High Quality Work

  • At DDES, we are deeply proud of the growth we’ve made to support students to create high quality work over the past three years.

    At DDES, we are deeply proud of the growth we’ve made to support students to create high quality work over the past three years.  Our understanding of quality is connected to EL Education’s definition, which is broken into three attributes: Complexity, Authenticity, and Craftsmanship.  

    The high quality work students create is complex because it includes higher order thinking and literacy skills.  While creating quality products, students must apply and transfer skills, analyze complex texts, evaluate models, and make connections to multiple concepts.  Projects and products are modeled after the work of adults in the field and are created for authentic audiences as often as possible.  The work matters to students, which is a motivational context for high achievement.  Finally, students are expected to demonstrate craftsmanship in both conception and execution.  Craftsmanship conveys care because the work is done with an addition to detail in service of meeting the criteria.  

    Our ultimate goal is for DDES students to be able to thoroughly and accurately answer the question, “How do you know this work is good enough?” without relying on a teacher to tell them they’re done.  We have an obsession with quality because we know it provides a pathway for improved teaching and deeper learning.  

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  • Claim 1: DDES students have improved in their ability to create high quality work
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    Claim 2: “Remarkable Results” - Students at DDES apply higher-order literacy skills to create high quality expedition products
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    Claim 3: DDES Students confidently communicate their learning by regularly presenting their work to varied and authentic audiences
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