2600 N. Stuart St
Arlington, VA 22207
Fax: 703-228-2352
Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Philosophy and Mission

The mission of Taylor Elementary School is to foster each student's intrinsic curiosity, joy of discovery and experiential learning through STEAM.  We prepare students to be academically successful, socially aware, scientifically literate, and respectful, responsible citizens in the global community.  We achieve this by combining student-centered, collaboration through professional learning communities and problem-based learning with active parental and community involvement.

Our "STEM and Beyond..." program has many facets: 

  • Several teachers attended VISTA (Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement) in 2012 and 2013.
  • Teacher teams have presented at the ISTE Conference; San Diego, CA 2012,  San Antonio, TX 2013, and Atlanta, GA 2014.
  • Teachers attended the VA Children's Engineering Conference, February 2014 and 2015 in Richmond!
  • School holds regular Engineering Days annually.
  • Teachers are working on their Problem-Based Learning units
  • STEM Productivity Days for teacher professional development are planned annually.  These sessions are designed to integrate technologies such as Sketch-Up, Scratch Jr., Blackboard, APS Google, iPads/Tablets, interactive whiteboards and other tools 
  • Staff is participating in their first online course on "The 4 C's" - communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity
  • Online courses for students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 will be offered soon, using NASA's BEST program - engineering units for grades K-8
  • Check out our STEM Weekly Wonder!


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