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17 10, 2016

Diverse Learners

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Ancona is a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential, and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. Our population includes children with a diverse and complex array of educational needs. We support students according to their unique profiles in order to help them develop a strong academic foundation and to grow socially and emotionally. We are mindful of each child’s academic, emotional, and physical needs so that all of our students become confident and independent life-long learners. Within our diverse student body approximately twenty-five to thirty percent receive monitoring, support, and/or intervention for learning differences, emotional health (guidance and counseling) and physical health issues. As needs are identified, records are handled in a confidential manner and kept in a secure place.

The Student Support Team consists of two Learning Resource Teachers, one for the Primary School and one for the Middle School, and a School Counselor. This team helps to provide identification, monitoring, remediation and strategies to provide success to students requiring academic, social and emotional support. The team works with teachers to observe students and to develop effective teaching strategies that blend diverse learners into classroom instruction, to provide resources that enhance student ability to learn, and to develop adaptations as needed to help individual children navigate varying classroom expectations. As noted below, students also receive inclusionary or pullout academic assistance. Collaboration with outside resources and parents is integral to the work of the team.

At Ancona, we understand that the different and complex needs of young learners can only be met with multiple opportunities and approaches to learning. A central component in our educational approach, therefore, is the individualization we bring to each student’s instruction throughout the school day. Our Student Support Team works closely with teachers to ensure that each child’s unique learning profile is both understood and supported in our classrooms. When it comes to the all-important three R’s, the Student Support Team assists teachers in interpreting classroom assessments, and based on that information, helps to tailor the instruction for children who demonstrate a need for additional support during our reading, writing and math workshops.

Additionally, members of the Student Support Team assist teachers in finding materials and developing modifications appropriate for particular students during science and social studies and during the time spent in multi-level classes. Often, suggestions and ideas that have been brought up for one particular child spark fruitful conversations resulting in modifications extending to many others in a class. In this way, the Student Support Team impacts the learning of every student in the school.

17 10, 2016

Diverse Learners

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Ancona is a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential, and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. Our population includes children with a diverse and complex array of educational needs. We support students according to their unique profiles in order to help them develop a strong academic foundation and to grow socially and emotionally. We are mindful of each child’s academic, emotional, and physical needs so that all of our students become confident and independent life-long learners. Within our diverse student body approximately twenty-five to thirty percent receive monitoring, support, and/or intervention for learning differences, emotional health (guidance and counseling) and physical health issues. As needs are identified, records are handled in a confidential manner and kept in a secure place.

The Student Support Team consists of two Learning Resource Teachers, one for the Primary School and one for the Middle School, and a School Counselor. This team helps to provide identification, monitoring, remediation and strategies to provide success to students requiring academic, social and emotional support. The team works with teachers to observe students and to develop effective teaching strategies that blend diverse learners into classroom instruction, to provide resources that enhance student ability to learn, and to develop adaptations as needed to help individual children navigate varying classroom expectations. As noted below, students also receive inclusionary or pullout academic assistance. Collaboration with outside resources and parents is integral to the work of the team.

At Ancona, we understand that the different and complex needs of young learners can only be met with multiple opportunities and approaches to learning. A central component in our educational approach, therefore, is the individualization we bring to each student’s instruction throughout the school day. Our Student Support Team works closely with teachers to ensure that each child’s unique learning profile is both understood and supported in our classrooms. When it comes to the all-important three R’s, the Student Support Team assists teachers in interpreting classroom assessments, and based on that information, helps to tailor the instruction for children who demonstrate a need for additional support during our reading, writing and math workshops. Additionally, members of the Student Support Team assist teachers in finding materials and developing modifications appropriate for particular students during science and social studies and during the time spent in multi-level classes. Often, suggestions and ideas that have been brought up for one particular child spark fruitful conversations resulting in modifications extending to many others in a class. In this way, the Student Support Team impacts the learning of every student in the school.

17 10, 2016

Diverse Learners

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Ancona is a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential, and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. Our population includes children with a diverse and complex array of educational needs. We support students according to their unique profiles in order to help them develop a strong academic foundation and to grow socially and emotionally. We are mindful of each child’s academic, emotional, and physical needs so that all of our students become confident and independent life-long learners. Within our diverse student body approximately twenty-five to thirty percent receive monitoring, support, and/or intervention for learning differences, emotional health (guidance and counseling) and physical health issues. As needs are identified, records are handled in a confidential manner and kept in a secure place.

