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Dr. Yong Zhao says teachers are 'the guardians of their students’ dreams'

CASTLE ROCK - Internationally recognized education expert and author, Dr. Yong Zhao, spent the last two days meeting with hundreds of Douglas County School District (DCSD) teachers and leaders.
“Dr. Zhao is passionate about the transformation of education to better prepare our students for the future,” said DCSD Development and Innovation Officer Pat McGraw. “Much of his work informs our strategic plan.”
On Wednesday evening, Zhao was the keynote speaker at an educators’ forum. Nearly 400 teachers and district leaders attended the forum and asked questions about education issues and teaching practices.

“Ask, ‘what do we want to be?’,” said Zhao when asked what advice he would offer to DCSD. “Try innovative things. My book is a call to rethink what is possible and what is best for our children.”

McGraw points to Zhao’s latest book, “World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students,” as an influential resource for teachers developing the DCSD Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum. 

According to McGraw, Dr. Zhao’s visit was all about sustainable learning. “These past two days will frame all of the work we will be doing with teachers during the summer and next school year,” continued McGraw.

In addition to meeting with teachers, Dr. Zhao was a guest on the weekly radio talk show, “Let’s Talk Education” with host, DCSD Superintendent Dr. Elizabeth Fagen. A recording of the show can be found at .

May 2, 2013 | By Anonymous | Category: Communications

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