at 1860 Lincoln Ave , 80202
This is the place to get all your updates on the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) www.ddeschool.org
It was wonderful to see such a great turnout at Back to School Night despite the "snuggly" weather. Thank you to all the crew leaders and families that made it a success. And a special thanks to Denver Public Library for signing up our kiddos for cards and Radian Design for helping us envision future play spaces.
You know how I love Mr. Rogers! Here's a quote for the last day of school: "When I was very young, most of my childhood heroes wore capes, flew through the air, or picked up buildings with one arm. They were spectacular and got a lot of attention. But as I grew, my heroes changed, so that now I can honestly say that anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me." Here's to the hero in all of us. Love to you all! --Scott
DDES Families, Denver Public Schools and DDES have closed schools today. YMCA care at 1860 is closed as well. There will be no after school Enrichment classes.
As you know, DDES is one of more than 200 schools throughout the country who are vital members of the Expeditionary Learning family. As such, we contribute to, and learn from, some of the best educators in the country. Scott Hartl, President of Expeditionary Learning, is an old friend, former colleague, and one of the smartest leaders on the planet. You might be interested in reading his letter to our "national crew" of EL teachers and school leaders. Enjoy! -- Scott Dear Friends, 2014 was a groundbreaking year for Expeditionary Learning (EL) thanks to your support. Looking back on the past year, I am deeply proud of the quality of the work we have done together. To kick off the new year, I'd like to highlight three things that set EL apart and position us for even deeper impact. 1. New high quality resources created in partnership with our schools. There is great teaching and learning happening in EL schools. It's remarkable, but not surprising, that three of the current State Teachers of the Year teach at EL schools. We have harnessed the innovation and best practices of the 160 schools in our network, creating resources that more and more teachers are using to meet the challenges of today's classrooms. I invite you to take a moment to explore them. Check out our two new books, Leaders of Their Own Learning and Transformational Literacy, to see why we have sold more than 19,000 copies in less than nine months. View our Inspiring Excellence series in our growing archive of instructional videos - filmed in EL classrooms around the country - that bring our vision of teaching and learning to life. The first 60 videos in this collection have already been downloaded more than 250,000 times. Visit our expanded Center for Student Work, the nation's largest archive of exemplary student work, Pre-K-12. Now teachers across the country can use these models to raise questions, provoke thinking, and inspire excellence. 2. The growing awareness of our work and impact. For more than 20 years, we have stood for a vision of teaching and learning that joins academic achievement to character and student work of exceptional quality. In EL schools, students are deeply engaged in their learning. They are solving real world problems - even as young as first graders, and they are using their learning to make the world a better place. EL's vision matters deeply to many and our work is reaching many new audiences. Our open-source English Language Arts Common Core curriculum has been downloaded more than 2 million times and is being used in thousands of schools in 36 states and Washington, D.C. We have launched new strategic partnerships with urban districts like Hartford and Boston to build teacher capacity. Teachers across the districts are using our nationally recognized literacy curriculum and professional coaching to sharpen the craft of teaching and lesson design that is essential to the quality of teaching and the quality of outcomes. EL won a $12 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to demonstrate a model of professional learning for novice teachers that is scalable across the country. In his 2014 State of the Union Address, President Obama recognized Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School senior Estiven Rodriguez and applauded the school's groundbreaking College March, celebrating the school-wide standard of 100% college acceptance. In December, First Lady Michelle Obama attended the College March at Capital City Public Charter School, an EL Mentor School in Washington, D.C. 3. Maintaining the spirit of crew at the center of everything we do. In 2014, we saw an expansion of our work. Even more importantly, we reaffirmed and clarified our core values and enduring commitment to quality. Our secret sauce has always been and will continue to be the exceptional bond of community across the EL network. Nowhere was this more evident than at our National Conference in December, where for the first time, more than 1100 educators gathered to share best practices and model how teachers can inspire students to be leaders of their own learning. Our vision of teaching and learning speaks powerfully to the new capacities of students for creative problem solving and deep understanding that are required for success today in school, work, and life. Please join me in applauding the work of our teachers and honoring them as the creative and empowered agents of the change our country needs. We're proud to provide a compelling vision of student achievement that goes beyond test scores, giving teachers the tools and resources to transform their classrooms. We thank you for taking this journey with us. We have ambitious goals and exciting plans ahead. We count on you as our "crew" and look forward to partnering with you in the coming year to continue to grow the impact, quality and influence of our work. It matters more than ever. Warmest wishes for the new year, Scott Hartl President & CEO
Interested in learning about enrolling in the Downtown Denver Expeditionary School? Come to our next Open House, Monday January 12 from 6:30-7:30pm at 1860 Lincoln.
We're still on for this afternoon's "Picnic in the Park." It's raining now - and thundering a bit - so be careful and only get out when it's safe. Our DDES Crew will be heading that way soon, we hope. No "rain plan" - so if you're not able to make it tonight, we'll see you next week!
We are thrilled to pass on the news that last night the Denver Public School Board of Education approved the Downtown Denver Expeditionary Middle School to open for the 2017-2018 school year. We have two beautiful planning years to engage our community in this development. Thank you to all those who did outreach,wrote letters of support, spoke at public meetings, filled out surveys, and came to community meetings. This is truly another CREW moment.
We are happy to report that Denver Public Schools staff recommendation to the Board is to approve the charter application for the Downtown Denver Expeditionary Middle School to open in 2017! The Board of Education will vote on June 18 whether or not to accept that recommendation and officially approve the school. We would love to see our community support the final process of this application on June 11 at 5pm at 1860 Lincoln for Public Comment. Supporters will not need to speak but can show solidarity for this application with their presence.