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Westlake Academy Begins 2015-2016!

As teachers close out several days of orientation and parents finish up registration, the week at Westlake Academy began with several activities to kick off the 2015-16 school year. Monday and Tuesday evening, students and parents attended Back to School events to gather helpful information and meet the teachers. 

Tuesday morning, Town of Westlake municipal staff and Westlake Academy Board of Trustees treated the teachers to a breakfast buffet and a few gifts as a way to say welcome back and thank you for working so hard to prepare for this school year.

Westlake Academy staff members attended a plethora of training during the summer including IB content and programme mastery, technology, Visible Learning, Great Expectations and International Mindedness. A group of teachers and administrators traveled to San Antonio to participate in the International Visible Learning conference with Dr. John Hattie and other nationally-recognized educational leaders such as Marcia Tate, Doug Fisher and Yong Zhoa. 

Other teachers attended iPadpalooza in Austin to explore ways to increase student engagement, responsibility and critical thinking in the classroom with the Academy’s 1 to 1 iPad initiative, as well as Great Expectations training and International Baccalaureate training specific to the teacher’s content area. And in June, Westlake Academy hosted its first ever International Mindedness Educator Symposium. 

“We are exceedingly proud of the outcome. It was indeed a great experience for all. In the upcoming year, our students from K-12 will collaborate with students from San Miguel, Monterey, Costa Rica and Argentina,” said Dr. Mechelle Bryson, executive principal/director of education. “Our goal was to create a network of schools with which to globally collaborate thereby increasing international mindedness in our classrooms.” 

This type of training keeps Westlake Academy in line with its mission: to provide students with an internationally minded education of the highest quality so they are well-balanced and respectful life-long learners. Giving teachers the tools they need is vital to help students achieve this mission. 

“Leadership matters; it starts with school administration, spreads through the faculty, ignites students and inspires the community,” Bryson said. “Our quest to become ‘the best place for teachers to teach and for students to learn’ is at the forefront of our preparation for the 2015/2016 school year. As such, theme for the new year is “Dream ... Create ... Achieve: Building a Collective Legacy of Excellence.”