Sixth grader Trinity W. came to the Arlington ISD two years ago and started in the district at Crow Elementary. She didn’t know it at the time, but she was in the perfect school when Crow made the transition to Crow Leadership Academy this fall.
“Once people lead and show what they have to do it helps out everyone in the world,” Trinity said. “The term we use is be a leader not a follower. You don’t want to do the same thing as others unless they’re doing the right thing. You want to lead and set a good example and it will spread.”
That can happen at Crow Leadership Academy, an International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme candidate school. Crow is in line to become just the second IB elementary school in Tarrant County and one of about 50 in Texas.
The focus at Crow is about critical and creative thinking as well as students taking ownership in their community with service and leadership opportunities.
Students Share What They’re Learning
There are 10 tenants throughout the school that includes communication, risk taking, reflection and thinking. The students at Crow Leadership Academy take those tenants to heart both inside and outside the classroom.
“Kids’ gifts are already in them,” Crow Leadership Academy principal Jamie MacDougall said. “It’s our goal and our privilege to uncover those. The reality is we’re not coming from a perspective where we need to pour into you. We’re coming from a perspective where we need to help you be the best that you can be and hone the gifts that are already inside you.”
Learning at the Core
Students still learn the core curriculum at Crow Leadership Academy but do so through a concept-based lens. It allows them to have more of a say in the answers and dig deeper.
It also means answers can be more open-ended and lead to broader discussions. It’s been a hit with the students.
“We work with different activities that are social instead of independent work,” sixth grader Gilbert V. said. “ It’s more group work. It’s different good. It’s better that we socialize. You also have to have good social skills because it’s the real world and you have to be ready for anything. I can use those tools to make a difference in the world.”
Elementary IB PRogram
Crow Leadership Academy doesn’t just push its students but the teachers as well. The students’ quest for knowledge in the IB format drives the staff.
“It’s fun and challenging,” said sixth-grade teacher Shanita Mason. “Not only does it help the students learn and how to problem solve, it challenges me. It’s pushed me to take the questions they’re asking and research them. It’s amazing what they can do at this age range.”
Service Learning Leads to Servant Leadership
The community aspect is also apparent at Crow Leadership Academy. Two years ago the school began its work with Feed My Starving Children, an organization that works to feed hungry children throughout the world. The students at Crow have taken ownership of the work. It was during the spring Feed My Starving Children event that fifth grader Victoria W. came to the school to help out
She knew then it was the right school for her.
“That just made it official that I wanted to come here,” she said. “I like to be fun and energetic and help in the community. I just like the feeling of serving others and the way I get to see them smile and feel better about themselves. I felt like I was really making a change in the world.”
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