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Own, Act, Impact

 
Students collaborating

Students​ ​Own​ ​Their​ ​Learning

At​ ​Durango​ ​9-R,​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​asking​ ​students​ ​to​ ​fit​ ​the​ ​mold​ ​and​ ​needs​ ​of​ ​the​ ​organization,​ ​we​ ​personalize​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​adjust​ ​instruction​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​the needs​ ​of​ ​each​ ​student.​ ​The​ ​result​ ​is​ ​that​ ​students​ ​own​ ​their​ ​learning,​ ​lending​ ​their​ ​voice​ ​to​ ​their​ ​personal​ ​development​ ​of​ ​essential​ ​skills​ ​and knowledge​ ​in​ ​all​ ​content​ ​areas.​ ​When​ ​students​ ​own​ ​their​ ​learning,​ ​they​ ​become​ ​prepared​ ​for​ ​the​ ​rigor​ ​of​ ​college,​ ​career,​ ​and​ ​life​ ​in​ ​their​ ​community.As​ ​a​ ​regular​ ​routine​ ​in​ ​their​ ​class,​ ​students​ ​use​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​set​ ​learning​ ​goals,​ ​reflect​ ​on​ ​their​ ​individual​ ​level​ ​of​ ​proficiency​ ​in​ ​the​ ​performance indicators,​ ​and​ ​track​ ​progress​ ​in​ ​their​ ​learning.​ ​The​ ​use​ ​of​ ​student​ ​centered​ ​progress​ ​monitoring​ ​tools​ ​allows​ ​students​ ​to​ ​proceed​ ​toward​ ​mastery​ ​of skills​ ​and​ ​concepts​ ​​across​ ​all​ ​content​ ​areas​ ​and​ ​in​ ​the​ ​Mindsets​ ​and​ ​Behaviors​ ​for​ ​Postsecondary​ ​and​ ​Career​ ​Readiness. 

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​these​ ​tools,​ ​students​ ​are​ ​equipped​ ​with​ ​metacognitive​ ​learning​ ​practices​ ​that​ ​help​ ​them​ ​develop​ ​their​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​know​ ​what​ ​they​ ​know and​ ​reflect​ ​on​ ​how​ ​they​ ​learn​ ​best.​ ​These​ ​metacognitive​ ​skills​ ​allow​ ​students​ ​to​ ​demonstrate​ ​voice​ ​and​ ​choice​ ​in​ ​how​ ​they​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​provides​ ​them a​ ​set​ ​of​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​initiate​ ​their​ ​next​ ​steps​ ​in​ ​learning.

 
Student builds robot

Students​ ​Act​ ​On​ ​Their​ ​Learning

Durango​ ​9-R​ ​is​ ​also​ ​an​ ​organization​ ​where​ ​students​ ​act​ ​on​ ​their​ ​learning.​ ​That​ ​means​ ​that​ ​students​ ​have​ ​learning​ ​experiences​ ​that​ ​help​ ​them develop​ ​critical​ ​thinking,​ ​creativity,​ ​communication,​ ​and​ ​collaboration.​ ​Instead​ ​of​ ​treating​ ​content​ ​knowledge​ ​as​ ​the​ ​ultimate​ ​goal,​ ​we​ ​recognize​ ​that in​ ​the​ ​real​ ​world,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​the​ ​student’s​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​build​ ​upon​ ​and​ ​apply​ ​these​ ​essential​ ​skills​ ​(critical​ ​thinking,​ ​creativity,​ ​communication,​ ​and​ ​collaboration) in​ ​all​ ​content​ ​areas​ ​that​ ​will​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​success.​ ​Students​ ​partner​ ​with​ ​their​ ​teachers​ ​to​ ​develop​ ​evidence​ ​of​ ​proficiency​ ​in​ ​the​ ​performance​ ​indicators, empowering​ ​students​ ​to​ ​act​ ​on​ ​their​ ​learning​ ​in​ ​ways​ ​that​ ​are​ ​relevant​ ​to​ ​their​ ​interests,​ ​passions,​ ​and​ ​strengths.​ ​All​ ​students​ ​will​ ​have​ ​the opportunity​ ​to​ ​become​ ​creators​ ​of​ ​their​ ​own​ ​learning​ ​and​ ​take​ ​an​ ​active​ ​role​ ​in​ ​what​ ​they​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​how​ ​they​ ​learn.​ ​All​ ​students​ ​must​ ​have​ ​the chance​ ​to​ ​lead​ ​from​ ​their​ ​passions,​ ​discover​ ​new​ ​opportunities,​ ​and​ ​reach​ ​new​ ​horizons​ ​in​ ​their​ ​thinking​ ​and​ ​learning.

 
Students present at Brain Expo

Students​ ​Impact​ ​Their​ ​Community

Durango​ ​9-R​ ​is​ ​committed​ ​to​ ​developing​ ​behavior​ ​and​ ​mindset​ ​competencies​ ​in​ ​each​ ​student​ ​so​ ​he​ ​or​ ​she​ ​can​ ​make​ ​a​ ​positive​ ​impact​ ​on​ ​the community.​ ​This​ ​means​ ​that,​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​a​ ​rigorous​ ​academic​ ​curriculum,​ ​Durango​ ​9-R​ ​also​ ​values​ ​a​ ​focus​ ​on​ ​community​ ​engagement​ ​and service.​ ​We​ ​recognize​ ​a​ ​connection​ ​between​ ​students​ ​owning​ ​their​ ​learning,​ ​acting​ ​on​ ​their​ ​learning,​ ​and​ ​impacting​ ​the​ ​world​ ​around​ ​them.​ ​We believe​ ​that​ ​developing​ ​a​ ​growth​ ​mindset​ ​and​ ​persevering​ ​through​ ​struggles​ ​develops​ ​a​ ​student’s​ ​ability​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​respectable​ ​and​ ​responsible community​ ​member.

An​ ​emphasis​ ​on​ ​students’​ ​self-advocacy​ ​and​ ​self-actualization​ ​is​ ​engrained​ ​in​ ​all​ ​we​ ​do​ ​in​ ​Durango​ ​9-R.​ ​We​ ​set​ ​high​ ​standards​ ​for​ ​student behavior,​ ​and​ ​offer​ ​student-engaged​ ​classroom​ ​communities,​ ​student​ ​choice​ ​and​ ​continuous​ ​support​ ​and​ ​feedback.​ ​We​ ​emphasize​ ​self-regulation and​ ​good​ ​decision​ ​making​ ​in​ ​the​ ​pursuit​ ​of​ ​ambitious​ ​goals,​ ​helping​ ​students​ ​understand​ ​that​ ​some​ ​of​ ​the​ ​greatest​ ​learning​ ​can​ ​come​ ​from​ ​reflection on​ ​perceived​ ​“failures.”​ ​Students​ ​are​ ​active​ ​participants​ ​in​ ​designing​ ​and​ ​directing​ ​their​ ​own​ ​communities​ ​of​ ​learning,​ ​initiating​ ​strategies​ ​that​ ​will build​ ​on​ ​their​ ​strengths​ ​and​ ​attend​ ​to​ ​their​ ​needs.​ ​They​ ​learn​ ​the​ ​confidence​ ​and​ ​poise​ ​necessary​ ​to​ ​present​ ​learning​ ​to​ ​peers​ ​and​ ​lead conferences​ ​where​ ​they​ ​discuss​ ​their​ ​learning​ ​with​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​teachers.