Growing Together

Growing Together

By Douglas County Schools
The Douglas County School District Growing Together Podcast, bringing our community together through meaningful conversation. Hosted by Erica Mason. Erica will talk to leaders, educators, specialists and community members about topics that matter to you. Join us to ensure DCSD is a thriving community, now and in the future.
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DCSD: Remote Learning
Erica Mason talks with Joy Griffin, our CPE and CE Coordinator at DCSD about remote learning and student support.  QUESTIONS: 1) As we rollout and implement our Strategic Plan, what are you most excited about? How does this support the work that you are doing? 2) Can you tell our listeners about what CTE and CE is?  Why is it important for our Douglas County School District’s students? What opportunities are available to students across the district? 3) What do you wish every student, parent or family knew about CTE/CE? 4) What are the benefits to students, families that participate in CTE/CE courses? What challenges do they face and what advice do you have for overcoming these challenges? 5) How does remote learning impact students that are in CE courses? 6) What advice or strategies do you have for students and parents as they navigate this new environment? 7) How are you continuing to grow and develop the programs?  What new developments might people see in the upcoming years? 8) What is the biggest challenge that educators today face? And how do we (leaders, community, etc.) support them? How do you think that the development and implementation of our strategic plan helps move our district forward related to CTE/CE? 9) What is the most rewarding experience and/or what brings you the most joy in your work with CTE/CE in Douglas County? 10) What is the most important lesson that you learned either as a teacher or leader in all your years in education? RESOURCES: March 27, 2019 Press Release Paula Hans, Public Information Officer 303-387-0031 | pmhans@dcsdk12.org DCSD Uses 3D Printing to Supply Protective Face Shields to Healthcare Providers Douglas County School District is stepping in to help remedy a shortage of protective face shields used by healthcare providers treating those with COVID-19. Career and Technical Education (CTE) engineering teachers at Castle View, Legend, Mountain Vista, and Rock Canyon high schools have joined forces to supply face shields to healthcare providers at Sky Ridge Medical Center. By using 3D printers, these CTE teachers are able to print face shields that provide facial protection for healthcare workers. “I think in these uncertain times, we need to join together to do as much as we are capable of for the betterment and sustainability of our communities and world,” said Mountain Vista High School Engineering Teacher Kent Allison. “If that means I check on shut-in neighbors to see if they need help, or 3D print face shields for doctors on the front lines, we all can find that thing to do to help out. I am honored to help in any way I can and will continue to do so until we get through this.” DCSD CTE teachers are collaborating with local healthcare partners to engage students in authentic learning while the District has transitioned to remote learning following the governor’s executive order suspending in-person learning in public and private schools across the state. “We are deeply humbled by the outpouring of love and support from our community,” said Sky Ridge Medical Center’s Linda Watson, Vice President of Marketing. “Thank you to the Douglas County School District for their creative engineering of these face shields. We are so proud to partner with you and grateful for this gift.” ### About DCSD Douglas County School District is Colorado’s third largest school district and serves 68,000 students. Learn more at www.dcsdk12.org.
17:13
April 3, 2020
Ten Meaningful Minutes: Youth Services in Douglas County
Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon talk with Marsha Alston, the Youth Services Program Manager at Douglas County Youth Initiative, about the different programs and services that are within Douglas County aimed to help and support our students.  QUESTIONS: Tell us about the Douglas County Youth Initiative. What are other programs you offer to Douglas County? If there was one thing you wish all parents could take away from our conversation, what would it be? RESOURCES: https://www.search-institute.org/our-research/development-assets/developmental-assets-framework/ https://www.douglas.co.us/community/partners-and-providers/youth-initiative/ https://www.douglas.co.us/community/partners-and-providers/youth-initiative/wraparound-referral-form/
14:17
March 4, 2020
DCSD: A day in the classroom with Emma Watson, Science Teacher
Erica Mason talks with Emma Watson, a Science Teacher at Cimarron middle school about science day, standards, how kids are engaging in the classroom.  Questions: What are you most excited about being a science teacher and working with students in your classroom? What brought you to become a middle school science teacher? What does a student experience in your classroom? Any examples? What is different about the next generation science standards? You talked about proposing a phenomenon to your students, what are some benefits and/or challenges you have faced? What do you hope to hear from your future students when they look back on their middle school science days?
