Cañon City Schools

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Message from the Superintendent

How do we do this?

Our foundation is our mission. The Cañon City School District is future-focused, providing innovative educational opportunities for all students to prepare them to meet any challenge they may face.

As educators, we adhere to our Three Pillars of Instruction, ensuring each day we teach to a specific learning target, actively engaging all students, and assessing whether appropriate learning occurred, making instructional adjustments if it did not. We believe that in every subject at every grade level, instruction and learning must include a commitment to a knowledge core, place high demands on thinking, and offer opportunities to develop our targeted traits and skills.

In doing this, we first abide by our agreed-upon core beliefs. We are committed to meeting the social-emotional needs of all students, putting Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs before Bloom's Taxonomy. We believe learning growth matters most, requires risk-taking, and that the work we do in our schools has the greatest impact on this. We are future-focused, believing the development of certain traits and skills will best prepare our students for ever-changing careers. Finally, we emphasize what is good for kids over the needs and comfort of adults.

Toward what are we working? We believe by developing in students the 7 key traits of knowledge, innovation, tenacity, agency, agility, civility, and integrity, and 7 critical skills surrounding collaboration, communication, solution-seeking, contribution, reflection, empowerment, and leadership, each will be ready to face ANY challenge they may confront in an uncertain future.

Thank you for trusting us with your children and for enrolling them in the most innovative education system in Colorado!

George S. Welsh
Superintendent of Schools