Abingdon’s Project GIFT (Guiding Instruction through Fine Arts and Technology) seeks to increase student achievement by integrating fine arts and technology into the core curriculum. The school’s program provides each student personalized instruction throughout their day in a collaborative teaching model. We have developed a partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center's CETA Program (Changing Education Through the Arts). This partnership provides our staff with professional development activities in arts integration. It also provides our students with the opportunity to attend fine arts events as well as work with visiting Teaching Artists within their classrooms.
Here is an example of "Fine Arts and Technology Integration" in the classroom:
Abingdon is also partnered with the Teacher's College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University to enhance Language Arts instruction through Reading and Writing Workshops. A math coach works with teachers K-5 to develop math units that require students to use higher level thinking skills and
a variety of math materials to solve math problems.
Abingdon's instructional program is consistent with Arlington Public Schools' goal to teach all students a broad body of knowledge, effective communication skills, a rational system of thought, and to think creatively. A unique feature of Abingdon's instructional program is the elimination of most early release Wednesdays. All Abingdon students will attend school five full days. This will increase instructional time for our students by approximately three weeks.
Through Project GIFT, all Abingdon students participate in Abingdon's Specialty Wheel Classes. These include science lab, architecture, living histories, technology, spanish, music, violin, art, and PE.
To provide a safe, academically challenging environment that engages all students through well-planned and executed teaching strategies, develops positive social skills and fosters productive, self-reliant citizens for the Abingdon community and beyond.
Recognizing that students have multiple intelligences, we will foster academic excellence through integration of the arts, technology, and real world problem solving.
Abingdon Elementary School is named after the old Alexander Custis Estate, Abingdon. George Washington, Parke Custis, and Nelly Custis were all born in the Abingdon House. The school opened in 1950 to help alleviate the overcrowding at Fairlington Elementary. Abingdon has been home to a variety of instructional programs, including Spanish Immersion. In 2002, the Spanish Immersion program was moved to Claremont Elementary School. After much discussion and research, Project GIFT (Guiding Instruction through Fine Arts and Technology) was created and implemented in 2002-2003. Project GIFT continues to grow and evolve. Throughout the years we have added new wheel courses, such as Living Histories and Spanish. We have also added coaching opportunities in technology and the arts.
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