The students and staff of ESAA share a mutual role in the advancement and development of their school and believe these values of our community enhance and enrich education. Every experience a student has at our school contributes in significant ways to conclusions a student comes to about their abilities, about our society, and the opportunities available to them.
Our equitable, student-centered, inquiry-driven culture supports a democratic community. ESAA exemplifies a small school environment in which students learn what it means to be part of a community and are prepared for global citizenship.
ESAA takes a proactive approach by intentionally building a sense of community and student connection to help minimize challenges in our school community. Our classroom and community expectations are sets of expectations and norms that value each student. When issues do arise, the focus is on resolution and restoration instead of punishment.
Conscious Discipline (CD) facilitates a nurturing community and culture embedded in respect, decency, and trust. It is a student-focused, brain-based behavior plan. With the use of democratic practice students build and modify their community and community expectation. The use of CD is part of a larger pedagogical movement for progressive education.
CD, in part, addresses these aspects of the progressive education movement:
▪ Group work and development of social skills
▪ Collaboration and cooperation
▪ Understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to rote knowledge
▪ Emphasis on learning by doing - hands-on experiential learning
▪ Strong emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving
Conscious Discipline goals are accomplished through:
▪ The use of common vocabulary
▪ Daily classroom meetings
▪ The establishment of common area expectations
▪ Students' commitment to expectations and behaviors
▪ Regular Community Meetings