New E3 School in Norfolk
The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) joined forces with the advocacy group Elevate Early Education (E3) to create a new and innovative laboratory school that better prepares children between the ages of one to five for kindergarten readiness.
The ‘New E3 School’ in Norfolk, Virginia, will serve as a model for early childhood education statewide. It aims to draw in children from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds. Children ages one to five from all income levels will be able to attend the school, regardless of their zip code and proximity to the school building on Granby Street in Norfolk. The school will serve 104 students spread across nine classrooms.
CASTL is developing the school’s curriculum and professional development approach, drawing from prior work such as MyTeachingPartner coaching and MTP-Math/Science. The goal is to create an innovative and comprehensive early childhood education program. The curriculum categorize activities across five key themes that encapsulate the essence of early childhood learning: Relate, Regulate, Think, Communicate and Move. It also focuses on five important pillars: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).
The curriculum builds from the latest science about how young children learn, with a focus on supporting teachers to interact with children in ways that help them become, critical thinkers, problem solvers and effective communicators early on in life.
Principal Investigators: Amanda Williford, Bridget Hamre