to facilitate our children learning programming and hardware connections.

Hardware Connectivity & Basic Electronics 

 One of the brilliant things about the Raspberry Pi is the ability to attach physical hardware to the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO connector.

Example: motor controllers, LEDs, buttons, sensors, microcontrollers, LCDs, ADCs and DACs;  You name it, someone has almost certainly created an add-on board that makes it usable with the Raspberry Pi.

Software Development

Software development is an act of creation, one semicolon at a time; it is also a form of expression and should be treated as such. The software has and still can provide practical solutions (social, economical, cultural, etc.) to the problems of the world. This is what I believe and what I will teach students, enthusiast, and interest groups worldwide.  Sincerely, - Ogun Diran


The Starter League

Neal Sales Griffin: One of the few coding schools in the country is based in Chicago. Its founders don’t look like your typical entrepreneurs in the world of technology. They are black, overriding the stereotype that there are no black tech entrepreneurs in America. The truth is that they exist everywhere, and they are very good when given an opportunity.
Neal Sales Griffin: Video



Sankofa Science

Welcome to the Department of Science here at AYA Educational Institute.  We offer a rigorous, synoptic science program that focuses on research and applications - particularly ones that will lift our community and the world.  Our goal is to have every child leave with a strong and advanced science background that enables them to solve problems within their communities.  

Students start with learning about our scientific-mathematical research, discoveries and application when Afrikans were in the scientific mainstream - astronomy, mathematics, agriculture, engineering, medicine, etc. We used this inquiry to see how our ancestors defined science, scientific inquiry, purposed and production. We compare and contrast this with how others have defined and used "science."

Middle School

6th Grade 
•Middle School Chemistry
•Earth Science I
•Geology & Meteorology
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7th Grade 
•Middle School Biology
•Earth Science II
•Oceanography
•Ecology  
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8th Grade 
•Middle School Physics
•Space Science
•Stellar Astronomy
•Planetary Astronomy 

All Sankofa Science middle school students at AYA Educational Institute are required to complete 90 hours of community service with a mathematics-related service project.  Projects should be either technical, agricultural, biological, or ecological in nature. 

High School Science

9th Grade 
•High School Biology
•Anatomy & Physiology
•Kinematics-2-KMT
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10th Grade 
•High School Chemistry (Black Body Bio-Chemistry I)
•Nutrition & Herbology
•Environmental Science 
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11th Grade 
•High School Physics
•Astronautics
•Computer Science 8 Threads
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12th Grade 
•Organic Chemistry (Black Body Bio-Chemistry II)
•Biophysics
•Computer Science Projects

Suggested Science Projects Areas:

  • Aquaponics!
  • Urban Farming
    • Underground Greenhouse
    • Aquaponics
  • Fractals
  • Investigating ADHD Drugs
  • Epigenetics and Black Nutrition and Psychology

Register. Fall Semester Starts August 8th
Weekend Academy Starts Sept. 3rd

Art - Photo - Graphics

AYA Educational  Institute has been known for years for its photography classes and camps. We are proud to announce our digital photography classes called Image-a-nation.
We use photographic storytelling to stimulate academic excellence and social responsibility to the Black community first while we have fun and learn valuable photographic, mathematical, and storytelling skills. 
Photo Curriculum:
Part I - 
  • The Stories We Tell
  • The Stories We Want to Tell•Your Equipment:1.Camera2.Point & Shoot vs. DSLR3.Digital vs.Film4.Your Digital Film5.Lens6.Tripods
  • Your Web Album
  • In-Class Takes & Critiques #1
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Part II
  • Arranging Space (Composition)
  • Writing with Light (Light)
  • The Lines of your life (leading lines)
  • Depth of Field
  • Your Equipment (The Dance: F-Stops/Sutter Speed/ISO)
  • In-Class Takes & Critiques #2
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Part III
  • Photographing People
    • Individuals
    • Small Groups
    • Sports/Motion
    • Candid
    • Posed
  • Special Occasions
  • Arranging groups
  • Classical
  • Creative
  • Your Equipment 
  • (Noise, use it or loose it)
  • In-Class Takes & Critiques #3

Photography to Academic Excellence

Memory & Culture, Math and Language Arts are emphasized throughout the classes. We use photography to study the likes of Ida B. Wells, Araminta (Harriet Tubman), Frederic Douglass, Paul Robeson, Lumumba, and others. 

We discover photo techniques while viewing those who best captured/portrayed our culture.  Digital cameras have made things easier while making cameras more mathematical. We use this fact to help our students learn, reinforce and apply math skills from foundation through geometry. We also use the principals of MAAT and the techniques of our ancient ancestors to guide our creative eye.

Composition

AYA Educational Institute was founded by a photographer and entrepreneur - Wekesa. So it’s only natural that photography remains a central part of its curriculum. We use photography to compose in:
  • Light (photography is light-writing)
  • Written essays or poems
  • Geometry and Fundamental Mathematics
The goal is for the students to understand the art of composition at a deep level, and in ways to stimulate them composing a life, instead of consuming themselves to death.

Register. Fall Semester Starts August 8th
Weekend Academy Starts Sept. 3rd

Sankofa Word!

Welcome to the Department of Communications and Language Arts - Sankofa Word.
When almost ever student is a mini Hop Hop expert who can “flow” themselves, why are we not masters of the word in every form to create the community and the world that we need and desire?
Alienation is the answer. Sankofa connection is the answer.

Fundamentals of Communication (Written, Oral, Digital)

Prerequisites:  • Parts of Speech • Sentence Structure • Perfect Punctuation
• Vocabulary • Dictionary Skills • Satisfying Sentences • Paragraphs• Dialogue

  • Part One: The Power of Words - “I AM” plus..
  • Part Two: Writing w/Purpose: Essays : Storytellin’
  • Reading and Listening Power
  • Part Three: Writing with Power: Essays, Reports, Reflections, Speeches, and Oral Presentations
  • Technological and Digital Media Presentations 
  • Part Four: Grammar & Punctuation

Intermediate Communication (Written, Oral, Digital)

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Communication or equivalent  The Intermediate Writing Curriculum contains the following course content:

  • Tools and Techniques of Research in the 21st Century  
  • The Research Paper | MLA Standards 
  • My First Short Story
  • Writing About Literature II (Written and Oral - From KMT to Mos Def)
  • Argumentation & Falsification

Advanced Word!

  • Five Theories  
  • The Research Paper II  (MLA Standards) 
  • Warriors | Healers | Builders Literature Analysis
  • Emotionally Literate Writing
  • Justice@Home Legal Briefs

Music:

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Electives: