Message from the Head of School
Welcome to Austin Eco Bilingual School (AEBS) 2015-2016 school year. I am honored to begin my eigth year as head of school and founder of AEBS. This is a remarkable place for learning. AEBS has embraced the concepts of global responsibility and social inclusiveness, with an emphasis on languages such as Spanish, English, Mandarin and French as an essential tool for cross-cultural understanding. While it is based on the Spanish framework, our curriculum is carefully designed to build on each language’s strengths and cultures. Our work has been recognized by the Mexican Ministry of Education and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
When I began AEBS International School in September of 2007 I started with only 12 students. I am so thrilled to share with you that we now have 260 families currently enrolled at our locations!! It is through your support that AEBS International School continues to grow!
When you first come to AEBS you will notice that the excitement is palpable! You can feel the energy in the corridors, sense the vibrancy of adventure in the halls, and grasp the wonder of discovery in the classrooms as students and faculty engage in authentic critical thinking. Our task at AEBS is to “ignite the unique spark of genius” within each student. Our teachers can change how a student thinks about himself or herself and, more importantly, how, as an individual, he or she relates to the world. Our goal is to build leaders who have the courage to take intellectual risks and the skills to communicate and work effectively with others.
Imagine a world full of peace because our students are equipped to solve conflict. Imagine eliminating hunger because our students have been immersed in compassion. Imagine entering a society expunged of corruption because our students understand that when dealing with others, they must do it with integrity. Imagine our AEBS students creating the world we have always dreamt of, the world we have always hoped for...
Perhaps this distinctiveness is best represented by our human capital and our character. Our multinational families and staff aspire to create a microcosm of the world we want our children to inherit. Our community, both at school and at home, shapes our students’ dispositions. AEBS is consciously and explicitly global in its reach, multilingual and multicultural in both belief and practice, and a place where students, families, faculty and staff share their diverse experiences.
We offer a world-class education grounded in creative and critical thinking, and relevant to modern day global challenges. Our curriculum culminates with the highly challenging International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (PYP)..
Maintaining our position of leadership requires that AEBS continues to improve. Our teachers find professional guidance through many sources, in particular the International Baccalaureate (IB) as EABS is official candidates, National Associate for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Harvard University’s Project Zero, and Texas International Baccalaureate Schools (TIBS). We recognize that teaching and learning is in rapid evolution and must take into account new technologies and the need for continuous adaptation.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all the parents for the continuous support that you have given to AEBS this past year! It is the parents that really make the difference! I strongly believe that parents are the most important people in a child's life. Their love, affection, support and approval are fundamental needs of all children.
I also want to acknowledge and express my appreciation and thanks to all the teachers for being a part of the 2015-2016 school year. Our teachers are the core to what makes our school run successfully! Without their talent and dedication we would never be able to achieve our goals! I am so honored and humbled to have the privilege to work with your children; I learn so much from them! I feel extremely blessed to participate in their precious experiences that are so impactful to their lives. I love the fact that when you walk into our school you see smiles everywhere! For me this is a true indication of success!
I would like to share some of my philosophy. I am a lifelong learner myself. I believe that the most important thing we can do as educators is to focus on student results. How well do they perform in "real life" settings like speeches, role plays, and presentations? How well do they meet our standards and benchmarks? How well do they perform on standardized tests? Those are academic results.
In addition I strongly believe in student results that reflect the whole individual. How well do they interact with their peers? How is their emotional well-being? What is their passion? When we answer these questions with positive responses, then we know we are doing our job at Eco Austin Bilingual School. I also believe that in order for us to educate the child as a whole, we must get the families involved. What are the values of the families with which we work? How can we involve families in positive ways? Knowing the community is a requisite.
None of what I just mentioned is possible without two very important things: excellent teachers AND a spirit of collaboration. Hiring excellent teachers is the most important factor in guaranteeing positive student results. We can have all the "bells and whistles" but without talented, dedicated teachers and, a spirit of collaboration we would never be able to reach our goals. Diversity is strength, and the more diverse backgrounds the teachers have the better!
I strongly believe that in order to provide the best education possible a "balanced" approach is best. The balance between whole language and basic skills instruction, balance between student centered and teacher guided lessons, and finally balance between performance based assessments and test evaluations. Because many students tend to be visual and/or hands-on learners, it is my belief that most teaching should incorporate this style of instruction. Children are explorers and must have ownership of what they are studying. This is the joy of teaching and learning!
We are so happy we are now officially accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) at our South and North Locations. We are also accredited by the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program. We are an official accredited IB School. We are had our authorization visit last year!
I feel very confident that these new changes will help to consolidate our three international schools into one unified and consistent educational institution. Such consistency and consolidation will assist in bringing a higher standard of quality to all three schools. I ask for your continued and gracious support as we implement what we believe will be an improvement in our systems.
I appreciate your dedication to supporting Spanish immersion in Austin, TX. Your children will have such an advantage over monolingual speakers as they grow into a progressively more global economy that will demand conceptually and intercultural minded individuals who are able to make significant and positive changes in the world. Austin Eco Bilingual School is proud to be a part of making that happen in the lives of young children.
It is an honor to be Austin Eco Bilingual School President and lead a successful 2015-2016 year. For me personally, there has never been a more exciting time to work in the field of education. My passion for educating future global leaders is at the center of our mission. We welcome you to spend some time with us so that you yourself can experience the energy and vibrancy of it all!
I am so honored and humbled to have the privilege to work with and learn from your children. I feel extremely blessed to participate in their precious experiences that have a deep impact on their lives. I love the fact that when you walk into our school you see smiles everywhere! For me this is a true indication of success!
I look forward to seeing your children grow and learn this school year 2015-2016!
Adriana Rodriguez / Founder-Head of school
Eco de Hecho
A multilingual child develops deeper understanding of his/her own and other cultures.