Skills to develop during elementary school

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Skills to develop during elementary school

I think the goals of elementary schools and schools of all types have changed dramatically. There's been a lot of talk about 21st century skills that kids need and that educational institutions need to give them - collaboration, cooperation, communication, critical thinking, abilities in the technologies. And also the social abilities of being emotionally sensitive and being able to give back to others. Being civic minded. Those kinds of things are transforming educational institutions all over the country as we look for ways for children to practice those skills on a daily basis in their classrooms and not just hear about them. I think we're using the traditional subject areas to expand and expound on and give the children the opportunities to experientially see them in a different way. We're putting children in different kinds of settings in school. Round tables instead of individual desks. Pods so that they can work cooperatively. We're assigning tasks that more than one child needs to be able to do so that they take different roles in performing those tasks to understand their strengths but also to understand what they contribute to the collective.

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Now starting her forty-second year, Reveta Bowers is the Head of School at The Center for Early Education, an urban pre-school through 6th grade Los Angeles independent school with 538 students. Devoted to children and education, Ms. Bowers served and has served on a number of boards. She is currently on Board of Overseers of the UCLA Healthcare System, on the founding board of the African American Board Leadership Institute and the board of the FEDCO Charitable Foundation. She just completed serving as Chair Emeritus of the Board of Directors of the California Community Foundation. A past president and former secretary of The Educational Records Bureau Board, Reveta Bowers was also a member of the Advisory Board to the Klingenstein Center at Teacher’s College for ten years. She served as an outside director on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company for ten years and is a former member of the Harvard-Westlake, Brentwood and Windward School boards. Reveta was on the Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education board, and the boards of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls and the Country Day Headmaster’s Association. She served as a trustee and treasurer of the NAIS Board, and as past president of the California Association of Independent Schools. For the past thirteen years she has also been on the faculty of the NAIS Institute for New Heads where she serves as the Lead Faculty member. One of her proudest career moments was receiving the NAIS Diversity Leadership Award in 2009. She has had a long and rewarding career in independent schools and finds her work with organizations supporting education, students, parents, community and Board work to be continually inspiring.

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