We are committed to delivering high-quality, alternative education via distance learning. While it will be challenging to replicate onsite learning, our teachers are equipped and ready to deliver meaningful instruction that allows students to meet the expected standards of an online environment.
Dawson has implemented a blended synchronous and asynchronous curriculum model; meaning, some lessons are assigned for students to work through independently using a variety of online resources, while others are delivered through live video conferencing. This hybrid model enables teachers to continue and follow developmentally-appropriate practices and differentiate student learning.
The Dawson distance learning experience aligns with our student learner profile and our Core Beliefs. Our students will be empowered to make choices about how they demonstrate an understanding of clearly defined learning goals and be provided opportunities to engage in online discussions; collaboration to solve authentic, real-world problems; feel safe to take intellectual risks while persevering through challenges; find support through feedback, coaching, and opportunities for reflection and revision; and continue to be passionate, intrinsically motivated, and inspired to action.

Distance Learning Plans

Below you will find links to recorded overviews and slides for our Distance Learning Plans from Assistant Head of School for Teaching & Learning Roxanne Stansbury:

Early Childhood, Kindergarten & Grade 1
Grades 2, 3 & 4
Grades 5 & 6
Grades 7 & 8

Troubleshooting Plan

The success of our distance learning plan is dependent upon the partnership between the School and families. The intentional faculty planning, coupled with student dedication and parent support, is essential for a successful experience. 
We ask for patience and flexibility as we navigate week one of this uncharted landscape. The following is a list of resources, faculty, staff, and administrators who can  be contacted for individualized needs:

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  • Distance Learning Resource Board on MyDawson

    The MyDawson Distance Learning resource board (behind the password) has updates about school closure implications; Coronavirus resources from Dawson’s school counselors; online learning tips, tools, and resources; how-to guidelines; strategies from Dawson’s coordinator of student services for staying organized in an online environment; and important information from school leaders. Most of the answers to questions that will arise throughout this process can be found here.
  • Homeroom Teacher/Advisor

    Contact your child’s homeroom teacher via email with questions about curriculum and instruction, materials, resources, and student needs. We have a support team ready to provide 1:1 assistance for students who struggle to independently complete assignments via distance learning.
  • Coordinator of Student Services

    If your child needs accommodations or assistance with the online content, email Nissa Pearson. Ms.Pearson will provide 1:1 assistance and strategies for online learning success.
  • Technology Support

    Email all questions about technology to laptopshop@dawson.adsrm.org. Our technology team will continue to work on campus for the time being and can provide virtual assistance to families.

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  • Supporting Students at Home During a Pandemic

    K-8 Director Chris Estrella, Assistant Head of School Roxanne Stansbury, and Marketing Communications and Events Manager Shea Phillips
    As schools around the world close as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, families face the challenging task of transitioning to at-home learning for an estimated or indefinite period of time. Some schools are quickly pivoting to a distance learning module, as we have done at The Alexander Dawson School, while many are still figuring out how to continue educating and feeding our youth in the midst of so much uncertainty. Whether a school has the ability to provide at-home learning or not, we know our children’s routines and expectations and family life as we know it are significantly disrupted. Although some situations may present challenging behaviors, it’s important to remember all emotions are OK. Parents can incorporate the common language used in school, including Social Thinking vocabulary and the Zones of Regulation, to support children during this time.
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The Alexander Dawson School

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 wellbeing and a healthy school-life balance to create more engaged, motivated, and resilient learners. 
Students achieve their individual potential while savoring life and meeting the challenges of the world.