• Employee Resources
  • Language

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

District News

While the holidays are often a joyous time with friends and family, we know that they can also be stressful, not just for adults, but for children too. In addition to the annual pressure of gift giving, family gathering and travel, the holidays can trigger memories of the loss of loved ones and other traumatic events.

DCSD Board of Directors sitting at dais

On Monday, December 4, the Douglas County School District Board of Education voted unanimously (with six voting members) to approve a resolution to rescind the Choice Scholarship Program. The Resolution outlines three steps to this revocation: 1) Rescind the Choice Scholarship Program, 2) Repeal all district policies specifically related to the Choice Scholarship Program and the School Choice Grant Program, 3) Direct the Board President and/or Interim Superintendent to end the litigation challenging the Choice Scholarship Program in a cost-efficient and timely manner. The resolution takes effect immediately.

HRHS Cyber Patriots

Equifax, Target, Yahoo... Unfortunately it is not uncommon to hear about— or fall victim to— data security breaches as computers become increasingly integrated into our lives. However, a generation of high school students are preparing to fill cybersecurity roles to help protect all of us against future attacks; and many of these future protectors are right here in Douglas County. Meet the Highlands Ranch High School CyberPatriots.