Monitoring the Storm - January 21, 2018

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Learning Academy is Coming

Winter may be coming, but so is The Learning Academy.  The quest for ideas, examples, and inspiration can leave teachers and leaders on a never-ending Google search wondering whether or not the resource is valuable for their professional growth.

Learning Academy is the result of input and collaboration with teachers, administrators, and district departments. From literacy strategies to tech tools, Learning Academy is an ever growing resource for teachers and leaders. Check out the different categories currently in the Learning Academy:



Victoria Newman, a first year teacher at Coyote Creek Elementary, shared her thoughts when she explored Learning Academy.

“Not only will it help me, but it’ll help my students to better their education and to make sure that they are on the right track because I’m on the right track.”

Join Victoria and many other teachers and leaders by checking out Learning Academy. It will officially go live in January, but DCSD staff can take a sneak peak during the months of November & December.

For more information, contact any member of Curriculum, Instruction, & Professional Growth or check out the Learning Academy and other resources, including curriculum frameworks on CIPG’s website.

November 13, 2017 | By CSilberman | Category: Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Growth

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.