Tagged “Engaged”

Physical Education Program Helps Get Students Active and Interested in Sports

Wellington Primary School, Singapore

Since 2007, Wellington Primary School has offered students the opportunity to participate in the Sports Education Program (SEP) for students. In 2009, the school expanded SEP and implemented the Holistic Sports Education Program (HSEP) for all students. The program, comprising 6 modules, was integrated into the Physical Education and Health Education Curriculum. The aim was to provide students with opportunities to make use of skills and knowledge learned during their PE and HE lessons in fun and interactive sports activities. Competitions were planned to nurture sportsmanship and develop life-long learners in sports. As a result of the program, Wellington Primary was awarded the Singapore Health Promotion Board CHERISH Platnium Award for helping student's develop greater interests in sporting activities. Program results revealed evidence of stronger, more vibrant sporting culture within the school, as well as greater student achievement outcomes in several sporting activities.

Promoting Health, Seeking Excellence, Moving toward the World

Tai-An Elementary School, Taichung City, Taiwan

Tai-An Elementary School participated in 2012 Health Promoting School International Accreditation, and was awarded with Gold Medal by the Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare. The school promoted health by applying diverse strategies in six aspects: school policy, physical environment, social environment, teaching activities, health service, and community relationships. School administrative, parent, and community resources were also incorporated to further implement these strategies.The school principal strongly supported the program, by infusing the initiative within the school faculty and staff, issuing evaluations within the schools and community, and subsequently formulated school health policies. In addition, the school focused on providing a suitable, improved and controlled environment for teaching and learning—to emphasize holistic health and create a supportive social network toward health promoting schools. Through the design of diverse activities and the integration of related fields and subjects, the effectiveness of curricula was therefore maximized comprehensively. Moreover, the school nurses also played essential roles in the integration of health activities into all departments, and in the implementation of community services outside of the school.
 

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
 

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.

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.

Technology Guides Students to a Bright Future

Owl Creek School, Fayetteville, Ark.

Located in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Owl Creek School joins a select group of Arkansas schools as a 2013 Diamond School to Watch with whole child partner National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform. The Owl School promotes growth and achievement in its students through a strong commitment to technology-based instruction and a positive campus community. This supportive, in-school environment is bolstered by high levels of engagement with families and the local community through workshops; family activity nights; and a strong, involved Parent Teacher Organization.

Rural School Uses Arts Integration to Engage Students

Cannons Elementary School, Spartanburg, SC

This rural school engages students in arts integration curriculum that is embedded in daily classroom learning experiences.   Engagement continues with the collaboration of community artists who provide opportunities for students to experience live ballet, creative writing, art, dance, and a variety of other activities. Cannon uses arts integration to deliver instruction in all content areas across grade levels. The work of students hangs alongside the work of professional artist in the lobby of the school, further showcasing the engaged learner. This faculty seeks best practices that will engage the academic needs of all students.
 

Engaged Learning Community Creates Safe, Supportive, Challenging Environment for Students

Ashton Elementary, Cumberland, R.I.
 

Ashton Elementary School, located in Cumberland, R.I., is a diverse family of learners in which a partnership of school, family, and community collaborate to develop a safe, supportive, and challenging learning environment. The school was the winner of the Rhode Island ASCD Whole Child Award for its rich educational experience of engaged, meaningful learning opportunities for K–5 students, parents, and teachers. The school challenges students with a strong foundation in literacy and math across the curriculum. Benchmarking systems are used regularly to monitor student achievement and provide differentiated instruction to support learning for all. Students that need support are referred to a Target Team where additional check in-check out, social skills training, in-school counseling and wrap-around services for the family are offered. The school uses the Child Enrichment Program, which offers after-school activities for students to engage their interests and talents including karate, drama, art, yoga, global celebrations, basketball, scrapbooking, mad science, chorus, cartooning, and cooking club. The supportive community at Ashton Elementary provides a great example of what happens when students are put on the right track.
 

Early Childhood Program Eases Students into the School Environment

Washington Drive Primary School, Centerport, N.Y.
 

Washington Drive Primary School, located in the New York Harborfield Central School District, fosters self-reliance and positive attitudes toward school and learning in students. The early education program, specifically for 5- to 8-year-olds, provides a wide variety of developmentally appropriate opportunities in which children create, explore, discover, and learn. Throughout the program, children acquire thinking and problem-solving skills, which staff members use to nurture the student's individual personalities and specific learning characteristics. Ongoing staff development is an essential component of the program.
 

Student Success Is Driven by the School Community

PS 110 The Monitor School, Brooklyn, N.Y.
 

PS 110's connections to the community parallel the academic connections that shape its students. The small elementary school in Brooklyn, N.Y., strives to maintain small classes and connect students to the outside world through partnerships and strong parent involvement. The diverse school community has a strong Polish contingent and rising Latino and Arabic populations. About 80 of the school's 400 students are recent immigrants, and most families live within walking distance of the school.
 

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