NEXT GENERATION STANDARDS-BASED PROGRAMS
Carter G. Woodson Elementary promotes standards-based expectations as defined by Duval County Public Schools. Our instructional strategies are based on both the Sunshine State Standards and the New Performance Standards.
The expectation here at Woodson is that our children will not only reach, but exceed these standards. Our goal is to develop and build upon a foundation that will serve as a catalyst for success. Therefore, all students are afforded the same quality of education through our school wide program.
The Medical Arts Magnet Program
The Medical Arts magnet program at Carter G. Woodson Elementary is designed for the inquisitive child looking for adventure in exploring, discovering and learning. Medical science themes are used throughout the curriculum to spark interest and create curiosity about the wide variety of opportunities in the medical field. In the process, students gain confidence and skills they will need in any endeavor as members of tomorrow’s technology-driven society.
Standards Based Programs
Carter G. Woodson Elementary promotes standards-based expectations as defined by Duval County Public Schools. Our instructional strategies are based on both the Sunshine State Standards and the New Performance Standards. The expectation here at Woodson is that our children will not only reach, but exceed these standards. Our goal is to develop and build upon a foundation that will serve as a catalyst for success. Therefore, all students are afforded the same quality of education through our school wide Program.
Full Service Schools Program
The Full Service Schools of Jacksonville is a neighborhood-based collaboration designed to remove barriers to a child’s academic success. All services are free and vary according to each neighborhood site. Common services offered include:
- Behavioral help for children
- Individual / family counseling
- Parenting help
- After-school tutoring
- Case management
- Medical / health services
- After-school activities
After School Programs:
TEAM UP is an after school program provided to you through Communities In Schools from funding provided by the Jacksonville Children’s Commission, and the United Way. TEAM UP provides students with academic enrichment, fun activities, snack and dinner each day for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. If time permits TEAM UP will assist students with homework after dinner.
TEAM UP is from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on early release Wednesdays. The goals of TEAM UP are as follows: to increase the number of students promoted to the next grade level at the end of the school year, to improve students’ FCAT scores, to increase school attendance, and to provide activities that help children build assets and competencies through positive youth development.
Quality after school tutoring provided by local educators: we go the extra mile to ensure your child’s success in reading! The advantages of electing the SES Providers are small group instruction, certified educators tutors, quality materials, hands-on-learning, frequent progress reports, individual assessment, and attendance rewards. The quality reading instruction consists of academic assessment, individualized student, learning goals, highly qualified tutors and small group instruction.
Your child will learn phonics, decoding skills, strategies to improve reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary development, word attack skills and increased self confidence. By using one of the SES Providers you will be helping your child to succeed.
It is the mission of the school counselor at Carter G. Woodson to deliver a multilayered comprehensive guidance program that ensures that the students in our learning community will achieve academically, socially and emotionally. In order to maximize student achievement, the school counselor provides direct assistance and support to all students with a specific focus on those performing below grade level expectations. The counselor covers topics relating to character development such as self control, respect, responsibility, and perseverance. The school counselor collaborates with teachers, parents, and community agencies to further ensure the success of all students.
As a Full Service school there are many responsibilities and services offered through the Guidance Department such as: MRT, Target, Full Service, Homeless Assistance, Volunteer Liaison, Attendance Intervention, Testing, Positive Reinforcement for behavior, A+ Conduct, and Award Programs.
University of Florida Lastinger Teacher Inquiry Partnership
Transforming Practice and School Culture
Effective teachers engage in ongoing reflection and analysis of their teaching on a daily basis. Through inquiry, teachers are committing to systematic, intentional, and public reflection. For example, this might mean collecting student data related to the implementation of new teaching practices, or collecting evidence of changes in teacher thinking around new curriculum or new assessments; Therefore, aiding students in becoming life-long learners.
As teachers begin their research studies (individually or collaboratively), they meet on a regular basis at their schools to support each others’ learning with the help of site-based teacher leaders. University of Florida Lastinger Center faculty members, in collaboration with the school principals, identify teacher leaders who help their peers move through this process.
These teacher leaders attend three days of training to learn how to develop professional learning communities. In this training they learn how to facilitate adult learning and democratic dialogue based on the work of the National School Reform Faculty. These teacher leaders meet on a monthly basis to support each other and expand their thinking about facilitating inquiry within professional learning communities at their schools.
At the end of the year, teachers present their inquiries at an Inquiry Showcase. District administrators, principals and area educators come to see the presentation of findings by each teacher researcher.
The Weaver Art Academy
The Weaver Art Academy at the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens incorporates three successful elements of arts education (school tours, classroom outreach and professional training).
The program serves over 3,500 local students who currently are not served by Art Connections or the Duval Schools art tours program the opportunity to be the idea makers of the future. The students of Carter G. Woodson Elementary School will receive a three-tiered, comprehensive, arts education: Cummer in the Classroom, Cummer School Tour and Distance Learning. Students will receive visits from the educational staff of the Cummer.
The outreach visit will support the learning that will occur during the tour to the museum and will be accompanied by a curriculum packet for ongoing classroom education. The packet includes pre-tour and post-tour lesson, vocabulary lists, questioning techniques to engage students in critical thinking, resource lists for teachers, literacy links, related Sunshine State Standards and FCAT Standards and images to use in the classroom. School Tours are differentiated by grade level so students who participate year after year will grow through the curriculum.
Tours include interactive docent-led gallery time, a studio art project that supports the gallery learning, a tour of the gardens and time in Art Connections. Professional training for teachers is available via live video-conferencing at a site that might be more convenient to school or home. The students and faculty of Carter G. Woodson will receive free Family Passes for year-long entry into the Museum.