By Michelle Feiss, Head of Lower School
This past Tuesday evening, we unveiled Allendale Columbia’s new Lower School curriculum for the 2019-20 school year. Over the past 10 months, teachers have met in various teams to research the best programs globally in order to develop new standards for mathematics, literacy, and our project-based learning units for next year at AC.
We are privileged to have a team of experienced educators in our Lower School who also have advanced degrees in curriculum development that worked tirelessly to create the very best experience for your children. We discussed the drivers we used for ensuring that our students are successful and they include: creativity, curiosity, essential skills (sometimes called ‘soft’ skills), and a solid foundation in math and literacy.
VIDEO: Allendale Columbia Lower School Project Based Learning (PBL) Ideas
We also announced that we have selected Donna Chaback as our STEM educator for the next school year. Donna is excited to begin a “facelift” of the program with new technologies and a revamped STEM curriculum that will more closely align with our project-based learning units and our overall Lower School Curriculum. We know that when children make connections between various subjects, they retain what they have learned more readily.
VIDEO: Donna Chaback Introduced as Lower School STEM Educator
It is an exciting time in the Lower School as we push the envelope on what our children are capable of doing while also nurturing their natural curiosity and creativity. We look forward to working with each child (and each of you) on their amazing learning journey next year.
VIDEO: “The Documents”
Michelle FeissMichelle began her career in Baltimore, Maryland teaching first grade students and moved on to faculty and leadership team roles in London, Hong Kong, and Germany. Most recently she was the Head of Lower School at the International School of Ulm in Germany. Michelle holds a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and a Master's degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Notre Dame in Maryland.
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