The International School Nido de Aguilas

Distance Learning

Nido's Distance Learning Plan describes how we will ensure that learning continues in each division in the event of a school closure. The objective is that the School will be able to provide an effective education for students within 24-hours of an emergency for short-term or long-term campus closures. The plan outlines Nido's approach to distance learning, the expectations for students, faculty and staff, and parents, and the tools and technology that may be used. Nido's Distance Learning Plan was created in collaboration of Nido's faculty and administration and other top international schools around the world.


 

Divisional Plans

 


 

Divisional Initiatives and Wellness

 

Early Years School 

Nido de Aguilas Early Years School offers a range of virtual learning options created especially for our youngest learners. We make online learning flexible and adaptable, which allows parents to combine their work or other commitments.

Our program is developed in collaboration with Nido expert learning coaches and is academically supported by research-based developmentally appropriate practices. Even as we transitioned to remote learning, it was essential that these core principles remained. We found out it is possible to work with families to establish a play-based, child-centered learning that pushes beyond engaging with a screen. 

In the Early Years School we are keeping virtual meetings short—a maximum of 30 minutes—and we give families tools to foster learning at home through our online platform Storypark. We host  large group and small group virtual meetings. Teachers also host individual meetings with children. Most virtual meetings are in small groups of three to six children to accommodate turn-taking and ensure all children have opportunities to speak. Attendance is voluntary, and there are many ways to engage in our program.

Nido de Aguilas Early years school is helping families continue the learning at home—while staying true to what young children need most.

Wellness Initiatives Include:

  • Parent Workshop: "Anxious families - how to stop the worry cycle"
  • Wellness Wednesday for Faculty & Staff
  • Parent Workshop: "Transitions: Moving on to the Next Grade Level"
  • EYS Got Talent

 

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Elementary School 

The move to Distance Learning in the Elementary School has prompted us to look at our school structures and adapt them to be accessible to a wide range of learners. This has required the entire community to come together in new and significant ways.  Teachers are working hard to plan and to create content, and to identify exciting, engaging resources that will allow children to continue to grow their skill sets and to move forward in their learning. And, they have had to do extensive planning in order to learn best practices in presenting instruction online.  This has enabled them to provide the large and small group instruction, and individualized feedback that reflects our daily classroom life.

Our teachers have been establishing routines, norms, and expectations for our students to help them to relieve stress, to engage with others, and to make choices in their free time that spark their curiosity and interests. Our Wellness Friday was designed to remind us all that learning is not just done in the classroom and that an active, engaged mind needs a wide variety of contexts in which to grow and develop.  We have provided new resources to help better organize parents and students lives. Our Nido CARES menu provides a wide range of selections that can allow your children to explore their environment and the world in new and creative ways and the mandatory meetings allow us to touch base with every student in most content areas.  

In Grade 2 Distance Learning Mr. Chad Mills led his students though a creative writing process to engage his students in the collaborative and fun process of writing a "Choose Your Own Adventure" book. Read the article here to lo learn more about the process, written by Grade 2 student Oliver.

Wellness Initiatives Include:

  • Wellness Fridays
  • Talent Show
  • Invisible Boy: Theme on empathy, friendship
  • Parent Workshop: "Finding the Balance"
  • Student Workshop: "Chillin' with the Counselors"
  • Mental Health Checks

Middle School 

Nido's Distance Learning Plan describes how we will ensure that learning continues in each division in the event of a school closure. The objective is that the School will be able to provide an effective education for students within 24-hours of an emergency for short-term or long-term campus closures. The plan outlines Nido's approach to distance learning, the expectations for students, faculty and staff, and parents, and the tools and technology that may be used. Nido's Distance Learning Plan was created in collaboration of Nido's faculty and administration and other top international schools around the world. Our Grade 8 Humanities classes even had the chance to connect virtually with a Nido alum to work on a design thinking project. Read the article here

Wellness Initiatives Include:

  • Grade-Level Group Counseling Sessions
  • Individual Check-ins
  • Wellness Wednesdays
  • Division-wide and Family Goosechase (Scavenger Hunt) Competitions
  • PE Fitness Coaching
  • Advisory Sessions (twice-weekly)
  • Spirit Week

High School 

We are immensely proud of the curriculum that our teachers are delivering virtually as well as the ways that our students are engaging in their courses independently and with the support of their parents. It is clear that we, as a community, are committed to the education of our students.

And so, staying true to our mission and core values, we are proud to announce that we have restructured our Experiential Learning Program this semester so that students will engage in authentic and consequential experiences while learning at home. 

Nido is committed more than ever to its community, mission, and educational program. Recently, Dr. Kate McKenna, High School Principal, was published in the Association for the Advancement of International Education (AAIE) newsletter for the distance learning wellness program in the High School—Wednesday Without Walls. Read the article here.

Wellness Initiatives Include:

  • Grade-Level Group Counseling Sessions
  • Individual Check-ins
  • Wellness Wednesdays
  • Gratitude Workshops
  • Vision Board Workshops
  • Parent Workshop: "Self-care can be contagious"
  • Parent Workshop: "Conviviendo con un adolescente en cuarentena"
  • Spirit Week

 

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