12:28
February 26, 2020
Ten Meaningful Minutes: Support for At Risk Youth
Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon talk with Amy Topelson about mental health, suicide prevention and how to help at risk students. QUESTIONS: What are signs or indications that a child may need help? If you see signs that your student is struggling, what should parents do? What should a parent do if your child tells you they are struggling with suicidal thoughts? What is the Second Wind Fund? How can parents receive support from the Second Wind Fund? RESOURCES: https://www.thesecondwindfund.org/ https://www.thesecondwindfund.org/resource-links Referral Line for Second Wind Fund (303)988-2645
12:38
February 19, 2020
DCSD: Global issues, student stress, and how to teach difficult topics.
Erica Mason talks with Laurie LaComb, Aaron Ragon and Heather Berry about teaching difficult issues like climate change to students.  QUESTIONS: How do we talk about and teach difficult topics? What is a good explanation we can use to explain climate change to students? What are positive steps we can take to help our students take control and deal with anxiety caused by climate change? What advice do you have for teachers, when it comes to teaching difficult topics and dealing with student anxiety? What are some resources families and teachers can use when dealing with hard topics? RESOURCES: http://www.douglasccd.com/ https://www.facebook.com/DouglasCountyEarthDayEnergyFair/ Tips for talking about climate change: Make a sustainability plan for your household so everyone feels like they are working towards positive change. Note that climate change is a cyclical occurrence on Earth. Encourage positive ways to create change. Be in the present moment,  be where your feet are both mentally and physically. Listen, listen, listen. Connect with nature. NPR- How to Talk to Kids About Climate Change https://www.npr.org/2019/10/22/772266241/how-to-talk-to-your-kids-about-climate-change
14:07
February 12, 2020
Ten Meaningful Minutes: Addiction and phones
Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon discuss technology use among students.  QUESTIONS: Why should we be talking about technology use? From a wellness point of view, what are your thoughts and tips for technology use? RECOURSES: https://www.screenagersmovie.com/ https://www.raisingdigitalnatives.com/screenwise/ For Teens: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-social-media-workbook-for-teens-goali-saedi-bocci-phd/1129213552
12:07
January 29, 2020
DCSD: Dyslexia with Dr. Regan
Erica Mason talks with Dr. Tiffany Regan about dyslexia and the work Douglas County schools are doing to support students and teachers. Questions: Why should we be talking about dyslexia? What does it mean when people have characteristics of dyslexia? Tell us about your experience supporting students with dyslexia and teachers who are dealing with dyslexia in their classrooms. RESOURCES: https://sites.google.com/dcsdk12.org/dyslexia/home
12:05
January 16, 2020
Ten Meaningful Minutes: What is Mindfulness
Aaron Ragon talks with Laurie LaComb about mindfulness, what it is and how it is being used in Douglas County schools.  QUESTIONS: Can you tell me what mindfulness is? Why have we been introducing this to schools? Any antidote to share? What would like our listeners to take away from this?--
12:19
January 9, 2020
DCSD: Co-Teaching and ELD Support at Castle Rock Middle School
In this episode, you'll hear from two collaborating teachers on how the support English Language Learners through a co-teaching model. Additionally, Dir. of ELD, Remy Rummel shares her philosophy of co-teaching for DCSD students. QUESTIONS: What is your vision of ELD programming at CRMS? Talk about the ELD programming in DCSD as it relates to co-teaching. What does it look like in your setting? How did you get started with collaboration and co-teaching? How has your journey evolved? What lessons have you learned while implementing co-teaching? What advice would you give educators who are in the early stages of collaboration and co-teaching? As we rollout and implement our Strategic Plan, what are you most excited about? What is the biggest challenge that educators today face? And how do we (leaders, community, etc.) support them? How do you think that the development and implementation of our strategic plan, along with collaborative practices, will help? What is most rewarding experience you’ve had in working with students in this school or as part of the co-teaching experience? What is the most important lesson that your learned either as a teacher or leader in all your years in education?
16:03
January 3, 2020
Ten Meaningful Minutes: Part Two of Tips, tricks, and trap doors. Helping your student through the college process
In this episode, Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon continue their discussion about preparing your students for college. QUESTIONS: Can you describe the application process? Are there essays college's dont want to read? What is the process for students to get letters of recommendation? As parents, is there anything we should avoid?