The Student Support Team consists of two Learning Resource Teachers, one for the Primary School and one for the Middle School, and a School Counselor. This team helps to provide identification, monitoring, remediation and strategies to provide success to students requiring academic, social and emotional support. The team works with teachers to observe students and to develop effective teaching strategies that blend diverse learners into classroom instruction, to provide resources that enhance student ability to learn, and to develop adaptations as needed to help individual children navigate varying classroom expectations. As noted below, students also receive inclusionary or pullout academic assistance. Collaboration with outside resources and parents is integral to the work of the team.

At Ancona, we understand that the different and complex needs of young learners can only be met with multiple opportunities and approaches to learning. A central component in our educational approach, therefore, is the individualization we bring to each student’s instruction throughout the school day. Our Student Support Team works closely with teachers to ensure that each child’s unique learning profile is both understood and supported in our classrooms. When it comes to the all-important three R’s, the Student Support Team assists teachers in interpreting classroom assessments, and based on that information, helps to tailor the instruction for children who demonstrate a need for additional support during our reading, writing and math workshops. Additionally, members of the Student Support Team assist teachers in finding materials and developing modifications appropriate for particular students during science and social studies and during the time spent in multi-level classes. Often, suggestions and ideas that have been brought up for one particular child spark fruitful conversations resulting in modifications extending to many others in a class. In this way, the Student Support Team impacts the learning of every student in the school.

17 10, 2016

Diverse Learners

By |2016-10-17T13:11:06+00:00October 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Diverse Learners

Ancona is a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential, and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. Our population includes children with a diverse and complex array of educational needs. We support students according to their unique profiles in order to help them develop a strong academic foundation and to grow socially and emotionally. We are mindful of each child’s academic, emotional, and physical needs so that all of our students become confident and independent life-long learners. Within our diverse student body approximately twenty-five to thirty percent receive monitoring, support, and/or intervention for learning differences, emotional health (guidance and counseling) and physical health issues. As needs are identified, records are handled in a confidential manner and kept in a secure place.

The Student Support Team consists of two Learning Resource Teachers, one for the Primary School and one for the Middle School, and a School Counselor. This team helps to provide identification, monitoring, remediation and strategies to provide success to students requiring academic, social and emotional support. The team works with teachers to observe students and to develop effective teaching strategies that blend diverse learners into classroom instruction, to provide resources that enhance student ability to learn, and to develop adaptations as needed to help individual children navigate varying classroom expectations. As noted below, students also receive inclusionary or pullout academic assistance. Collaboration with outside resources and parents is integral to the work of the team.

At Ancona, we understand that the different and complex needs of young learners can only be met with multiple opportunities and approaches to learning. A central component in our educational approach, therefore, is the individualization we bring to each student’s instruction throughout the school day. Our Student Support Team works closely with teachers to ensure that each child’s unique learning profile is both understood and supported in our classrooms. When it comes to the all-important three R’s, the Student Support Team assists teachers in interpreting classroom assessments, and based on that information, helps to tailor the instruction for children who demonstrate a need for additional support during our reading, writing and math workshops. Additionally, members of the Student Support Team assist teachers in finding materials and developing modifications appropriate for particular students during science and social studies and during the time spent in multi-level classes. Often, suggestions and ideas that have been brought up for one particular child spark fruitful conversations resulting in modifications extending to many others in a class. In this way, the Student Support Team impacts the learning of every student in the school.

17 10, 2016

Diverse Learners

By |2016-10-17T13:08:17+00:00October 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Diverse Learners

Ancona is a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential, and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. Our population includes children with a diverse and complex array of educational needs. We support students according to their unique profiles in order to help them develop a strong academic foundation and to grow socially and emotionally. We are mindful of each child’s academic, emotional, and physical needs so that all of our students become confident and independent life-long learners. Within our diverse student body approximately twenty-five to thirty percent receive monitoring, support, and/or intervention for learning differences, emotional health (guidance and counseling) and physical health issues. As needs are identified, records are handled in a confidential manner and kept in a secure place.

The Student Support Team consists of two Learning Resource Teachers, one for the Primary School and one for the Middle School, and a School Counselor. This team helps to provide identification, monitoring, remediation and strategies to provide success to students requiring academic, social and emotional support. The team works with teachers to observe students and to develop effective teaching strategies that blend diverse learners into classroom instruction, to provide resources that enhance student ability to learn, and to develop adaptations as needed to help individual children navigate varying classroom expectations. As noted below, students also receive inclusionary or pullout academic assistance. Collaboration with outside resources and parents is integral to the work of the team.

