WHAT WE DO
Invictus Academy Tampa Bay (IATB) presumes competence in all of our students. We believe that all students want to learn and have the ability to learn. Our curriculum is structured around the Florida State Standards and each student is taught the core and required subjects in order to receive a high school diploma and move on to college should they choose to do so. We believe that when a student is supported in all areas of development, has access to reliable forms of communication and is challenged academically, they will reach their individual goals.
At Invictus Academy Tampa Bay (IATB), we seek to promote and sustain a safe school environment by developing lessons and curriculum that avoid bias and include positive, honest representations of all individuals. Curriculum can serve as a mirror when it reflects individuals and their experiences back to themselves. Education, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in lessons. At the same time curriculum can serve as a window when it introduces and provides the opportunity to understand the experiences and perspectives of those who may be different from us. These windows can offer views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. Inclusive curriculum supports students’ abilities to empathize, connect, and collaborate with a diverse group of peers, skills that are of increasing importance in our multicultural, global society.
About Our Curriculum
To help us out in this endeavor, we have hired two people that have been working alongside our Co-Director to create a more complex and diverse curriculum for all of our students.
- Michael Justin “MJ” has been working within the English Language Arts curriculum for elementary, middle and high school to incorporate more challenging resources that are representative of all individuals regardless of race, gender, sex, class, etc. MJ has his masters in curriculum development and has spent many years as an English AP teacher! He has a wealth of knowledge, and we’re so grateful for all of his continued efforts.
- We have also hired Colleen Ladd, a former English teacher, and a Mental Health Grad Student from Denver, Colorado, who is focusing on implementing Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) into the Social Science classes; 2nd and 5th grade social studies, middle school social studies and High School US History & African American History. SEL is Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.