Progressive Education: The Aurora Way
Adapted from Alfie Kohn’s article, “Progressive Education: Why it’s Hard to Beat, But Also Hard to Find”
Attending to the whole child
Taking kids seriously
How we teach
Observation and Assessment
Skills, Not Tests
the power to make change
the power to lead
Students are prepared to take on academic and life challenges
Students spend their elementary years among multi-age classmates, leading to enhanced academic achievement and greater self-awareness while they practice the many ways to lead.
Students experience the value of mentoring from both sides of the equation: as the younger student who’s encouraged by one slightly older and more experienced to step up and take risks, and as the guide, who learns patience, leadership, and the power of cooperation and support.
Every day, students of different ages are given opportunities to work together side-by-side and learn from one another what it means to step up academically and socially.
the power of small
How we live the power of small each day
- Students are at the center of everything we do.
- Our students are challenged to step-up and lead.
- All staff and faculty know every child.
- Small schools have the ability to have stronger, more connected communities.
- Teachers and administration know your child and your family in a way that is not possible in a larger school.
- Our K-3 classrooms have full time Lead Teachers and Teaching Assistants.
- Our 4/5 classrooms have full-time Lead Teachers in each room and a shared Teaching Assistant between the two classrooms.
- Two adults in each room provide our students with more individualized attention and small group instruction.
- More attention can be given to social emotional learning with two adults in the classroom.