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Sustainable learning brings back the ‘fire’ in instruction

As we have discussed in previous weeks, learning environments that provide voice and choice to students and encourage them to strive for higher-levels of thinking like invention are incredibly beneficial to students – both in terms of their engagement and how long knowledge sticks with them.

Teachers tell us that these sustainable learning strategies have been a game changer for them too, because it allows them to really differentiate learning for each student, allowing them to know and understand students better than ever before.

These strategies fit perfectly with Douglas County School District’s Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum, which provides teachers with the flexibility needed as they change their craft to better meet the needs of students.


Watch: These second-year Rock Canyon biotech students are real researchers

Watch: Teachers talk about their experience of changing instructional models



Watch: Students and teachers talk about learning in the traditional setting versus modernized learning in Douglas County



Watch: Teachers talk about being able to take risks and try new things



May 5, 2016 | By CSilberman | Category: World Class Education

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It may look like a plain, white shipping container was just parked on the backyard grounds of Mountain Vista High School. The contents of the container are anything but plain, though. Walking inside the container, different colors of ambient lighting glow, futuristic-looking equipment and tall towers are suspended from the ceiling, and the humidity level is set to 70 percent. The container has been recycled into a new kind of learning opportunity for students.