The overall vision for the DC Catalyst Project includes transforming whole schools through:
1. Engaging Students
Whether it’s by engaging students’ imaginations through the arts, inspiring their curiosity through science or engaging them through exposure to new cultures, the heart of the curriculum at DC Catalyst Schools will be to inspire and motivate students through active learning.
2. Developing Educators
Professional development for teachers, teacher collaboration, leadership training, and co-planning across grades and disciplines will be inherent and core elements in the design of DC Catalyst schools. Partnerships with local experts will provide summer professional development opportunities and year-long coaching while connections to other DC Catalyst schools will provide frequent opportunities for collaboration across the city.
3. Enhancing Communities
Adopting a DC Catalyst theme affords a school the chance to build community around its distinct core focus. Opportunities abound for unique after school activities, school-wide projects, or parent and community events that can be built from the new theme. This sense of community can also extend to other schools with the same DC Catalyst theme, and can become a resource for all schools in the District.