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1 DSST: New Visions

2 Organizations learn only through individuals who learn. Individual learning does not guarantee organizational learning. But without it no organizational learning occurs - Peter Senge from The Fifth Discipline Our Guiding Thought…

3 The Denver School of Science and Technology is dedicated to providing a diverse student body with an outstanding liberal arts secondary education with a science and technology focus. By creating a powerful learning community centered on core values and a shared commitment to academic excellence, DSST will increase the number of underrepresented students (women, minorities and economically disadvantaged) who attain college science and liberal arts degrees. DSST graduates will be responsible, engaged citizens who are prepared to be leaders of the future. Mission Statement

4 Vision Statement To become a premiere secondary school in Colorado where 100% of our students meet state standards in math, science and English in our Prep Academy. To become a premiere secondary school in Colorado where 100% of our students meet state standards in math, science and English in our Prep Academy. To create an innovative school where students acquire a rigorous academic foundation that they can apply to the community and world around them in meaningful ways. To create an innovative school where students acquire a rigorous academic foundation that they can apply to the community and world around them in meaningful ways. To create an academic program where 100% of our students earn college acceptance and are prepared to successfully earn a college degree. To create an academic program where 100% of our students earn college acceptance and are prepared to successfully earn a college degree. To graduate students with character and a sense of civic responsibility of whom a significant percentage will assume leadership positions in an increasingly scientific based society. To graduate students with character and a sense of civic responsibility of whom a significant percentage will assume leadership positions in an increasingly scientific based society. To be an innovative and model school that helps redefine the American high school experience. To be an innovative and model school that helps redefine the American high school experience.

5 Core Values Respect Respect Responsibility Responsibility Integrity Integrity Courage Courage Curiosity Curiosity Doing Your Best Doing Your Best

6 Where we came from First Day of School Ever…. at the Beuf

7 4 Years: Who Have We Become? Mission, Vision and Values Mission, Vision and Values Student growth: academics and character Student growth: academics and character Excellence Excellence Caring and Accountability Caring and Accountability Team: Personal and Professional Team: Personal and Professional Learning Organization Learning Organization

8 4 Years: What We Have Accomplished Top Performing HS in Colorado: Growth and Performance Only HS ever in CO to earn Significant Improvement 3 years 100% 75 graduates National Model Started MS

9 HS: Where are We Going? Completed the building of a four year program – Improve what was created Completed the building of a four year program – Improve what was created

10 MS: Where are we going? Building out the 6-12 model - Creating the highest performing MS in Colorado Building out the 6-12 model - Creating the highest performing MS in Colorado

11 Taking Stock: How Are We Doing Meeting Our Vision?

12 Vision #1 To become a premiere secondary school in Colorado where 100% of our students meet state standards in math, science and English in our Prep Academy. To become a premiere secondary school in Colorado where 100% of our students meet state standards in math, science and English in our Prep Academy. –Top performing HS in Colorado on CSAPS in growth & performance serving similar demographic. –Our overall proficiency scores down in –Awaiting Growth Scores from this year – indications are 9 th grade – flat, 10 th grade - down

13 CSAP Results: 9 th Grade

14 9 th Explore Results 9th Explore Pre- Test Post- TestGrowth Pre- Test Post- TestGrowth Reading English Math Science Composi te

15 CSAP Results: 10 th Grade

16 CSAP – Achievement Gap Racial Gap : Closed by 18% to 15% difference vs. DPS 30% gap Income Gap: Closed by 16% to 3% - roughly no gap compared to DPS at 26% gap Average Scale Scores by Ethnicity show same results Not all good: White scores went down

17 10 th Grade DSST FL vs. DPS Total

18 10 th Plan Results 10th Plan Pre- Test Post- TestGrowth Pre- Test Post- TestGrowth Reading English Math Science Composi te

19 Vision #2 To create an innovative school where students acquire a rigorous academic foundation that they can apply to the community and world around them in meaningful ways. To create an innovative school where students acquire a rigorous academic foundation that they can apply to the community and world around them in meaningful ways. –Senior Projects: a solid first year –100% of Juniors placed in a summer experiences –Internship Program – a strong second year –Addition of Service Learning Program/NHS growth

20 Vision #3 To create an academic program where 100% of our students earn college acceptance and are prepared to successfully earn a college degree. To create an academic program where 100% of our students earn college acceptance and are prepared to successfully earn a college degree. –100% –73 of 78 seniors graduated on time – rest finishing –ACT Scores: 7th highest in the state: 6.6% FRL schools above us –AP Scores: 81% pass rate vs. 63% national –How our graduates do in college?

21 ACT Results Summary

22 ACT Results Highlights 3.7% Growth on Pre-Post Tests 3.7% Growth on Pre-Post Tests 2 nd highest in the state in math 2 nd highest in the state in math 5 th highest in the state in science 5 th highest in the state in science 10 th highest in the state in English 10 th highest in the state in English 28 th highest in reading in state 28 th highest in reading in state ACT 11 th Grade scores – largest gains ACT 11 th Grade scores – largest gains

23 11 th ACT Growth Results 11th ACT Pre- Test Post- TestGrowth Pre- Test Post- TestGrowth Reading English Math Science Composi te

24 2008 AP Results TotalsAvg. Number taking test 94 Average Score Scores 3335% 4 Scores 2527% 3 Scores 1819% 1-2 Scores 1819% % Passing Rate 81%100% AP Pass Rate: 81% vs. National rate of 63% 100% Passing rates achieved in Calculus, Physics II, English, Computer Science 62% of scores were 4s and 5s Average Score 3.7

25 Vision #4 To graduate students with character and a sense of civic responsibility of whom a significant percentage will assume leadership positions in an increasingly scientific based society. To graduate students with character and a sense of civic responsibility of whom a significant percentage will assume leadership positions in an increasingly scientific based society. –Senior Project, Internship Program, NHS, Athletics, Service Learning, Clubs to develop future leaders –The Graduation Ceremony exemplified the character of this class. –Time will tell as students enter the world… –An area to grow..

