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Gateway to Learning: Closing Gaps: Sundance Elementary School

Beaumont, CA

Principal Lauren Kinney explains how explicit, direct interactive instruction (DII) engages students in active conversations and learning, and teachers Jennifer Tillson and Tracy Waters demonstrate how kinesthetic learning helps students retain knowledge and stay engaged in learning. A student reflects on teaching another student as part of an innovative, statewide RTI intervention that uses DII, kinesthetic learning, and students’ teaching other students—practices that have raised achievement in this elementary school.

Read the transcript of Gateway to Learning. Download Sundance’s 2011 National Blue Ribbon School application.


Read transcript of Gateway to Learning: Closing Gaps

Contact Information

Current Principal: Ms. Lauren Kinney
Sundance Elementary School
1520 East Eighth Street
Beaumont, CA 92223-2416
Telephone: (718) 965-4200
Web site/URL:


Student Demographics

2011-2012 School Year

Number of Students K – 5 712
Students eligible for subsidized meals 60%
Limited English proficient students 21%
Students receiving special education services 7%
Student mobility rate 7%
Latino students 44%
White students 39%
African American students 9%
Asian students 1%
Native Hawaiian of Pacific Islander students 5%
Native American students 1%
Students of two or more races 1%