Tagged “Engaged”

Library Keeps New Jersey School on the Forefront of Change and Growth

Pennsylvania Avenue School, Atlantic City, NJ

Pennsylvania Avenue School, located in Atlantic City, N.J., is an American Association of School Librarians' (AASL) 2013 National School Library Program of the Year Award (NSLPY) recipient. Through collaboration with administration, teachers, parents, and students, the school library helps to build a school environment that is globally interactive, safe, flexible, and innovative in every way. Together the administrators and school librarian have worked to build an exemplary school library program that showcases the Pennsylvania Avenue's 21st century learning by providing state of the art digital technologies for students to learn and use and help school educators stay on the front line of change and growth. The dedication of the school administrators alongside the school librarians helps to ensure efficient, effective, engaging, and empowering instruction for every student and the differing abilities of each student is embraced and respected.
 

School Uses Character Education to Create a Caring School Climate

Apollo Beach Elementary School, Apollo Beach, Florida
 

Apollo Beach Elementary School (ABES) was named a 2013 National School of Character by whole child partner Charcter Education Partnership. Located in a small urban setting south of Tampa, ABES  is one of 146 elementary schools in Hillsborough County Florida–the 8th largest school district in the United States. The school does not have much ethnic diversity, but it has quite a disparity in the supplemental educational services among students, which presents a number of challenges when trying to unify students and parents to create a caring school climate. ABES embarked upon a character initiative in 2002 with only four trained faculty members. Since that time, the school's program has grown to include the entire faculty staff, students, parents, and community at large. Over 50 percent of the faculty serve on the character education committee, and many of these members have been individually trained in various components of character, which they frequently share with others. In recent years, as county demands on instructional time has increased, ABES has worked diligently to embed character education into every setting—academic and otherwise—to reinforce character building among our students and staff. Additonally, new steps have been taken to actively involve parents, PTA, and business partners to make a community connection. ABES was
 

School Library Helps Provide a Hub of Collaboration and Student Learning

New Augusta Public Academy-South, Indianapolis, Ind.

New Augusta Public Academy South elementary school, part of the Metropolitan School District of Pike Township, serves 531 students in kindergarten through 5th grade. The work of faculty and staff focuses on creating a safe, caring and respectful environment that is necessary for powerful learning, building a culture of respect with collaboration, and organizing meaningful curriculum connected to state standards. The school uses research-based teaching and learning practices that actively engages students; promotes collaboration among staff, students, parents, and community patrons; and prepares students to live and learn in an ever-changing technological and global society. The school library is embedded in every aspect of life at New Augusta and has become the hub where all of this school collaboration and student-centered learning happens. The school librarian works side-by-side with the classroom teachers to help students learn in multiple ways: inquiry based projects, distance learning, and helping students develop a love of reading. Winner of whole child partner American Library Association's 2013 National School Library Program of the Year, the library and school librarian have helped make this school an admirable example of what a stimulating, student-centered school environment should look like.
 

Building Tomorrow’s Leaders

Hidden Creek Elementary School, Port Orchard, Wash.
 

Washington State ASCD has selected Hidden Creek Elementary School as the winner of its State School of Character Award. This Port Orchard, Washington school works to ensure that each child is developing not only academically, but emotionally and socially as well. This is accomplished through character education modules and an academic program that is customized to meet individual needs. At Hidden Creek, staff members believe in the aptitude for success in every student, and they strive to help the students meet their goals every day. The school combines supportive programming and goal setting exercises to keep its students on the path to success.

Resource Center Unites School and Families in the Pursuit of a Successful Future

McLoughlin Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
 

McLoughlin Middle School joins other top Washington schools in receiving the Supported Students Award from Washington State ASCD. Located in Vancouver, Washington, McLoughlin strives to connect with its students and their families on multiple levels. The school’s family community resource center serves as a central access point for the numerous support services offered in the area, from free school supplies to dental care. During the school day, students who have been identified as needing additional academic assistance are paired with mentoring advocates or attend support classes to help them boost their grades and succeed.

Backed by Supportive Staff, Students Pursue Academic Passions

Mullenix Ridge Elementary School, Port Orchard, Wash.
 

Mullenix Ridge Elementary School has been chosen to receive a Washington State ASCD Supported Students Award. The emphasis in this Port Orchard, Washington school is to enable all students to pursue their passions through the encouragement of mentors and keen awareness of individual development. Staff members work together to ensure that every child receives the necessary support and interventions to achieve their potential. This sense of teamwork carries over to the students as well, who participate in extracurricular activities such as the kindness club in order to perpetuate the welcoming school environment.

An Emphasis on the Arts Boosts Student Engagement

Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Vancouver, Wash.
 

Washington State ASCD has selected Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, located in Vancouver, Washington, as a recipient of its Student Engagement Award. The unique nature of the school’s curriculum allows students to supplement their regular coursework with an intensive focus in one or more areas of the arts. Students may also participate in a variety of extracurricular activities, ranging from a costuming club to jazz band. Vancouver School students are able to pursue their interests every day, and as a result students feel a strong bond with the school, their classes, and each other.

When Well-Being Comes First, Developmental Success is Sure to Follow

Wanniassa School, Wanniassa, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
 

Wanniassa School has been named a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute in light of its commitment to mental health. The dual campus school, located in Wanniassa, Australia, is notable for its diverse student body and in-house support centers for disengaged students. Fresh off of a 3-year school climate study, Wanniassa prioritizes student health and wellbeing through both in-school programming and external wellness training for student ambassadors. The effect of these initiatives can be seen in a dramatic drop in suspensions in just two years, as well as in academic benchmarks.

Open-Minded Community Shares Ideas for Collective Growth

St. Stephen’s School, Duncraig, Western Australia, Australia
 

Principals Australia Institute, a whole child partner, has added St. Stephen’s School to its list of MindMatters schools. Located in Duncraig, a suburb of Perth, Australia, the school prides itself on respect for diversity, strong bonds with the community, and pursuit of excellence by its students. Staff members meet every two weeks to discuss the mental health and wellbeing of the student body, and health education modules pertaining to mental health issues have been incorporated into the curriculum. The sense of common understanding and support makes St. Stephen’s a comfortable and accessible environment in which both students and staff can speak freely about these issues.

Language Learning Meets Emotional Understanding

Open High School, Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
 

Open High School—designated a MindMatters school by whole child partner Principals Australia Institute—s a school like no other. Centered in Randwick, Australia, the school specializes in languages via distance learning. Nearly 2,000 students from both public and private schools have the opportunity to choose from 103 courses in 13 languages that are not available to them in their local schools. Aside from language offerings, Open High School is committed to providing an emotionally supportive learning environment for all of its students and staff.

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