“We Can” program:
The We Can program integrates assessment with instruction and offers teachers multiple opportunities to observe children, identify their capabilities and needs, and monitor their progress. We Can is built to include teacher-led instruction and guided practice with opportunities for productive, purposeful play to promote the development of literacy, language, numeracy, and general cognitive, social, and emotional functioning. We Can's classroom management component is a research- and evidence-based system that allows teachers to manage the environment while children learn to manage themselves within the structure provided by routines. This component provides small and whole group instruction and Learning Centers for positively and proactively creating order in the classroom environment so that teachers can focus on instruction and set expectations for students.
We Can is appropriate for all preschool students—general education, special education, English language learners, and high achievers.
The Toolbox Project: A Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Curriculum. Toolbox is a research-based social-emotional learning curriculum. It teaches critical social competencies necessary for academic and life success such as resiliency, self-management, and responsible decision-making skills.
Project-based Learning & Loose Parts:
Teachers pair a more open-ended learning style with the We Can curriculum over the course of a week.
Key elements of project-based learning:
Project-Based Learning (PBL) is a pedagogical approach in which students actively construct their own knowledge over a sustained period of time, collaborating with their peers to complete a public product that answers a driving question or solves a challenging problem.
We believe all students, regardless of their age, can engage in PBL. Project-Based Learning empowers students to learn and discover fundamental lessons about themselves and the world. Young children stretch themselves to ask questions, make plans, and follow through on their ideas. It is through Project-Based Learning that children not only learn academic content but more importantly, they begin to better understand themselves as human beings and as learners.
Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart, and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts can be used alone or combined with other materials. There is no set of specific directions for materials that are considered loose parts. The child is the direction.