Woodcrest CARES clubs personalize learning
At a Woodcrest Spanish Immersion Elementary School site leadership team meeting months ago, staff brought up a small group of fourth-graders who were struggling to engage in learning, Principal Elizabeth Linares recalled.
Pokemon cards and Minecraft were the only topics that seemed to interest them.
“How might we use what kids are already really excited about during the school day so that they feel engaged, inspired (and) a sense of belonging while they’re learning?” Linares remembers the group asking.
That design question led to the birth of 15 CARES clubs in the Spring Lake Park Schools building.
Since February, the clubs have met for one hour each month during the school day.
All second- through fifth-grade students participate in the multi-age clubs, which range in membership size.