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  • Making Time For Modern Learning in Middle School

    Awkward. Confusing. Change. Exciting. Turbulent. These are just a few words that often describe a student’s middle school journey. Adolescence is a time for self-discovery, change, and tremendous growth. With increasing social, emotional, and physical changes, middle school can feel a little like navigating a maze–filled with twists, turns, challenges, and uncertainty until you find your way out the other side. Most adults, when asked if they’d want to relive middle school, emphatically say, ‘No way!’ So, how can Dawson make these years different from the experiences many of us had? As educators, we strive to create an engaging learning experience for our fifth through eighth-grade students, meeting their current needs while also preparing them for the demands of high school and beyond.
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  • Making Time For Modern Learning in Middle School

    Dr. Brandon Wiley, Chief Academic Officer
    Awkward. Confusing. Change. Exciting. Turbulent. These are just a few words that often describe a student’s middle school journey. Adolescence is a time for self-discovery, change, and tremendous growth. With increasing social, emotional, and physical changes, middle school can feel a little like navigating a maze–filled with twists, turns, challenges, and uncertainty until you find your way out the other side. Most adults, when asked if they’d want to relive middle school, emphatically say, ‘No way!’ So, how can Dawson make these years different from the experiences many of us had? As educators, we strive to create an engaging learning experience for our fifth through eighth-grade students, meeting their current needs while also preparing them for the demands of high school and beyond.
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  • Belonging Isn’t Just a Marketing Strategy at Dawson

    Shea Phillips, Marketing & Digital Content Manager
    The thing is, every school refers to itself as a community. It’s embedded into our vernacular as educators – especially for those of us in marketing and communications. Some go as far as using the word family to describe themselves, suggesting a sense of relational closeness among members. While these words will easily attract prospective families and promote our school, have we thought about whether they truly describe the experience of our students, their families, and our employees?
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  • Rooted in Values: The Defining Thread of Dawson’s Throughline

    Roxanne Stansbury, Head of School
    Each year, Dawson selects a throughline that serves as a lens for the student experience. A throughline is a powerful mantra that helps learners synthesize new content tethered to our School Mission, Vision, Core Values, and Diversity Statement. It also takes thoughtful planning and integration. The throughline serves as the guiding principle that informs the design of our instructional strategies and learning initiatives, an alignment that strengthens the credibility and authenticity of the message when delivered to students. It enhances their ability to connect their sense of self to their academic experiences. The clarity and focus brought forth by this interconnectedness tie all elements of a student’s journey together, providing a unifying thread throughout the entire school year and making the learning memorable, engaging, and motivating.
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  • Design at a Distance: A Dawson + Dawson Collaboration

    Rachael Lachhwani, Communications Manager
    Innovation means finding new and impactful ways to create meaningful learning opportunities so our students are prepared to untangle life’s challenges for a deeper purpose. Dawson pushes the thinking about the boundaries of education and strives for outcomes that make our community and the world a better place. This is where our seventh and eighth-grade Tech for Good elective comes into play. Explore how Dawson introduces students to new technology devices and applications in constructive ways for innovative, motivating projects that demonstrate a positive impact – literally using technology for good.
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The Alexander Dawson School at Rainbow Mountain, an independent school located on 33-acres in the community of Summerlin, is Nevada’s first Stanford University Challenge Success partner school for students in early childhood through grade eight. Utilizing the unique Challenge Success framework, Dawson uses research-based strategies and programs that emphasize student academics, wellbeing, and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners and leaders. At Dawson, students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.