At Ancona, we understand that the different and complex needs of young learners can only be met with multiple opportunities and approaches to learning. A central component in our educational approach, therefore, is the individualization we bring to each student’s instruction throughout the school day. Our Student Support Team works closely with teachers to ensure that each child’s unique learning profile is both understood and supported in our classrooms. When it comes to the all-important three R’s, the Student Support Team assists teachers in interpreting classroom assessments, and based on that information, helps to tailor the instruction for children who demonstrate a need for additional support during our reading, writing and math workshops. Additionally, members of the Student Support Team assist teachers in finding materials and developing modifications appropriate for particular students during science and social studies and during the time spent in multi-level classes. Often, suggestions and ideas that have been brought up for one particular child spark fruitful conversations resulting in modifications extending to many others in a class. In this way, the Student Support Team impacts the learning of every student in the school.

17 10, 2016

Diverse Learners

By |2016-10-17T13:03:33+00:00October 17th, 2016|Comments Off on Diverse Learners

Ancona is a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential, and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. Our population includes children with a diverse and complex array of educational needs. We support students according to their unique profiles in order to help them develop a strong academic foundation and to grow socially and emotionally. We are mindful of each child’s academic, emotional, and physical needs so that all of our students become confident and independent life-long learners. Within our diverse student body approximately twenty-five to thirty percent receive monitoring, support, and/or intervention for learning differences, emotional health (guidance and counseling) and physical health issues. As needs are identified, records are handled in a confidential manner and kept in a secure place.

The Student Support Team consists of two Learning Resource Teachers, one for the Primary School and one for the Middle School, and a School Counselor. This team helps to provide identification, monitoring, remediation and strategies to provide success to students requiring academic, social and emotional support. The team works with teachers to observe students and to develop effective teaching strategies that blend diverse learners into classroom instruction, to provide resources that enhance student ability to learn, and to develop adaptations as needed to help individual children navigate varying classroom expectations. As noted below, students also receive inclusionary or pullout academic assistance. Collaboration with outside resources and parents is integral to the work of the team.

At Ancona, we understand that the different and complex needs of young learners can only be met with multiple opportunities and approaches to learning. A central component in our educational approach, therefore, is the individualization we bring to each student’s instruction throughout the school day. Our Student Support Team works closely with teachers to ensure that each child’s unique learning profile is both understood and supported in our classrooms. When it comes to the all-important three R’s, the Student Support Team assists teachers in interpreting classroom assessments, and based on that information, helps to tailor the instruction for children who demonstrate a need for additional support during our reading, writing and math workshops. Additionally, members of the Student Support Team assist teachers in finding materials and developing modifications appropriate for particular students during science and social studies and during the time spent in multi-level classes. Often, suggestions and ideas that have been brought up for one particular child spark fruitful conversations resulting in modifications extending to many others in a class. In this way, the Student Support Team impacts the learning of every student in the school.

16 10, 2016

Diverse Learners

By |2016-10-16T18:17:11+00:00October 16th, 2016|Comments Off on Diverse Learners

Ancona is a leader in providing a thoughtful, experiential, and multicultural education to a diverse population of learners. Our population includes children with a diverse and complex array of educational needs. We support students according to their unique profiles in order to help them develop a strong academic foundation and to grow socially and emotionally. We are mindful of each child’s academic, emotional, and physical needs so that all of our students become confident and independent life-long learners. Within our diverse student body approximately twenty-five to thirty percent receive monitoring, support, and/or intervention for learning differences, emotional health (guidance and counseling) and physical health issues. As needs are identified, records are handled in a confidential manner and kept in a secure place.

The Student Support Team consists of two Learning Resource Teachers, one for the Primary School and one for the Middle School, and a School Counselor. This team helps to provide identification, monitoring, remediation and strategies to provide success to students requiring academic, social and emotional support. The team works with teachers to observe students and to develop effective teaching strategies that blend diverse learners into classroom instruction, to provide resources that enhance student ability to learn, and to develop adaptations as needed to help individual children navigate varying classroom expectations. As noted below, students also receive inclusionary or pullout academic assistance. Collaboration with outside resources and parents is integral to the work of the team.

At Ancona, we understand that the different and complex needs of young learners can only be met with multiple opportunities and approaches to learning. A central component in our educational approach, therefore, is the individualization we bring to each student’s instruction throughout the school day. Our Student Support Team works closely with teachers to ensure that each child’s unique learning profile is both understood and supported in our classrooms. When it comes to the all-important three R’s, the Student Support Team assists teachers in interpreting classroom assessments, and based on that information, helps to tailor the instruction for children who demonstrate a need for additional support during our reading, writing and math workshops. Additionally, members of the Student Support Team assist teachers in finding materials and developing modifications appropriate for particular students during science and social studies and during the time spent in multi-level classes. Often, suggestions and ideas that have been brought up for one particular child spark fruitful conversations resulting in modifications extending to many others in a class. In this way, the Student Support Team impacts the learning of every student in the school.

