For more than 40 years Temple Emanuel Academy Day School has taken great pride in educating Jewish children. Our beliefs about education remain steadfast. The quality of our teaching is of the utmost importance. Our commitment is to develop the minds of our students, nourish their souls and cultivate their curiosity and creativity. Through our academic and religious studies and our interaction with students and their parents we communicate these deep spiritual and intellectual beliefs and values.
We are proud to off the S.T.R.I.V.E. Program that will uphold our beliefs and also meet the needs of our gifted and talented students. Our program will teach exceptional children how to embrace their special strengths as well as how to cope with areas that are more difficult for them. By teaching extremely bright children the importance of their thoughts and feelings and giving them a chance to explore their passions, they will gain understanding of themselves and wisdom to help others.
Often parents are reluctant to label their child as gifted because they are concerned about giving their child an elitist identity, and prevent their sons and daughters from fitting in with their peers and with the community. Our approach is non-elitist. We educate the whole child. We value each and every child. Parental input and wisdom informs our direction and decisions.
TEADS stresses the importance of peer interaction and spiritual and emotional well-being. We discourage, and try to eliminate, parental competition. We look at each family’s specialness.
TEADS’s approach is innovative and based on the latest research on nurturing talent and creativity. First, we stress the importance of gaining knowledge about subject matter. Next, we expect students to make a strong commitment to their areas of concentration and to understand their passion in depth and in detail. Finally, we encourage students to develop creative ideas about the knowledge they are accumulating and to make wise decisions about its use.
As we begin to implement our new gifted and talented program, TEADS is enthusiastic and we hold the highest hopes for success. Helping your son or daughter develop their special qualities so that they can ultimately make a difference to our world using their knowledge, wisdom and concern is our objective.
How We Are Unique
Cultural stereotypes of giftedness as being one all-encompassing singular advanced level of thinking prevent parents and teachers from recognizing the varying types and heights of giftedness. Indeed, giftedness can be expressed in many different ways. Linguistics, mathematics, science, interpersonal sensitivity, music and art are all gifts and talents that need to be explored, developed and enriched.
At TEADS we are committed to educating a broad range of gifted children. Our approach is to educate the whole child, which requires looking not only at talent but at social development and emotional intensity. Gifted children are passionate and can be quite intensely focused. They have asynchronous or uneven learning abilities. For example, they can be extremely good readers and extremely slow at meeting other children. Or they can be extremely verbal and articulate but have difficulty controlling themselves when they are bored. They can be fabulous mathematically and unable to express themselves in writing. Unfortunately, good listening skills can pertain only to their special interests, and not to mundane rules of life.
No matter what their learning highs and lows may be, all gifted children are perfectionistic. They need to do things right. This attitude can get in the way of how they make transitions at school and their ability to work collaboratively with other children. Perfectionism can make a gifted child soar to great heights or it can paralyze the child entirely.
Our curriculum and instructional methods are designed to facilitate gifted minds. We teach our students to think, show evidence for their ideas, problem solve, and be engaged in learning. In order to allow critical thinking to develop we use curriculum differentiation, curriculum compacting, individualized assessment, outside resource specialists, professional education for teachers, and parent education for our school families to achieve our developmental and educational goals.