THE FIRST TEACHER
As your childs first teacher, you play a big part in how well your son or daughter does in school. We invite you to work with our teachers to help students get all they can out of their growing years.
ALA HISTORY (PAST PROGRAMS)
*EL CIVICS PROGRAM*
Students new to the U.S. learn about the responsibilities of citizenship and are instructed in civic participation, U.S. history and government, and “basics” of citizenship. These topics are taught through contextualized instruction integrating English literacy and language. Type your paragraph here.
Adult Literacy Classes
*ABE and GED PROGRAMS*
Adult Basic Education (ABE) and General Educational Development (GED) classes offer academic and workforce curriculum that prepares students for employment, job training programs and higher education. Instruction provides basic math, language, reading, writing, and technology skills necessary to pursue the goals that students have set for themselves. It also includes test-taking skills crucial to passing the GED test. ALA works closely with local area colleges to ease transition into higher education and job training.
Austin Learning Academy ABE/GED instructors have over 20 years Experience in Adult Education and are Texas licensed and certified teachers. They provide a student friendly learning environment that combines whole class instruction, activities, and individual study plans to ensure every students’ success.
English as Second Language (ESL) classes for adult learners address themes and issues meaningful to adults living in the United States. The instruction is focused on developing critical thinking, cultural awareness, building language, technology, and life skills.
*INFANT AND TODDLER PROGRAM*
Our trained and experienced teachers provide a warm and caring environment that attends to every child’s basic needs and promotes their individual developmental growth. Teachers plan for and encourage active and exploratory learning. Low teacher/child ratios allow teachers to create strong bonds with their students. All infant and toddlers are screened with the Denver II Test.
*THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLD PROGRAM*
Degreed and certified teachers follow the Texas Pre-kindergarten guidelines, use evidence based State of Texas adopted “Let’s Begin with the Letter People” curriculum and program wide themes to plan and teach developmentally appropriate lessons. Classrooms are set up in centers and students are actively engaged in hands on learning. School readiness is a primary objective and goal of our program. The Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test (PPVT) and Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS) are administered.
*Interactive Literacy Activities (ILA)*
Parents and their children participate daily in developmentally appropriate literacy based lessons planned by our experienced early childhood teachers. Activities and skills are explained and modeled. Teachers support the parents in implementing the literacy activities in class and encourage them to follow through at home.“Loving Literacy” Reading Program
Through the “Loving Literacy” Intergenerational Reading Program, families are encouraged to make reading together a part of their daily routine. Parenting specialists meet with families of elementary age students after school on a monthly basis. During this time they checkout books to read and participate in fun “make and take” literacy activities which can be taken home.
WHAT DO WE DO?
THE TEACHERS, ADMINISTRATORS AND STAFF AT AUSTIN LEARNING ACADEMY ARE UNITED IN THEIR BELIEF THAT EVERYONE HAS THE POWER TO LEARN AND TO BE SUCCESSFUL!
No two students have exactly the same skills or learning style. That’s why we create an individual learning plan for every student. Your plan will combine direct instruction, small-group work, and one-on-one tutoring in a way that works for your learning style. We start by creating a a nurturing learning environment. We equip it with the right learning
tools, including the most appropriate interactive technologies. Our programs are based on starting and building long-term relationships with the families that participate in the broad and exciting range of learning activities.
With our partners, we work to build stronger individuals, families, and neighborhoods. Our focus is on families — the cornerstone of healthy communities. We teach. As state-certified teachers, we believe we can teach anybody almost anything.
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At Austin Learning Academy we believe that everyone can learn and we we thank everyone who helped to make our programs such a wonderful success!
Technology is a vital part of today’s society; therefore, ALA has integrated technology education into the daily curriculum of all ALA programs. Project based learning provides the perfect avenue for this instruction. Students in ALA programs are encouraged to engage in design, problem solving, decision making, and investigative activities that will easily incorporate the need to learn commonly used computer applications.
In response to the needs of our adult students who would benefit from additional instruction or who cannot attend traditional classes, ALA offers a Texas Education Agency Endorsed Distance Learning program as an option. A comprehensive registration and orientation session ensures students will be successful in completing the program. Instructors closely monitor student progress through scheduled communication sessions.
ALA recognizes that parents are their child’s first and most important teacher. Therefore, Parenting is an integrated component of all ALA programs. Using evidence based “Incredible Years” parenting curriculum, supplemented with “Love and Logic” curriculum and the needs of our families, ALA Parent Specialists design lessons for all GED, ABE, and ESL programs. Community experts enhance programming by increasing student knowledge and broadening students’ awareness of available community resources.
Teachers conduct monthly reading workshops for students who are parents. These workshops emphasize the importance of reading, and uses developmentally appropriate reading strategies that engage families in fun literacy activities.
*FAMILY LITERACY EVENTS*
ALA is a family oriented agency that encourages family events. These gatherings bring individual families together, along with the entire ALA family for seasonal feasts that promote literacy through student-led presentations, educational games, art activities and story-times.