26 Vision #5 To be an innovative and model school that helps redefine the American high school experience. To be an innovative and model school that helps redefine the American high school experience. –Changed the conversation locally: –Professional Learning Exemplar Site for Texas –Based on the results you have gotten, DSST is one of the premier STEM models in the country. Steve Seleznow, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation –Completing the articulation of our model per our Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (link) –Next Challenge: Scale

27 What People Have Been Saying About DSST We have to make sure the [DSST] model of emphasizing the community and the individual spreads throughout Colorado. DSST is having results better than we dared to imagine. Lt. Gov. Barbara OBrien - April 2008

28 What People Have Been Saying About DSST DSST has forced a new conversation in education and shown what can be done. DSST has become a destination of inspiration across the district. – Michael Bennet– April 2008

29 What People Have Been Saying About DSST DSST has become that model the City can be proud of by educating all students and sending them all to college. Mayor John Hickenlooper – April 2008

30 Student Reflection I cant really put in words how thankful I am being a graduate from the Denver School of Science and Technology. I often look back and remember my very first day. To be honest with you I didnt like the school at first and often times wanted to leave, but I stuck with it because I knew that no where else I was going to get the education I received at DSST. You were always there for me, and I know that youll continue to be there throughout college if not life. At Regis I plan to major in psychology and go on to become a clinical psychologist and work with kids. I look back at my freshman and sophomore year and think to myself that I have grown and matured so much! I remember saying that all I was going to do in life was to drop out of high school, get married, and become a housewife. Then junior year came, and I started thinking realistically. It was in my junior year where I finally knew what I wanted to do with my life, and it didnt include marriage or kids right now. Now Im on my way to college and bigger and brighter things. - Maricela Reyes – Class of I cant really put in words how thankful I am being a graduate from the Denver School of Science and Technology. I often look back and remember my very first day. To be honest with you I didnt like the school at first and often times wanted to leave, but I stuck with it because I knew that no where else I was going to get the education I received at DSST. You were always there for me, and I know that youll continue to be there throughout college if not life. At Regis I plan to major in psychology and go on to become a clinical psychologist and work with kids. I look back at my freshman and sophomore year and think to myself that I have grown and matured so much! I remember saying that all I was going to do in life was to drop out of high school, get married, and become a housewife. Then junior year came, and I started thinking realistically. It was in my junior year where I finally knew what I wanted to do with my life, and it didnt include marriage or kids right now. Now Im on my way to college and bigger and brighter things. - Maricela Reyes – Class of 2008.

31 Parent Reflection DSST started with an idea that given the right setting, goals and opportunity students can succeed. By staying true to those ideals, they have achieved those goals and started a wonderful new trend showing what is possible. Expectations were set high and remained high as students were challenged to reach those goals. Support was provided with small class sizes, tutoring, and any additional support to keep each child achieving at their highest level. There was never any questions that DSST staff was preparing their students for college. - Sarah Jones, parent of Tera Jones Class of 08 attending Pomona College

32 Where Do Go From Here - HS DSST HS: Improve what we built – we have a long way to go…. DSST HS: Improve what we built – we have a long way to go…. – –Improve student learning growth – –Strengthen teaching and learning – –Decrease number of retained students – –Continue to build a high student engagement culture – –Send more students to four year college – –Model learning culture…

33 Where do we go from here - MS Build the best middle school in the state of Colorado: Build the best middle school in the state of Colorado: –Build a culture of excellence –Laser focus on student achievement –Build on the strengths of the HS –Learn from the mistakes of the HS

34 Shared HS & MS Focus Instruction, Instruction and Instruction Instruction, Instruction and Instruction Simplification of instructional systems – stronger implementation Singular focus on standards – daily outcomes, tracking, and use of data for immediate feedback Consistent implementation of improved instructional strategies to maximize student achievement Sense of Urgency in Classrooms

35 More effectively, Not More This does not mean working more – it means working more effectively. This does not mean working more – it means working more effectively. A unified instructional system – less systems work, more instructional work A unified instructional system – less systems work, more instructional work Year-long focus on teaching and learning strategies Year-long focus on teaching and learning strategies More time: More instructional/department meeting time More time: More instructional/department meeting time

36 What Does the Future Hold? A fully developed 6-12 model that could achieve 100% proficiencies in 10 th grade A fully developed 6-12 model that could achieve 100% proficiencies in 10 th grade Accelerated curriculum by one year Accelerated curriculum by one year 100 Graduates from DSST a year 100 Graduates from DSST a year A network of DSSTs in the Greater Denver Metro Area that could send up to 500 students to four year college annually. A network of DSSTs in the Greater Denver Metro Area that could send up to 500 students to four year college annually.

37 Extraordinary Opportunity Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. - Everett Koop Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. - Everett Koop

38 Extraordinary Opportunity We all have an extraordinary opportunity to change students lives. The eyes of the city, state, country on us The eyes of the city, state, country on us Increase the number of students going to four year college = changed lives Increase the number of students going to four year college = changed lives Indirectly impact thousands Indirectly impact thousands Model learning organization Model learning organization


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