Every BASIS Independent School aims to bring together educators who are knowledgeable, driven, and believe that with the right support and encouragement, any child can excel. As part of our teacher profile series, we wanted to feature someone who exemplifies that approach. Mr. Festo is one of our fourth grade Learning Expert Teachers (LETs) at BASIS Independent Brooklyn. He leads students through what we call a “bridge year”–a time focused on growing student independence and building the skills to make connections organically. Continue reading “Teacher Spotlight: Michael Festo, Learning Expert Teacher”
Our Primary School program offers a well-rounded, integrated curriculum that challenges children to make connections across subjects and apply their knowledge. Key to that process are our Learning Expert Teachers (LET), who possess a deep knowledge of effective pedagogical techniques. Throughout the day an LET accompanies their students from classroom to classroom. Core classes are led by Subject Expert Teachers (SET), who possess deep knowledge of the content being delivered to students. The two-teacher model provides students with consistency and continuity in support and expectations while also modeling flexibility in acquisition of knowledge.
In this Teacher Spotlight, we feature one of our BASIS Independent Brooklyn second grade Learning Expert Teachers Ms. Cameron-Scott, who is beginning her third year teaching on our campus. Ms. Cameron-Scott hails from a family of educators, and she always knew she was a teacher at heart. She believes in the power of early literacy to assist students in reaching their academic potential and work at an accelerated pace. “If you introduce a child to literacy at an early age, they will make great strides in all academic areas,” shared Ms. Cameron-Scott. “For reading is the key to all understanding.” Continue reading “Teacher Spotlight: Shantell Cameron-Scott”
Through the innovative co-teaching design of the BASIS Independent Schools primary classroom–the Learning Expert Teacher/Subject Expert Teacher (LET/SET) model–two teachers work together to serve students’ different needs in each class throughout the school day.
Improving upon the traditional co-teaching model of lead teacher and assistant teacher, the expert knowledge of each individual BASIS Curriculum Schools teacher serves a unique purpose. Both teachers are experience professionals who possess deep understanding of their respective fields. Continue reading “The LET/SET Model: A Teacher’s Perspective”