Life outcomes typically correlate more to core competencies such as passion, creativity, empathy, cognition and resilience than to years in school or college. This is why we find that frontiers of knowledge and ability are very often advanced by those who are rich in one or more of these capacities. And yet, despite mounting evidence that one can design experiences to develop and strengthen these competencies, these are rarely the direct objectives of a curriculum. Isn't that very frustrating? If you believe, like us, that the promise of our children's potential is too valuable to be left to osmosis, then, it may be time to take a closer look at Sankalpa Academy!
Sankalpa Academy is a private school in the Mueller neighborhood of Austin, Texas that pursues excellence in early childhood education. At Sankalpa, every child receives a gifted education through an Individualized Learning Plan (ILP). Our curriculum is holistic so every child can grow up to be confident and ethical as well as emotionally, intellectually, physically and socially ready for what life has to offer. We design learning experiences that are foundational and meaningful to each child. These are facilitated by Socratic discussions and carefully crafted individualized scaffolding. At the heart of our lesson plans and every child's ILP is our model for the learning cycle. It us built around the child's environment, engagement (inside and outside the classroom), belief systems and six competencies: curiosity, cognition, empathy, ambition, creativity and communication. We believe that purposeful achievement and belonging give children a strong sense of joy and pride and thus strengthen the cycle of further engagement and growth.
We currently serve children ages 3 to 8 in grades PreK-3 through 3. We will be adding a grade each year, all the way through high school, in the years to come.
Our mission is to develop authentic seekers and change makers who pursue purposeful lives that are anchored in awareness and self-actualization.
Please visit https://www.sankalpa-academy.org/blog/introducing-becky-daily-sankalpa-academy-s-preschool-teacher to learn more about Becky Daily, Sankalpa Academy's gifted and multi-talented preschool teacher.
In the first blog post, we investigate the assertion that all children should receive gifted education. As Matthew Mugo Fields, the Founder of GiftedandTalented.com says, “gifted and talented” has to be the goal for every child and not a gate through which a small percentage enter. In the second post, we look closely at what gifted education should entail. We make a case for why education needs to be cognizant of a child’s core competencies such as empathy and grit. And, finally, the third post explores how the curriculum should go beyond mere awareness and actually nurture and develop these competencies. For Sankalpa Academy, this is not just an aspiration, it is our mission.