Vision: Empowering Students of the World for the World.

Mission: The students, staff and families of East End Community School value diversity, equity, relationships, growth and achievement.  Our community has high expectations for students and believe that students can grow to meet grade level standards and beyond. We believe that having consistent opportunities and access to strong grade level instruction, where students do most of the thinking and are deeply engaging we will grow student achievement and empower students for the world.

As part of the Portland Promise we want students, 
families, and community members to feel welcomed, to be partners in their students education, and to have a positive school experience. East End works every day to serve our school community.

East End Community School prides itself on rigorous academic programming, dedicated and caring staff, extensive community partnerships, and the diversity of our learners.  We strive to celebrate, respect, honor, learn, and grow from our differences.

East End and all of Portland's elementary schools use the Illustrative Mathematics (IM) curriculum.The IM K–5 Math curriculum is based on researched principles and learning trajectories. There are three overarching and interconnected principles—learning, teaching, and equity. These guiding principles are foundational in guiding our instruction of K–5 math concepts and reflect the best ways in which students learn mathematics. These overarching principles teacher delivery and student learning.

Number Talks is another component of our math curriculum and is embedded in the IM program. Number Talks are brief discussions (5–15 minutes) that focus on student solutions for a single, carefully chosen mental math computation problem. Students share their different mental math processes aloud while the teacher records the thinking visually on a chart or the whiteboard. The teacher often names the strategies each student uses. Other students may question, critique, or build on the strategies that are shared.  Daily Number Talks help to build wonderful computational skills, reinforces number sense, and works on the habits of mind that not only make students stronger mathematicians, but also stronger problem solvers and communicators in all academic areas.

Literacy Vision: East End Community School strives for every student to achieve grade level mastery in literacy, including reading, writing, and speaking, and presentation skills. Achieving these skills will put them on the path to college and career readiness.

East End Community School utilizes the Teacher’s College Reading & Writing curriculum. We begin the year by assessing student’s reading levels. Understanding the student’s level of text complexity allows each student to identify texts they can read. Students select a stack of books to keep close on hand in book bins.

Teachers support explicit instruction in the skills and strategies of proficient reading using a gradual release of responsibility model. Teachers develop an understanding of the continuum of development contained within any one skill (e.g. synthesis, prediction, interpretation) by studying performance assessments.

Teacher’s College’s reading program, like its work in writing, is grounded in research on evidenced-based teaching (see John Hattie’s Visible Learning and Geoff Petty’s Evidence-Based Teaching). Readers make their thinking about texts visible by talking and writing about texts.  

During the writing workshop, students are invited to live, work and learn as writers. Students receive direct instruction in a mini-lesson, during which the teacher explicitly names a skill proficient writers use, demonstrates the skill and provides students with guided practice using it. Students then have time to write, applying the repertoire of skills and strategies they’ve learned, while receiving feedback through one-to-one conferences and small group instruction. As part of their learning, teachers sometimes do the same writing work that they teach students to do. They collect ideas, select one to turn into a piece of writing, then draft, revise, edit and publish their own mentor texts.