Building Compassionate Learners

Douglas County School District’s Building Compassionate Learning Communities Conference, scheduled for March 27 and 28, has been postponed. We will notify you when we are able to reschedule the event.

Thank you for your interest in this important conference and for your understanding.

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A Conference to Foster Thriving and Compassionate Communities

This conference will foster thriving and compassionate communities of students and adults by building further capacity for Social Emotional Learning amongst teachers, parents, and community members. Learning at this conference will include training for teachers and parents around mental health and well-being, strategies for students and staff to assist with stress and anxiety, and considerations for parents in supporting their children to be successful students.

In Partnership with: SkyRidge Medical Center Logo



Keynote Speaker: Donna Y. Ford

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Donna Y. Ford, PhD, is a Distinguished Professor of Education and Human Ecology and Kirwan Institute Faculty Affiliate at The Ohio State University's College of Education and Human Ecology. She is in the Educational Studies Dept., Special Education Program. She returned to OSU in Aug. 2019. Previously, she was a professor at Vanderbilt University and one of the leading experts/authorities on gifted Black students. Professor Ford has written over 150 articles and book chapters; she has made over a 1,000 presentations at professional conferences and organizations, and in school districts. 


 Learning Strands

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Restorative Practices class image of kindergarten teacher working with kids in a circle  Trauma informed care class image of teacher talking intently to a student 

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Dining Options

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Food Delivery:

Quick Stops: 

  • Zoe’s Kitchen
  • Kneaders Bakery & Cafe
  • Noodles & Co
  • Chipotle
  • Torchy’s Tacos
  • Shake Shack
  • Mad Greens


  • Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
  • Old Chicago
  • Modern Market
  • Crave Burgers


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In compliance with Titles VI & VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, and Colorado law, the Douglas County School District RE-1 does not unlawfully discriminate against otherwise qualified students, employees, applicants for employment, or members of the public on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, religion, ancestry, or need for special education services. Discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on age, genetic information, and conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth is also prohibited in accordance with state and/or federal law. Complaint procedures have been established for students, parents, employees, and members of the public. The School District’s Compliance Officer and Title IX Coordinator to address complaints alleging sexual harassment under Title IX is Ted Knight, Assistant Superintendent, 620 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock, Colorado,, 303-387-0067. Complaints regarding violations of Title VI, (race, national origin), Title IX (sex, gender), Section 504/ADA (handicap or disability), may be filed directly with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, 1244 North Speer Blvd., Suite 310, Denver, CO 80204. Complaints regarding violations of Title VII (employment) and the ADEA (prohibiting age discrimination in employment) may be filed directly with the Federal Office of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 303 E. 17th Ave., Suite 510, Denver, CO 80202, or the Colorado Civil Rights Commission, 1560 Broadway, Suite 1050, Denver, CO 80202.