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Principal’s Corner: Global education key to success at KB Elementary

Kyle Mohagen
Special to the Sun
Kyle Mohagen

The importance of a global education is increasing. As the world makes advancements the need for critical thinking, cultural understanding, and communication continue to increase at a high rate.

Students must have skills beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic to be able to thrive in today’s modern age. Additionally, students must be able to solve problems on a more global level and be able to understand and engage with different cultures.

Kings Beach Elementary School provides young students with the first step towards the global skills they will need to be successful in their lives. At Kings Beach Elementary we offer students the opportunity of a bilingual education, we support social skill development, and we treat every student as an individual.

We believe in teaching the whole child and supporting the development of well-rounded thinkers that can see multiple perspectives and make informed decisions. By providing students the gift of biliteracy, we are setting them on a course towards a global citizenship in which they can excel.

Teachers at Kings Beach Elementary are incredibly dedicated to their craft. They spend countless hours preparing materials for each of their lessons and collaborating with their peers. They use assessments to guide their instructional decisions that make daily lessons meaningful and specific for each student. Their use of the California Standards provides the opportunity to focus on thinking skills and a deeper understanding of the material.

They are constantly providing real world examples and offering multiple perspectives on topics. Our teachers are amazing and always hold the needs of students as their number one guiding force.

Not only does Kings Beach Elementary have outstanding teachers, but the rest of the school staff is fantastic as well. As a staff, we know every single student on an individual basis. We know their interests, activities, and events. We check in on a daily basis and provide a second and third adult for students to connect with.

We have developed a learning community in which every member contributes and supports everyone else. The skills of a global citizen are not only taught in the classroom, but also in every interaction students have throughout the school day.

In addition to our unique ability to promote global thinking and understanding through bilingual education, we also provide many opportunities to support the growth of the whole child. Measure A provides us with music, science, PE, technology, library, and counseling support for every student. SWEP provides students additional science opportunities that connect students to the outdoors, and they learn first-hand the importance of environmental stewardship. Arts for the Schools provides art instruction to third and fourth-grade students.

Our parent organization PACE funds a variety of programs that enhance our curriculum. This includes field trips that extend the learning of the classroom, a compassionate egg art project for fourth graders, technological advancements for classroom instruction, and a number of family nights to bring parents and students together for fun after school events.

Through strong support from our teachers, staff, parents, and community members, Kings Beach Elementary offers students a safe and caring environment in which they can develop as individuals with an understanding of how to be a global citizen and be successful in our constantly evolving and advancing society.

Kyle Mohagen is principal of Kings Beach Elementary School.