15:05
December 18, 2019
DCSD: MTSS in action in Douglas County
This podcast will provide some insight from current leaders and implementing educators in DCSD related to MTSS. QUSTIONS: What does MTSS look like in your building? What are the next steps for you this coming year? When we talk about MTSS in you building, how do you know the systems you have put in place are working? What sort of tools, management or monitoring systems are you using to measure success, or to find where you should make adjustments? What are some challenges you've faced through implementing MTSS so others can learn from your mistakes or the lessons you've learned? How do RTI and MTSS work together? We have many schools implementing MTSS for the first time, what advice can you give to put them on a path to success?
12:19
December 11, 2019
Ten Meaningful Minutes: Part One of Tips, tricks, and trap doors. Helping your students through the college process
In this episode, Laurie LaComb talks with Aaron Ragon about preparing your students for college.  Tips for how to apply, the importance of visiting schools, and how to make wise financial decisions when choosing a school.  QUESTIONS: How do you start the search for the right college? Why is it important to visit colleges? How to know if the school is a good fit for your student? How to help your student make wise financial decisions when choosing a school? When do they introduce Naviance to students?
11:40
December 4, 2019
DCSD: It's okay not to be okay.
In this episode we visit with two students (Jay Chohan and Zoey Zizzo) from Rock Canyon High School to hear about their Douglas County School District learning experience. QUESTIONS: What is your hope for the future of students in Douglas County School District? What is the hardest part about being a student in 2019, or more importantly what is the hardest part about being a young adult in 2019? What advice would you give our teachers in leaders in supporting your learning and growth? In what ways do you feel prepared to graduate and continue on to additional schooling, service or entering the workforce? This is your chance to talk to teachers, parents and other students.  What do each of us need to do to hear from you as representatives of DCSD I always ask guests what they think is the biggest challenge that teachers today face? What do you think it is and how do we overcome that challenge? As a student in 2019, what do you and the wider student body most want teachers to consider as they plan for their daily interactions with students and instruction? What is the most important lesson that you’ve learned as a student in DCSD? We know that the social emotional and mental health pressures that students today face are large and prevalent in our community.  What is the best way to help each other?
13:24
November 22, 2019
Ten Meaningful Minutes: If student struggles arise, what are the best steps to take to solve them
Laurie LaComb and Aaron Ragon define anxiety, identifying signs of anxiety, and providing a few strategies. QUESTIONS: If student struggles arise, what are the best steps to take to solve them? What steps can parents take to help find solutions within the school setting? Resources: DCSD website- Healthy Schools & Mental Health https://www.dcsdk12.org/about/our_district/departments/health_wellness_and_prevention/healthy_schools___wellness_resources
15:44
November 13, 2019
DCSD: Educator Effectiveness with Guest Dr. Kirby
This week we visit with Deane Kirby to hear a little bit about her vision around instructional leadership and alignment to the strategic plan. QUESTIONS: What is your philosophy of instructional leadership? How does your work connect with our strategic plan? How did you develop your leadership identity over the years, and how do you communicate your values to the people you work with? What do you think is the biggest challenge for educators? What is the best leadership advice you have received?
15:56
November 6, 2019
Ten Meaningful Minutes: Anxiety
Laurie LaComb talks with Aaron Ragon (DCSD Counselor Leader), about what anxiety is followed by strategies and tips to help students and others deal with it. QUESTIONS: What is anxiety? What are signs of anxiety that parents need to look out for?  What are some ideas of how to handle anxiety? Resources: https://www.dcsdk12.org/about/our_district/departments/health_wellness_and_prevention/healthy_schools___wellness_resources
10:45
September 30, 2019
DCSD "The Vision"
Host: Erica Mason Guest(s): Dr. Thomas Tucker Erica Mason and Dr. Thomas Tucker discuss the instructional leadership, the vision and the strategic plan for DCSD QUESTIONS:  What is your vision of Instructional Leadership? In our district, our strategic plan is all about growing together ( our students, leaders, teachers, etc.)  What does this mean to you and how do you see us working through this? As we rollout and implement our Strategic Plan, what do you anticipate will make it impactful? What is the best leadership advice that you’ve ever received? As superintendent, what is it that you most want teachers to know about you, Dr. Thomas S. Tucker? Length: 13:41
13:43
September 20, 2019