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    A large emphasis in music at QAE will be given to a Kodály-based approach. Zoltan Kodály was a Hungarian ethnomusicologist and music educator who advocated for quality music education in schools. 
    The approach to teaching includes incorporating singing, movement, strong literacy components in a sequential spiral-based approach to teaching. Emphasis is put on the "made conscious" concept—much like we learn to speak before we learn to read, we should be able to sing and describe music concepts before they are given a name and made conscious. Developmentally-appropriate sequencing is emphasized as we develop our singing voices, music vocabulary, and engage our bodies.


    Seattle Public Schools adopted the Five for Life curriculum for Physical Education. This curriculum stresses the 5 components of Fitness: Cardiorespiratory Endurance, Flexibility, Muscular Endurance, Muscular Strength and Body Composition. All the students learn about these concepts through fun PE games and activities.

    Our Resource Specialists and Resource Instructional Assistants work with individual students in the classroom, as well as small groups in the Learning Lab. Resource Specialists collaborate with classroom teachers, parents, and support staff to develop the best plan for each child. The Learning Lab provides appropriate and meaningful opportunities for students to learn at their own level to ensure academic, emotional, and behavioral growth. 

    Our math and reading specialists provide supplemental instruction in math and reading for students needing more support in these areas. Students work in small groups on specific, targeted skills in addtition to the interventions povided by their classroom teachers.

    Our School Psychologist provides couseling, instruction and, mentoring to students who are struggling with social, emotional, and behavioral problems.

    Positive Discipline in the Classroom (developed by Jane Nelsen and Lynn Lott) is a research-based classroom management program that empowers teachers with skills to build their students’ sense of community, prepare them for successful living, and increase academic achievement. Experiential learning methods give you skills to help students practice better cooperation, social skills, self-direction, responsibility, and mutual respect in the classroom.

    The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving abilities. Using a cognitive behavior approach, the curriculum’s learning activities are designed to help students recognize when they are in different states called “zones,” with each of four zones represented by a different color. In the activities, students also learn how to use strategies or tools to stay in a zone or move from one to another. Students explore calming techniques, cognitive strategies, and sensory supports so they will have a toolbox of methods to use to move between zones. To deepen students’ understanding of how to self-regulate, the lessons set out to teach students these skills: how to read others’ facial expressions and recognize a broader range of emotions, perspective about how others see and react to their behavior, insight into events that trigger their less regulated states, and when and how to use tools and problem solving skills.