Dottke Students Share their Story at District Leadership Team Meeting

Dottke Students Share their Story at District Leadership Team Meeting
Posted on 08/07/2019
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On Tuesday, August 6, 2019, district leadership gathered for a Professional Development Day that included a special presentation from four students who attend James E. Dottke High School.

The presentation was intended to highlight the success of students who attend the school and the practices used to support those successes.   

The students talked about their experience as part of the “Dottke family” and shared information about their academic achievements and personal growth.

The students presenting were Savannah Meyer (Class of 2019), Nick Bonnos (Grade 12), Christian Watson (Grade 12) and Molly Boarak (Grade 11).

“While our academic programming has the same rigor as each of our comprehensive high schools, we offer smaller class sizes, opportunities for self-directed learning, collaboration, and authentic learning experiences that go beyond the four walls of the high school,” explained Principal, Greg Goelz.  “It makes a difference to students.”

The Dottke panel also explained the power of “empathy interviews”.  Empathy interviews involve asking students to share their experiences and opinions about the way they learn best. Dottke’s Deeper Learning Coach, Alex Bruzan, explains, “Our educational programming is designed
in collaboration with our students. They are part of planning their project-based, personalized learning activities. Our teaching and learning is based on the conversations and relationships we have with our students.”

At Dottke, empathy interviews are conducted with a wide array of stakeholders (e.g., students, staff, parents and community partners).  The Dottke panel modeled how the other schools in the District can use this format get valuable input from their students. 

“We were very proud of our student presenters.  We believe all of our students are motivated and will succeed when given the opportunity to learn in a different way.  We want them to “own” their future and realize their hopes and dreams,” said Principal, Greg Goelz.