Developmental Designs for Elementary School

Though no two children are exactly alike, one thing is certain: elementary children have much to learn, and much of their success depends on the environment in which they are given to explore, discover, and make connections in their world. As an educator, you know there is a critical need to create a just and equitable place for children to engage in learning—a place that creates strength from the diversity in the classroom and community and regards each child as an individual, able learner.

The Origins Program has a powerful collection of teaching practices to help elementary staff work together to achieve education equity and excellence in their classrooms. Developmental Designs for Elementary School: Teaching for Education Equity—based on research and strengthened by developmentally responsive teaching strategies—present a personalized learning approach to help your staff better connect with students, address children’s specific strengths and needs, and help students develop essential cognitive and social-emotional skills. These practices also help build trust among the adults in the school and with families.

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2021 Host Site Nomination


By hosting a Developmental Designs Institute, you will establish
your school as a leader in promoting social-emotional learning and
equity for education. Your school will gain national recognition as
we promote the Institute.

The more educators who attend an Institute, the more host incentives
you can earn to support and further 
Developmental Designs practices
in your school.

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