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Prepare for something great!


The Create Something Great 2016 Think Tank is scheduled for the week of June 6th through June 9th at Mountain Vista High School and Mountain Ridge Middle School. Created by teachers for teachers, the Think Tank allows DCSD teachers to share ideas, collaborate and network with colleagues from across the country.


Monday, June 6:

  • The week begins with the CSG Student Innovation Expo from 9:00 am-2:00 pm at MVHS.  This event showcases the prototypes, products, apps, inventions, and service learning projects that DCSD students are forging as a result of the implementation of innovative instructional strategies in DCSD classrooms.

  • Following the Innovation Expo is a panel discussion from 5:00-6:30 pm in the auditorium at MVHS, featuring four distinguished panelists from education and industry such as:

    • Allison Zmuda, author of Learning Personalized

    • Adrian Bazemore from Proctor and Gamble’s eCommerce Division in Seattle, WA

    • Jeff Boodie founder and CEO of JobSnap in Los Angeles, CA


Tuesday-Thursday, June 7-9:

Concurrent learning offerings are available between June 7-9 at Mountain Vista HS and Mountain Ridge MS.

  • Design Thinking Boot Camp facilitated by Leonard Medlock of EdSurge

  • DEEP 201 sessions facilitated by Lee Ann Hayen, principal at Castle Rock Middle and Meghan Ofer, principal at Roxborough Intermediate School.  

  • Learning Sessions along with the Design Thinking Workshop: There are over 50 learning sessions June 7-9 designed to allow teachers to explore and collaborate around three tracks of learning: Innovative Instructional Models, Assessing in Real World, Authentic Context, and Modern Tools for Modern Learners.  Educators and businesses from across the country as well as DCSD educators will be facilitating these sessions. 


Visit the Create Something Great event website for more details.

Registration is free for all DCSD educators and opens exclusively for DCSD on February 28th. CSG registration opens nationally on March 18th. Please contact Mary Murphy, Russell Loucks, or Mary Lisa Harper in World Class Education for additional information.


February 21, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: Create Something Great

District News

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DOUGLAS COUNTY – Graduation rates in the Douglas County School District (DCSD) continue to climb. Data released today by the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) shows the on-time, four-year graduation rate is now 90.4 percent.

DCSD students also made an impressive showing at graduation. The class of 2017 earned more than $82 million in scholarships.

DCSD has one of the highest graduation rates in the Denver metro area. According to CDE, DCSD graduation rates have risen steadily from 81.9 percent in 2009 to 90.4 percent in 2017.

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The top two-percent of female athletes in Douglas County School District (DCSD) were honored at the annual Girls and Women in Sports Luncheon last week at Chaparral High School. This year represented the 30th national celebration of Girls and Women in Sports Day, created to encourage and promote the participation of girls in athletics. The girls who were honored were selected by their school’s coaches, athletic directors and principals for their outstanding achievements.

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Working through the recent winter break, the Douglas County School District Board of Education has kicked off its search for DCSD’s next permanent superintendent. Following a thorough vetting of potential search firms, Ray & Associates (no relation to Board Director David Ray) has been hired to conduct the national search. The cost of the firm, excluding travel expenses, is $40,000. The money will come from the school board's budget, which is used for costs such as legal expenses and conferences.