What is Fresh Ed?

Fresh Ed strives to provide highly personalized learning experiences for each individual, determined by each learner’s particular strengths, needs, and interests. Here we recognize that all learners deserve to discover their strengths and interests through an individualized curriculum and cultivated community relationships.

The Fresh Ed model is based on the best practices in personalized learning from across the country and around the globe. Learners start each day in their mentor session where they work with their Mentor  to set goals for the day, week, or month to determine the processes they will use to accomplish their goals and assess their progress towards them.  Goals may be academic, socio-emotional, physical, or a combination of each. The NWEA Map Assessment tools are used as a starting point for setting academic goals but then is personalized to each learner’s individual needs. At the end of each day, each child meets with his or her Mentor to reflect on his or her progress towards his or her goals that day and plan for the next.

CORE ENRICHMENT SESSIONS

Learning from the Basics

Social-emotional learning is inextricably linked to academic learning.  Fresh Ed has adapted “Habits of Success” from prominent educational psychologist K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard’s Building Blocks for Learning as a foundation for our framework.  It details 16 key social-emotional learning skills for comprehensive learner development.

Fresh Ed’s math curriculum follows a strong constructivist approach. A constructivist approach is based on the idea that knowledge isn’t passed from one person to another but created by the learner. This is accomplished through the integration of the personalized learner profile, leveled math curriculum, small group mini-lessons utilizing hands-on experiences, and digital resources to further math investigations. Fresh Ed will also be using PUMAS lessons to connect math and science with everyday life.

Fresh Ed uses a modified version of Caulkin’s Reader’s Workshop, widely recognized as one of the most effective programs in teaching learners to engage with literature. Each child follows an individualized protocol as he or she builds skills and passion for reading. Throughout the terms, learning is supported through a personalized, multi-faceted approach: leveled library books, digital libraries, online phonics program, small- group mini-lessons, independent work time and collaborative sharing groups.

Fresh Ed uses a modified Caulkin’s Writer’s Workshop as its core program for teaching writing. A yearlong plan is created that connects Reading, Writing and Interactive Read Aloud (IRA) to an adapted whole language approach to support learning.  Students learn writing as the editor and the author.  They learn techniques for organizing their writing, editing and reviewing their work and that of their peers, and ultimately presenting and publishing their written work for community and families.

Visual and performing arts instruction reaches learners in innovative ways by energizing, educating, and introducing them to a variety of content. Curricular balance is achieved through creative problem-solving strategies, higher order thinking skills, and differentiated learning styles that are inherent in the arts. By learning in and through the arts, both the “group” and the “individual” are emphasized. Fresh Ed learners will experience a thorough and creative immersion in the Arts.

At Fresh Ed, we believe developing social-emotional competencies is essential to the well-being of each child, and is a central aspect of learning.  Learners receive training in mindfulness meditation, teaching them to notice what is happening “right now”.  Participants are guided to take notice of how their body feels and what they see, hear, touch, smell and taste.  This is an opportunity for all involved to connect with their inner thoughts and feelings.

Fresh Ed identifies PBL as a multidisciplinary pedagogical approach that provides meaningful learning opportunities. Learners and Mentors work together to identify an organizing theme for project-based learning activities each term.  This theme frames the focus of collaborative groups that study and design solutions to real problems in the local community.

CORE SESSIONS

Learning from the Basics

Habits of Success

Social-emotional learning is inextricably linked to academic learning.  Fresh Ed has adapted “Habits of Success” from prominent educational psychologist K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard’s Building Blocks for Learning as a foundation for our framework.  It details 16 key social-emotional learning skills for comprehensive learner development.

Math

Fresh Ed’s math curriculum follows a strong constructivist approach. A constructivist approach is based on the idea that knowledge isn’t passed from one person to another but created by the learner. This is accomplished through the integration of the personalized learner profile, leveled math curriculum, small group mini-lessons utilizing hands-on experiences, and digital resources to further math investigations. Fresh Ed will also be using PUMAS lessons to connect math and science with everyday life.

Reading

Fresh Ed uses a modified version of Caulkin’s Reader’s Workshop, widely recognized as one of the most effective programs in teaching learners to engage with literature. Each child follows an individualized protocol as he or she builds skills and passion for reading. Throughout the terms, learning is supported through a personalized, multi-faceted approach: leveled library books, digital libraries, online phonics program, small- group mini-lessons, independent work time and collaborative sharing groups.

Writing

Fresh Ed uses a modified Caulkin’s Writer’s Workshop as its core program for teaching writing. A yearlong plan is created that connects Reading, Writing and Interactive Read Aloud (IRA) to an adapted whole language approach to support learning.  Students learn writing as the editor and the author.  They learn techniques for organizing their writing, editing and reviewing their work and that of their peers, and ultimately presenting and publishing their written work for community and families.

Visual and Performing Arts

Visual and performing arts instruction reaches learners in innovative ways by energizing, educating, and introducing them to a variety of content. Curricular balance is achieved through creative problem-solving strategies, higher order thinking skills, and differentiated learning styles that are inherent in the arts. By learning in and through the arts, both the “group” and the “individual” are emphasized. Fresh Ed learners will experience a thorough and creative immersion in the Arts.

Project-based Learning (PBL)

Fresh Ed identifies PBL as a multidisciplinary pedagogical approach that provides meaningful learning opportunities. Learners and Mentors work together to identify an organizing theme for project-based learning activities each term.  This theme frames the focus of collaborative groups that study and design solutions to real problems in the local community.

Mindfulness

At Fresh Ed, we believe developing social-emotional competencies is essential to the well-being of each child, and is a central aspect of learning.  Learners receive training in mindfulness meditation, teaching them to notice what is happening “right now”.  Participants are guided to take notice of how their body feels and what they see, hear, touch, smell and taste.  This is an opportunity for all involved to connect with their inner thoughts and feelings.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Field Trip to Belmont Pool

Fresh Ed field trip to Belmont Pool Wednesday, 7/24 10:45 am a departure from Drake Park Please pack lunches (we will not have access to free lunch), bathing suits and towels   We will leave at 10:45 am – Sharp   Please pick your children up at Belmont Pool @ 3pm

Saturday Board Meeting

Hi, Fresh Ed Board of Directors, Please join us! This Saturday, July 13th @ 1:00 pm. Fresh Ed has been invited to a community luncheon and meet & greet at our new location, Grace United Methodist Church. The address is 2325 E 3rd St, Long Beach. We will be meeting their board of directors and other…

Saturday Board Meeting

Hello, Fresh Ed Families & Board of Directors, A friendly reminder that we are holding our monthly board meeting tomorrow morning at 10 am. All who are interested in supporting Fresh Ed are welcome! We are meeting at the CLUB ROOM in Mickie’s condo. AQUA Condominiums-The Club Room, 488 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA.…

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