The DeKalb Academy of Technology and the Environment (DATE) curriculum is a hands-on, minds-on, problem-solving, inquiry-based, integrated curriculum which will provide students with a foundation for understanding the world and their place in it. The environment, both natural and built, is the context for this curriculum, and technology is the means by which students will come to know, understand, and care for the environment which sustains us all.
Classroom instruction is aligned to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (www.georgiastandards.org)
ONE TO ONE TECHNOLOGY
All D.A.T.E. students in all grades 1-8 will have their individual devices in classrooms to maximize and increase technology instruction and master the 21st century tech skills:
With the unique technology school focus, all students should have access to a computer and the internet at home. When students are without a home computer, the following options will be available with parent participation:
Instructional strategies include, but are not limited to:
Generating and testing hypotheses
Cues, questions and advanced organizers
Project based learning
21st Century Skills
21st Century learning skills include, but are not limited to:
Innovation and creativity
Effective oral and written communication
Accessing and analyzing information
Charter Focus: Environmental Sustainability and Technology Integration
Fully certified core teaching faculty
Gifted instruction is provided at every grade level (K – 8)
Early Intervention Program (EIP) services provided (K – 5)
Serve student with disabilities (K – 8)
Serve English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) (K – 8)
Targeted Assistance (TA) for identified students ( K – 8)
Our rigorous curriculum includes clear learning outcomes with matching assessments, engaging learning experiences, and instructional strategies, organized in sequenced units of study, that ensure that all students achieve the desired end: the mastery of the content standards and maximized personal growth and development as a 21st learner prepared for college and the workplace.
The core instruction utilizes researched-based effective teaching strategies that are appropriate for the content area, utilizes engaging performance scenarios and encompasses 21st Century learning skills.
With the unique technology school focus, all students should have access to a computer and the internet at home.
Formative and Summative assessments are used to evaluate students’ performances on tasks toward mastery of the standards. Along with teacher made assessments, students are also assessed on the following District or State evaluative tools such as GA Milestones, MAP, GKIDS, and ACCESS
DISTRICT OR STATE EVALUATIVE TOOLS
- Georgia Kindergarten Inventory of Developing Skills (GKIDS) (Kindergarten)
- Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) (K – 8)
- Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State for English Language Learners (ACCESS) (K – 8)
- GA Milestones End of Grade (EOG) (K-8)
- GA Milestones End of Course (EOC) (* selected 8th grade students)