Professional Development

Full STEAM Ahead: Ladera Elementary School, Thousand Oaks

I am looking forward to my visit to Ladera Elementary School tomorrow! From now until 2018-2019, Ladera will undergo a physical transformation as well as an educational transition to a new STEAM-centric learning model as they become a STEAM focused magnet school - Ladera's STARS Academy.  I am excited to also see the Discovery Lab, which is being used as a Makerspace and a dedicated flexible learning environment for science and creative instruction experiences. An Outdoor Lab, including a garden, is also being developed on campus.  "The driving question behind the development of STARS Academy and its instruction model was: what motivates students to learn and succeed?" said Lori Wall, Principal of Ladera's STARS Academy. "Our vision is to build on the natural curiosity and creativity of children in order to motivate and engage them as scholars." What motivates your students to learn and succeed?

Alison Wright
Alison Thalmann
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Is there a possibility that you could post pictures of the actual classrooms set up as they transform?

Pamela Dupre
Pam Dupre
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