Laura Welch Bush Elementary is named after the Former First Lady of the United States of America. Mrs. Bush, a former librarian, is an advocate of education and the importance and pleasures of reading.For more information about Laura Welch Bush, visit www.laurabush.org
Language arts instruction in each classroom at Laura Welch Bush Elementary will be taught through the balanced literacy approach. A balanced literacy program is one in which students participate in a variety of whole-group, small-group, and individual activities related to a wide range of reading and writing experiences essential to the promotion of early literacy. The cornerstone of balanced literacy is guided reading, a focused reading group that is organized, structured, planned, and supported by the teacher. Through guided reading, the teacher works with a small group of children who use similar reading processes and are able to read similar levels of text. He or she supports each reader's development of effective strategies for processing text at increasingly challenging levels of difficulty. The ultimate goal is for students to learn to use independent reading strategies that are at or above grade level.
Two-Way Dual Language
In addition to the ESL and transitional bilingual programs traditionally offered on other campuses, Laura Welch Bush Elementary will also host a Two-Way 80/20 model Dual Language program, in which Spanish-speakers AND English-speakers will have the opportunity to learn 2 languages. Unlike other language programs whose aim is to have all students become proficient in English, the goal of Two Way Dual Language is to produce students who are bilingual and bi-literate in both Spanish and English. Laura Bush is one of only a few schools in Pasadena ISD offering this program. Enrollment is limited, and in order to participate, parents must apply and students must be accepted into the program.
Every classroom will be equipped with an interactive 78" electromagnetic whiteboard, supplied with ACTIVstudio and ACTIVprimary lesson preparation software. Teachers will also have access to an ACTIVote student response system that allows each student to give instant electronic feedback during instruction.