Award Year: 2020
Memorial Elementary seeks to nurture the total development of our students, so they can become critical thinkers, responsible decision makers, and college-ready learners.
- Black/African American: 5%
- White: 13%
- Hispanic: 72%
- Asian: 6%
- Two or more races: 4%
Memorial Elementary School is a dual language pre-K through fifth grade campus in the Houston Independent School District in Houston, Texas. As an International Baccalaureate (IB) candidate school, we have embraced the Learner Profile attributes of caring, risk-takers, and reflective learners during this unusually challenging era of education.
Our teachers, staff, parents, and scholars have approached teaching and learning with courage and the agency needed to adapt to virtual learning. We have thoughtfully considered our previous teaching practices to evaluate their strengths and limitations as we collaborate to support the rapidly changing needs of our students. Our scholars participate in synchronous learning (teacher-directed instruction) and asynchronous learning (student-led learning), which allows teachers to customize learning paths for our students to thrive during this new age. We have come together as a learning community to restructure and refine our instructional plan for the 2020-2021 school year. We design meaningful learning experiences for our students, which include the use of virtual experiments, field trips, and manipulatives. Our students acquire knowledge through the concrete, pictorial, and symbolic stages of concept development.
As our students have been socially distanced from their peers, we sharpened our focus on their social and emotional well-being. Classroom teachers lead a daily social and emotional learning session to discuss how students are feeling, share techniques to help them manage their emotions, and build community. Rather than allowing challenges to define us, Memorial Elementary has embraced challenges as a path to maximize the potential of our students and the greater school community.