16 05, 2016

Transformative

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Children are innately creative learners. As Maria Montessori taught, “Children want to grow, to perfect themselves, to nourish their intelligence, to develop their internal energies, to form their characters, and, to these ends, they need to be liberated.” Given freedom to interact within a challenging environment and knowledgeable teachers to guide them, children will learn and grow.

In traditional classroom settings, teachers transmit information in order for students to receive, store and act upon that information. Transformational educators use a constructivist lens to approach the teaching and learning of children–creating deeply imbued experiences that become a natural extension of the child. In the Montessori classroom, teachers are facilitators of powerful learning experiences that foster critical thinking, higher-order thinking, and strong collaborative and communication skills among children who very much drive their own learning.

Transformational learning happens when children are engaged in the classroom. Montessori trained teachers use the classroom as a means of igniting the natural curiosity of children. By helping students take on the identities of artists, scientists and mathematicians, children see the the connections to the real world–growing them into creative and dynamic problem-solvers.

16 05, 2016

Technologically-enhanced

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The Ancona Technology Department provides thoughtful, appropriate, and innovative technology that integrates with the student-centered curriculum to prepare students for digital citizenship in the 21st Century. Technological literacy is an important element in fulfilling the school’s mission of providing authentic educational experiences for all students and helping them become life-long learners. Ancona’s technology program is integrated into the curriculum and not treated as a stand-alone subject. The aim is to allow students to first learn tasks without technology, and later to harness technology’s ability to empower learning, problem solving, and creativity. Students learn to be critical users and creators of digital content rather than just passive consumers. To accomplish this, our program aims to develop a deep understanding of technology as well as the responsible, context-based application of specific tools and software. By utilizing technology in their project-based work in one or more subjects, students gain an appreciation of and fluency in the various tools available to them.

Our philosophy is to give students a safety net, yet to allow them to learn technology by actually using it. For example, students 3rd grade and up are given email accounts which can send and receive email only inside Ancona. Students begin by exchanging email with their teachers, and are allowed to do things such as email each other only after they have been taught about digital citizenship. Similarly, our web filter always prevents students from accessing adult and explicit content, but allows teachers to override certain blocked sites if they are being used for bona fide research. Each year, students sign a “Technology use agreement” that serves to reinforce the guidelines we abide by.

The program is designed to be largely platform-independent and relies on cloud-based technologies to allow students to use the same technology applications at home as they do at school, and to make the transfer of files from home to school seamless. While at school, students use a variety of shared devices that are designed to be available on demand. Devices include Mac laptops on mobile carts, Mac Desktop computers, ChromeBooks, iPads and other devices. We believe that for technology hardware and software to be useful in the classroom, teacher training and support are crucial. Our Director of Technology and Technology Manager make sure that technology is reliable and take the time to train teachers and administrators to harness it.

Each classroom has its own website available to both the students enrolled in the class and their parents. All homework is shared through this website, allowing students to see a combined list of their assignments in one place. Teachers also post enrichment materials, classroom resources, and of course photos and videos of students on these pages. There is also a page that links to our robust collection of subscription sites such as online encyclopedias, math, and reading programs that can be accessed from home or school.

16 05, 2016

Project-based

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Beginning with authentic problems that engage them intellectually, socially, even emotionally, students design, test, and apply their own solutions in an iterative process that leads to metacognitive understanding of big ideas in multiple disciplines. Working in groups, with partners, or sometimes alone, students have many opportunities to collaborate and communicate about their thinking, their strategies, and their outcomes, and then to present their work to a real audience or to generate a realistic product.

From hatching chicks and planting vegetables to designing and testing windmills, students engage in extended learning projects that require sustained inquiry. Science and social studies units are built around big ideas and important concepts, allowing students to investigate these in depth rather than merely covering a topic or memorizing a set of facts. Sharing ideas and giving each other critical feedback teaches students to interact and think like mathematicians, scientists and artists do in real-world communities of practice.

Ancona identifies and adheres to seven principles to define project-based learning.These are:

  1. Engagement with an authentic problem or question
  2. A process approach that is developmentally appropriate
  3. The use of elaborated communication
  4. Investigation and knowledge building
  5. In-depth understanding of specific problems (or concepts)
  6. The existence of a meaningful purpose
  7. A realistic product, event, or presentation