Eanes ISD believes that our learning community benefits from emphasized professional learning opportunities that focus on student-centered learning environment, high quality assessments, guaranteed viable curriculum and best instructional practices. These "pillars" are supported through foundational concepts including social-emotional learning, culturally responsive classrooms, universal design for learning, disciplinary literacy and thoughtful technology integration. Definitions of these foundational elements are listed below make up the academic foundation of our work to support the instructional community.
Student-Centered Learning Environment (SLE): A student-centered learning environment, is one where the focus of instruction is shifted from the teacher to the student, with the end goal of developing students who are autonomous and independent, by placing the responsibility of learning in the hands of the students.
High Quality Assessments (HQA): High quality assessment takes the massive quantities of performance data and translates that into meaningful, actionable reports that pinpoint current student progress, predict future achievement, and inform instruction.
Guaranteed Viable Curriculum (GVC): A guaranteed and viable curriculum (GVC) ensures that all students have an equal opportunity to learn (OTL). Each student will have access to an effective or highly effective teacher, and access to the same content, knowledge and skills in each section or class (Marzano, 2003).
Best Instructional Practices (BIP): Best instructional practices are specific teaching methods that guide interaction in the classroom.
Social-Emotional Learning (SEL): Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
Culturally Responsive Classrooms (CRC): Culturally responsive classrooms includes utilizing an instructional pedagogy that recognizes the importance of including students' cultural references in all aspects of learning (Ladson-Billings, 1994).
Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Universal design for learning (UDL) is a framework to improve and optimize teaching and learning for all people based on scientific insights into how humans learn (CAST, 2020).
Disciplinary Literacy: Disciplinary literacy refers to the shared ways of reading, writing, thinking, and reasoning within academic fields (Moje, 2007; Shanahan & Shanahan, 2008).
Technology Integration: Eanes ISD believes technology is the intentional, purposeful integration of developmentally appropriate digital tools, materials, and knowledge used to enhance student engagement and learning for everyone in our learning community. We believe technology enhances opportunities for differentiation, creation, collaboration, critical thinking, and digital citizenship.