YAJI is aligned to satisfy the National Core Arts Standards, which have been adopted by the Connecticut State Board of Education.
But why, you may ask? We noticed that creative writing was getting the boot in some schools across the country and the state, and that didn't sit well with us. We wanted to draw a connection between the creative work many students do, and the critical skills it prepares them for as young journalists. YAJI zeroes in on critical analysis and engagement, ability to put artistic ideas in cultural context, and creation of original content. Our interpretation of an "article" is broad: students are allowed to produce comic strips, original music, video, or podcasts as their final capstone projects, if they are accompanied by a written summary.
Want to know more? You can see all of our curriculum here.
Stay tuned here for updates on our expansion to all New Haven Public School students in 2019!