Social Emotional Learning
We are committed to provide an early childhood experience that recognizes that the foundation of child development rests on a transformative belief that children require a positive and brain smart environment. Austin ISD has a strong and lasting partnership with CASEL. We are committed to SEL as ... "a process through which children and adults understand and mangage emotions, set and acheive positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and main positive relationships and make responsible decisions" - Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). https://www.austinisd.org/sites/default/files/dept/sel/docs/SEL-Competencies.pdf
Dual Language Education
We believe that proficiency in more than one language is an essential skill for our community of learners. Dual Language education is a research based and effective model to promote the speaking, reading and writing of languages. We promote dual language by educating our parents so that they 'opt in' to this model at the earliest age possible. We work with district leaders to ensure that children have the choice to continue their bilingual journeys through high school in Austin ISD. Bilingual learners not only excel academically but also develop a deep pride in their own and others' cultures and languages. We have 8 teachers in PK4 trained and offering dual language education to our learners. Our classrooms include language instruction in English for Math & English Language Development and Spanish Science, Social Studies and Language Arts. Spanish and English languages are fluid and embrassed in all centers. Our two way dual language PK3 & PK4 programs focus on the children exploring and discovering learning in order to become bilingual, biliterate and bicultural.
Play Based Learning
Doing is learning. We strive to increase the hands on, outdoor, project based learning experiences for all of our children. Natural outdoor experiences that are not controlled by adults are optimal spaces for children to develop creativity, problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking and much more! Our children experience active learning not only in classrooms, but also in our blocks and science labs. Both places include choice activities for children that encourage learning through play.