One District, One Community
Hit the road with us for a journey across Douglas County while we visit with teachers and students and learn about the World Class Education taking place. Communications staffer, Chris Silberman, is the tour guide on this journey, sharing his experiences with us and highlighting the accomplishments of our amazing teachers along the way.
Chris joined the DCSD Communications team in September 2015. He grew up in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, and moved to Colorado in 1999. He is a graduate of the University of Colorado at Denver and served as Executive Director of a local music education nonprofit, as well as a local disability nonprofit prior to joining DCSD.
Over the next two months, I will be hitting the road, going on a tour of classrooms in Douglas County, visiting with teachers, principals and students from each subdistrict, learning about the World Class Education taking place, and sharing the highlights of my experiences. My goal is to celebrate our community, our students, our teachers and our school district’s diversity of offerings, all of which contribute to Douglas County being a pretty great place to be.
What's really happening in Parker classrooms? (District F)
I’ve heard the phrase “innovative classroom” several times in the five months since I began working with Douglas County School District. I have to admit, I do get a little skeptical in general when I hear the word “innovative.”
5 real world examples for student success (District G)
I want for kids to be interested in school as much as the next person, but how do we ensure that they leave school with the understanding and abilities that will make them successful in the real world? Is the focus on real-world projects completely replacing reading, writing and arithmetic that we got in school?
This week, I visited with teachers and principals in District G, which includes the north and west regions of Parker.
How to keep kids engaged (District D)
Staying engaged in what’s happening now is hard for us adults. With such a distraction-heavy culture, it becomes really difficult to sit still for a few hours or more and truly listen, learn and be engaged.
Imagine what it must be like for kids.
I can imagine that my introduction to Douglas County School District six months ago was not unlike the experience many parents new to the District have. I found myself in a whirlwind of edu-vocabulary and acronyms: GVC (Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum), World Class Outcomes, and 4C’s (creativity, communication, collaboration, critical thinking).
Ending bullying in Highlands Ranch (District A)
160,000 students nationwide skip school every day for fear of being bullied. These schools are taking steps to ensure a safe learning environment for everybody.
Are these new ideas? Not really. (District C)
With an emphasis on World Class Outcomes, 21st century skills, authentic learning experiences and more, teachers are leading the way to prepare students for their futures. But are these new ideas? How does a teacher teach these skills? What is effect on students?
It wasn't working...so they took a risk (District E)
District E (Lone Tree & Castle Pines) teachers gave their students a voice, solicited their feedback and discovered what they have been doing for years was no longer working. Students were compliant but they were not engaged. Something needed to change.