The Baldwin elementary schools focus on educating the whole child - socially, emotionally, and academically. Differentiated learning takes place every day in all of our classrooms. At Brookside our instructional program is enhanced through the use of Socratic Seminar, which enables our students to delve deeply into discussions around topics such as human and civil rights. Our teachers embrace the opportunity to learn new instructional models that foster verbal and cognitive engagement as well as collaborative work. Brookside students are busy writers and complete “How To” books, informational and fiction books, personal narratives and original poetry throughout the year. As we move to provide more instruction and resources for each level of learner, staff is being provided with extensive professional development. Brookside teachers are enhancing writing instruction with Teacher’s College Writer’s Workshop. Our Go Math program has been enthusiastically embraced by our teachers who welcome the extensive technology component that makes math "come alive” for our students. Features like the interactive lesson videos and the adaptable personal math trainer are teacher favorites. The Integrated Co-Teach Model, allows classrooms to have two teachers to deliver instruction in the core areas of English Language Arts and Math, effectively reducing the student teacher ratio.