Eagle’s Nest Academy has adopted an early childhood learning curriculum that emphasizes an “Into Reading” approach. Into Reading addresses all areas of early literacy with an evidence-based scope and sequence to develop fluent, automatic readers.
ENA Learning Model
Eagle’s Nest Academy is proud to become an Expeditionary Learning school, following the EL Education learning model which is cultivated by ten design principles:
- THE PRIMACY OF SELF-DISCOVERY – Learning happens best with emotion, challenge, and requisite support
- THE POSSESSION OF WONDERFUL IDEAS – Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiousity about the world
- THE RESPONSIBILITY FOR LEARNING – Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity
- EMPATHY AND CARING – Learning is fostered best in communities where students’ and teachers’ ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust
- SUCCESS AND FAILURE – All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges
- COLLABORATION AND COMPETITION – Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear
- DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION – Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and effect
- THE NATURAL WORLD – A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and reaches the important ideas of recurring cycles of cause and effect
- SOLITUDE AND REFLECTION – Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas
- SERVICE AND COMPASSION – Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others
The Seven Principles of Nguzo Saba:
- Umoja (Unity)– To strive for and maintain unity in the family, community, nation, and race.
- Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)– To define ourselves, name ourselves, create for ourselves and speak for ourselves.
- Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)– To build and maintain our community together and make our brother’s and sister’s problems our problems and to solve them together.
- Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)– To build and maintain our own stores, shops, and other businesses and to profit from them together.
- Nia (Purpose)– To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.
- Kuumba (Creativity)– To do always as much as we can, in the way we can, in order to leave our community more beautiful and beneficial than we inherited it.
- Imani (Faith)– To believe with all our heart in our people, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, and the righteousness and victory of our struggle.