Applied Learning

“The world no longer cares about what you know; the world cares about what you do with what you know.”
~Tony Wagner, Harvard education expert and author of Creating Innovators

TVImages_10Students will regularly demonstrate and apply learning through meaningful projects and experiences. This will ensure students deepen their learning through projects that will demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills in meaningful, authentic and service oriented ways.

Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem, or challenge.

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 EX Week (Experiential Learning)

Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting.  During “EX” week, DSISD students will explore the world and apply their learning outside of classroom walls.

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DSISD students will conduct fieldwork visiting organizations and local businesses in various industries to make connections between their learning and real-world application, as well as learn about various careers in different sectors to help inform their decisions as they design their futures and college choices. This fall, students went to NREL and The Counterterrorism Education Learning Lab to make connections to their learning in Science, Engineering and AP Human Geography.


Intensives are immersions in areas of study that students and teachers are passionate about. This fall, intensives included  subjects such as Animal Welfare, Mural Art, School of Rock, DJ, Health and Fitness, Cooking, YMCA of the Rockies Young Men’s Leadership overnight experience, and Outdoor Adventure. It was a great success and we can’t wait until our winter (Feb) and Spring (May) intensives! Check out our Facebook page for more photos.

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FLEX block Enrichments and Electives ART

Credit bearing electives are offered through FLEX Block at the end of each day. Offerings include: art, music, computer science, robotics, poetry slam, outdoor leadership, school leadership, learning lab and study hall. Many of these classes were designed with student interest in mind.

Service Learning Excursion

Local and Global Responsibility is an essential competency we are committed to supporting students develop. This year, we are providing students the opportunity to work at Johnson-Habitat Park to assist in cleaning the park, as well as learning about the various ecosystems along the river. Students will also be investing in others as they tutor at Valverde Elementary School. These experiences will occur in advisory on a rotating schedule on our early release Thursday afternoons. Advisory teachers will contact parents to let them know when students will be scheduled for their rotation.


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