For five years we have been taking community members on tours of our schools via DSUSD school busses. Each year, the program changes a bit to provide new ways of sharing just what happens beyond the gates of our 34 schools. Last year kicked off with a celebration of the completion of renovation projects at Hoover Elementary, La Quinta Middle, and Indio High.
Our second, and final TREC of the school year was a celebration of the district's strategic effort to infuse technology into the classroom. In March, we visited our newest school, Richard R. Oliphant Elementary, then Desert Ridge Academy, and ending at Amistad High School - all to showcase the district's innovative spirit!
Past participants have provided great feedback and comments:
“In the 5th grade science class, I asked a student if it would matter if you added more or fewer rocks, and the student looked at me [puzzled] and said the rocks were variables as if I should know. Not one student was out of place or inappropriate; it was running as a well-oiled machine.”
“We got an early introduction to the connection between IB and Common Core, but it all goes back to engaging students. If teachers can challenge them, students will take responsibility for their learning. That is where the strength is and, when they get to the high school, they will be prepared to take advantage of these amazing opportunities.”
“As a retired teacher, I loved the balance I observed. I loved what the middle school did to stretch the instruction. Classrooms without walls and the 5th grade class blew my mind, I would of stayed there forever because of the science. The 1st grade classroom was so balanced, they had walls filled with information... but also had Sponge Bob! It was a gentle balance as if they were at home, as well as in the middle and high schools.”
Anyone interested in participating is welcome and should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.