Shaped by child development best practices, NBFA’s progressive pedagogical approach facilitates experiential learning and promotes individualized academic and social-emotional instruction.
By expanding its definition of Social-Emotional Learning to include emotionally responsive practice, NBFA optimizes teaching and learning by creating an environment that is safe for children and adults to feel vulnerable, develop deep understandings, and foster meaningful relationships.
While we acknowledge the connection between emotions and learning and provide services aimed at addressing issues that can impede student learning, we are NOT a therapeutic school.
NBFA classrooms are integrated, arts-infused, engaging places where student voices are amplified and self-expression is welcome. Through our holistic approach, students are learning to be critical thinkers, problem solvers, and collaborators -- essential skills for success in 21st-century careers.
Key Pedagogical Differences
The Achievement Gap
The difference in academic performance between high and low-income students– is wider in Connecticut than any other state in the country. New Beginnings Family Academy chisels away at this socio-economic, educational inequity by ensuring academic and character success in every student through a balanced education that includes:
Small Class Sizes
NBFA classrooms have an average of 20 students and two adults per class in grades pre-K to 6. There are 1.5 adults in each 7th and 8th-grade classroom.
Integrated Thematic Instructional Approach
Teaching is approached through a central concept that unifies all the disciplines. This is a creative system for learners, enabling them to notice connections between various subjects and to view learning as a process extending beyond textbooks or prescribed curricula.
Through this approach, an emphasis is placed on both the process and product that represents learning as students are asked to apply learned knowledge through problem-solving, analyzing, and researching.
Data Driven Instruction
NBFA administers student assessments to create skill-appropriate instructional groups, inform classroom instruction, and identify areas for professional development. Our student-centered approach to data interpretation helps teachers and administrators better understand the students’ specific needs and growth over time.
NBFA provides teachers and leaders with frequent, ongoing training to support student learning. Thanks to our special partnership with Bank Street College of Education, a global leader in progressive pedagogy, our instructors and leaders receive the best and latest preparation for the emotionally-responsive classroom.