DEMING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A multiage-program with a multifaceted curriculum. It integrates high academic standards, communication skills and the arts. Diane Arrigoni and Diane Leigh currently teach the curriculum with support from Jillian Froebe, School Counselor and Gail Weiss, District Arts Coordinator.
Tripod is committed to three components—Building Self, Building Community and Building Success. It is accomplished through a variety of strategies, which promotes cooperation, personal responsibility, problem solving, creativity, and the arts. Research that supports this integration into the learning environment as well as parent and administrative support led to the implementation of this unique program.
Tripod fully integrates the use of talking circles to teach academic concepts and promote social skills. The students discover 'what to ask and to explore' when they do not know the answer. Each student learns the responsibility of when, what, where and how to help themselves learn. The feedback that is received during the year confirms that these learned concepts are continually demonstrated outside the classroom. The students experience the value of independence and interdependence in the learning process of this program.
The Tripod staff has recently received a grant from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to more specifically identify the practices and the related ESSEENTIAL LEARNINGS that comprise the foundation of this program in order to be able to replicate it in other educational environments. You are invited to join us in the classroom to more fully understand and experience this program.
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