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Learning Academy is Here

As educators, sometimes it is hard to find time to continue our own education. With grading after school, meetings, and life in general getting in the way, setting aside time for personal & professional growth often times gets put on the back burner.

In this digital age, professional learning opportunities like MOOCs, twitter chats, and webinars are gaining in popularity as a way for educators to access professional development.  As a district, we wanted to provide a way for DCSD educators to get their hands and brains on just right, just in time, and just for you learning.  

Through collaboration with teachers, administrators, and district departments, Learning Academy was born. With this resource, educators can sit back, relax, and learn from the comfort of their own home.

Learning Academy is an on-demand learning platform that is chock-full of a variety of ways to learn and thousands of resources for DCSD staff.  For example, if you wanted to find some reading comprehension strategies that you could use in your classroom, here are just some of the resources at your disposal:

Check out the video below about getting started exploring topics of interest for you.


Educators around the district have already explored Learning Academy as a professional growth tool. Carmen De Tata, an English as Second Language teacher at Douglas County High School, shared her thoughts on Learning Academy.

“This is really going to help teachers...This is our go-to for professional development.”

Join Carmen and many other teachers and leaders by using Learning Academy for your own professional learning and growth.

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.


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January 22, 2018 | By CSilberman | Category: Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Growth

District News

On February 9 the PACE Center hosted Portfolio Day for students like Sladovnik. It was an opportunity for critiques from working professional artists, and workshops. It culminates in the "Bright Futures" art exhibit - a showcase of selected work on display February 16-27.

Last month, the Board of Education passed a resolution tasking the Superintendent to convene a task force inclusive of members of the general public and staff members. This task force will develop a survey for parents of students eligible for special education services and a survey for staff members who serve students eligible for special education services.

Board members sitting at the dais

CASTLE ROCK - On February 6, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) Board of Education confirmed its commitment to begin the process of seeking approval from voters for additional local funding.

“Our children need a bond and mill levy override (MLO) to be passed in 2018, beyond any doubt,” said DCSD Board of Education President David Ray. “We want to move forward immediately with the necessary processes and collaboration with our community in order to finalize a formal funding package.”