Our School

Come to Edwards to find the leader in you. 
Leave with the tools to be a leader for life.

 

MISSION

VISION

At École Edwards we develop and empower leaders and learners. Together we recognize and celebrate the success of everyone. Our learners are prepared to be leaders for life.

Together we…Learn Succeed Lead

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At Edwards, we believe:

  • reading is the foundation for successful life-long learning
  • students’ needs differ and it is our responsibility to help each learner reach his or her own personal excellence

French Immersion at École Edwards Elementary School

At École Edwards, we are proud to provide French immersion programming. French immersion offers students much more than another language; French language learning promotes flexible thinking and opens doors to the world. Children who are exposed to new languages tend to learn them quickly due to their neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to create links and pathways as they learn new things, and they continue to have higher levels of neuroplasticity over their lifetimes. Thanks to the workout that learning a new language gives the brain, students in the French Immersion program develop heightened listening, memory, and problem-solving skills. Bilingual learners also develop an appreciation for culture and a greater understanding of the world around them as learning French makes students part of the 275 million people who speak French worldwide! Being French speakers in Canada, students benefit by being able to apply for more jobs as they head into the workforce, and have opportunities to use their French in 29 countries around the world who also have French as an official language. Our students are proud of their language learning and would be more than happy to have a conversation in French with you.

 

How are the needs of 21st century learners being supported at École Edwards?

21st century learning involves a strong focus on all literacies. How we teach our 21stcentury learners has changed significantly, particularly with the infusion of technology. Critical thinking and problem solving are at the core of this teaching.

Authentic learning opportunities are critical to our students. Various opportunities are given on a weekly basis for staff to synergize in order to develop meaningful differentiated lessons to meet the needs of all learners. Incorporating the use of technology into these lessons is an important component in all classrooms. Every classroom is equipped with a SMARTboard that is used on a daily basis. Videoconferencing and the use of skype allow our students to reach people they otherwise wouldn’t be in contact with. iPads, iPod touches, laptop computers and various other forms of assistive technologies are all tools used to support our learners and assist them with being self directed learners. Our use of the Daily 5 framework (a school wide focus on reading and writing) also contributes to self directed learning in each classroom.

Students have ongoing opportunities to develop their leadership skills through our Leader in Me initiative. Effective communication, collaboration and problem solving are targeted through the 7 habits. Using critical inquiry through project-based learning is ongoing. Being civically engaged and globally aware is a clear focus as we continue our journey of achieving Jade Status through our environmental and stewardship projects.

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