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STEM School Highlands Ranch Named “World-Leading Learner” and Invited to Join Global Learning Network

STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of just 30 schools in the world and one of two schools in the Denver Metro region named a 2017 World-Leading Learners School, and has been invited to join the Global Learning Network (GLN), a community of educators from exemplary schools that develop, practice and share innovative approaches to education that ensure their students are prepared for career and lifelong success.

In December, leaders from STEM School will head to Boston and meet school leaders from across the world for the Global Learning Network’s, "2017 Convening of World-Leading Learners: Rethinking Education for the 21st Century," co-hosted by America Achieves and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

“We’re thrilled to join the Global Learning Network and to be recognized by America Achieves and the OECD,” said Cody Blackburn, Principal of STEM School. “I’m looking forward to sharing our approach to career preparation with leaders from schools around the world, and hear how other schools are preparing their students for success beyond school.”

“We are witnessing the most significant and fast-paced economic change in recent global history. We need to recognize the significant implications these changes have on the workforce and the knowledge and skills students will need for their future careers,” said Jon Schnur, Executive Chairman of America Achieves, which runs the Global Learning Network.”

STEM School Highlands Ranch will join the Denver School of Innovation and Sustainable Design (DSISD) and the Global Learning Network’s 2017 Cohort of 30 schools from the United States, Singapore, Switzerland, Germany, South Korea and Canada.

State departments of education and partner organizations nominated schools for this opportunity. Once nominated, schools were interviewed, and 17 schools were selected from seven states. Thirteen international schools from six countries were invited by the OECD. Each school was selected for their strong progress in at least one of the following categories:

○ Excellence - schools that exhibit high academic achievement;

○ Equity - schools that are reducing the achievement gap between racial and socioeconomic groups;

○ Innovation - schools that are aligning classroom outcomes with local labor market skills that are crucial to success in the 21st century economy.

October 18, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Charter Schools

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”