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2003-2010 | Superintendent, Douglas County School District Re.1
  • James Christensen, School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver
·         Supervised 58,700 students with 6,800 employees and a 450 million dollar budget
·         Highest performing district in metro area on State of Colorado assessments with 94 percent of schools high or excellent
·         Reduced dropout rates from 1.8 percent to .7 percent
·         94 percent high school completion rate within four years of high school
·         Lowest funded District in metro area on a per pupil basis
·         Open 2-5 schools per year with average student growth of 2,500 students per year
·         Created a comprehensive Learning Center for all staff development and human capital needs for 6700 employees
·         Received permission from the State Board of Education to issue licensure authority for staff hired in DCSD. The first such act issued in the history of Colorado.
·         Community partnership program with16,000 community volunteers per year participating
·         Nationally Recognized Pay-for-Performance Plan
·         Nationally Recognized Partnership model with the American Federation of Teachers targeting collaboration and relationships. Paper submitted by request to President Obama’s transition team
·         Recognized by State of Colorado for Data Warehousing and scorecard products
·         Recognized by State of Colorado for distinguished Accreditation results and process
·         Reduced $58 Million over three years from general budget
·         Unanimous BOE support for each year’s contract renewal
·         Program implementation:
o   World Language in elementary schools
o   Critical thinking, leadership, ethics, wellness and student ownership in all schools
o   Reading Recovery for lowest Performing readers
o   Digital Educator Program
o   Expansion of IB programming to second high school and candidate for 2 middle and 4 elementary schools.
o   Developed Career Technical Center curricula with concurrent enrollment doubling in one year
o   Opened first technology-driven high school with no textbooks in the school
o   Developed eDCSD online learning for students across Colorado
o   Chartered a center-based learning school for 3,700 student
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James Christensen. "2003-2010 | Superintendent, Douglas County School District Re.1" (2003)
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