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Philosophy of Education

Education is a human endeavor.  For our school district to empower all learners, we require a community of adults who are committed to continuous learning, and who embrace their own leadership capacities.  The leaders of a school district extend beyond the school board and the administration.  Every school community member leads as they make decisions that affect student learning and achievement.  As a collective body, we must all come together with a common focus on student success.   
Today’s world is ever-changing, demanding a shift in how our students think and apply knowledge.  The exponential rate of technological progress has significant implications for our students.  We use innovative strategies which intentionally prepare our students for life experiences and careers that are continually evolving.  Educators facilitate student learning rather than deliver facts and information.  We create productive learning environments in which students can develop the academic, social, and emotional skills needed to succeed in life. The focus of learning is designed for students to be successful in the dynamic environments in which they will live and thrive. 
Learning Philosophy
The Dover School District believes that education can be the most powerful mechanism of social change.  We strive for all members of our community to be empowered learners who experience meaningful relationships and derive fulfillment and joy from learning. We celebrate the individual differences young people bring to an educational environment. All learners must embrace a mindset of continual growth and learning to effectively navigate a constantly evolving world of technology, economics, politics, and social justice. Producing meaningful high-quality work, developing a sense of self, and engaging with the larger community results in educational excellence.