Council Oak Elementary is a neighborhood school focused on cultivating active and authentic learning experiences within an innovative, mindful and joy-filled community of learners. We are rooted in an unwavering respect for every child and strive to foster a learning community immersed in critical thinking, academic ideation, creative design and emotional intelligence.
Council Oak Elementary School is one of five recipients of the Wallace Foundation Social/Emotional Learning Grant, aimed at supporting the development of children1s cognitive, interpersonal and character-building skills through an improved curriculum. We focus on restorative practices rather than punitive, so we can educate the whole child by meeting his or her social, emotional and academic needs. Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions.
With strong social and emotional skills, our students will be able to set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships and make responsible decisions.
The Council Oak Elementary teaching philosophy places significant value on partnering with students as active participants in their learning. We provide children with collaborative workspaces, materials for constructivist thinking and hands-on exploration to increase their engagement with the curriculum. The walls of our classrooms are lined with student work to highlight their thinking, because we want to illustrate their educational process and growth! In addition, our teachers offer flexible seating, so students can utilize a variety of workspaces for group projects. Students are given choices in their learning so they can take ownership of their schoolwork and demonstrate an ability to solve problems for themselves in the future.
To teach, learn and communicate in a collaborative, mutually respectful community.
- Effective Communication
- Data Driven Instruction
- Positive Learning Environment