Effective Teaching

By helping children develop the complex language skills that are critical for reading proficiency, teachers can close the language gap between low-income children and their higher-income peers and place children on a pathway to lifelong learning and success.

The Dunbar Learning Complex recognizes the significance of quality teaching in positive child development and promoting literacy. The interaction between teacher and child is critical. Teachers use positive and encouraging language, emphasizing a child’s strengths instead of his or her weaknesses.

At Educare Atlanta, three master teachers work with infant/toddler, preschool and pre-k teachers, observing, coaching and helping them to plan effective lessons and activities. At Dunbar Elementary, an instructional coach for kindergarten through second grade and another for third through fifth grade provide similar teacher support.

Teachers across the Dunbar Learning Complex receive a myriad of professional development opportunities to hone their skills and improve their effectiveness in the classroom. Many of these are joint training sessions between Educare Atlanta and Dunbar Elementary, allowing teachers at both schools to build strong relationships and align their instruction. All pre-k through third-grade teachers receive training in the 4Rs Program together. pre-k and kindergarten teachers take part in monthly talking circles with a licensed psychologist to discuss shared challenges and identify ways to overcome them.

A literacy coach from the Rollins Center for Language & Learning works with kindergarten through second-grade teachers on implementing curriculums and evaluating progress. The coach also works closely with Dunbar’s K-2 instructional coach to bolster her efforts to support teachers on a daily basis.

The state, local district and community and business partners facilitate professional development opportunities for Dunbar Elementary teachers. Topics include Georgia’s Common Core standards, reading and writing across the curriculum, and technology integration.

Educare Atlanta teachers receive at least 20 hours of professional development each year at Sheltering Arms’ Georgia Training Institute.

I teach because I thrive on helping children succeed. At the end of my life, I want to know I made a difference by educating children.”
- Angele Waddell, Dunbar Elementary teacher