Under the guidance and leadership of Principal Pattie Dullea, LEAD emerges this year as a new TK/K -5 magnet school with a focus on Literacy and the Digital arts—an emerging field of study that uses technology to facilitate literacy, writing and creative arts through recording, video production, graphic design, coding and other mediums. A successful Full-day Kindergarten was implemented in 2014-15.
Through partnerships with Universities, San Mateo County Office of Education, Toyonaka Friendship Schools, CuriOdyssey and local Corporations, LEAD teachers will explore, create and incorporate best teaching practices with a focus on literacy imbedded in all subject areas. LEAD instructors will have access to researchers, professors and experts in their fields. And the school will serve as the home base for District Early Literacy Training.
Lunchtime and after school enrichment programs will enhance learning by offering students of all age levels classes in coding, reading practice and other digital arts.
Students will benefit from increased and expanded instructional strategies for teaching reading and writing as well as increased use of technology with the Common Core Standards curriculum.
Students will also benefit from tablet and chrome book-based learning opportunities enabling them to learn at their own pace and level – techniques proven to be especially helpful for English Language Learners.
The curriculum and instructional practices at LEAD are aligned with Common Core State Standards, recommendations for quality schools and with the District’s Standards of Excellence, educating all students to achieve their potential through a rigorous program that builds a solid academic foundation and challenges students to think critically and communicate effectively.
LEAD’s balanced literacy program of listening, speaking, reading, and writing is based on best practices of Early Literacy, Guided Reading, and the Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop model. Mathematics and science instruction are activity and communication-based and promote investigation and higher level thinking skills.
The Structured English Immersion Program promotes English language development of English Language Learners. LEAD boasts a dedicated, well-trained staff with a wealth of knowledge in Language Arts, Technology, English Language Development, and Differentiated instruction. Along with their dedication to academic excellence, the LEAD community believes in the development of active, well-rounded, socially responsible citizens who positively impact today and the future.