2600 N. Stuart St
Arlington, VA 22207
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Philosophy and Mission

Stem and Beyond

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; and San Antonio, TX 2013. We are headed to Atlanta, GA 2014 to present at ISTE!
  • Teachers are going to the VA Children's Engineering Conference, February 27-28, 2014 in Richmond!
  • 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, 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
  • A STEM overview course will be offered for Parents - coming soon!
  • 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!

Taylor Philosophy and Mission

Grow ~ Learn ~ Succeed
  • The mission of our school is to provide, through example and instruction, the foundation for a lifetime of learning which will prepare our students to adapt successfully to change.
  • Taylor Elementary School is a learning community committed to breaking the barriers that may segregate students. At, Taylor, students are assigned to teams of teachers who work cooperatively to meet the individual needs of all students.
Our Philosophy is based on several shared values:
  • We believe all children can learn in an environment that respects and nurtures individual potential, individual differenced, and individual needs.
  • We are committed to creating a warm, supportive school climate that is enriched by the contributions of all community members. We encourage excellence, civility, collaboration and compassion among ourselves and our students.
  • Our school is student-centered, and teaching practices need to be varied, flexible, and differentiated.
  • We foster the ability to solve problems systematically, creatively, and work cooperatively with others. 
  • We emphasize the use of technology as an integrated tool for learning.
  • We realize that creating and maintaining Taylor’s school environment is a dynamic process and we are committed to the hard work and ongoing communication required to ensure the success of our program.
Last Modified on January 21, 2014