Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology is a computer science immersion magnet school. DJV is committed to integrating coding into its curriculum while also developing the characteristics of our namesake within our students: innovators, problem-solvers, and critical thinkers. Our curriculum includes a variety of opportunities that empower students to be leaders who think critically and persevere through challenges. In building a strong commitment toward excellence, students will engage in a curriculum with high standards and expectations.
The teachers at Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology are dedicated to developing lifelong readers and writers through a balanced literacy approach. All teachers in grades K-5 teach through the EL Curriculum, which was adopted by CMS in 2019. This rigorous curriculum ensures equity across all schools, with students being exposed to rich text on a variety of relevant and thought-provoking topics. Our curriculum allows teachers to use performance assessments and progressions to literacy-rich content area instruction. To read more about the EL Curriculum, visit this website: curriculum.eleducation.org
Continuing in the 2022-2023 school year, all CMS schools will use EnVision Math 2.0, a comprehensive math program that provides focus, consistency, and rigor of the Common Core State Standards. This program empowers students by helping them identify relationships, ask questions, and try different approaches to solve problems. Students will engage in learning experiences that help deepen their ability to think mathematically. At Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology, our teachers will personalize math instruction with tiered activities, learning centers, and technology to support learning styles and readiness. EnVision Math 2.0 allows teachers to use flexible grouping, connected topics, and lessons to provide students with authentic learning experiences. To read more about the EnVision curriculum, use the provided link: savvas.com (Envision Math Curriculum).
DJV teachers will use a Social Studies curriculum that was customized and developed by CMS teachers. The curriculum integrates literacy into Social Studies content across all levels. It also uses a variety of grade level standards to establish a foundation of historical knowledge, skills, and values with both our local and global communities.
At Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology, students will engage in science using inquiry based learning and hands-on experiences with interactive science kits. Teachers use science content based literature, aligned to standards to help students learn to read and write. Students will also be challenged with formative assessments to help improve academic vocabulary.
Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology is the first full computer science focused magnet school in CMS. Through coding, students will begin to cultivate their skills in sequencing, critical thinking, problem solving, logical thinking, and cause and effect. These skills will help build a foundation for students to meet the growing demand for jobs of the future. At DJV, we offer a one-to-one technology ratio so every child has access and opportunities to learn computer programming.
We are in partnership with thedotconsulting.co led by Dr. Jones. Dr. Sharon Jones, Ed.D is the founder and CEO of the dot. Consulting and the non-profit Dottie Rose Foundation, where she leads and implements technology-focused education and innovation. Dr. Jones has found her passion in education and has served as a computer science expert for the past 20 years, bridging the gap between our everyday actions and the application of technology.
Dorothy J Vaughan also brings real-life experiences and career opportunities through the program "Raising Smart Girls". This program provides our fifth grade girls exposure to women immersed in computer science careers through hands-on experiments, panel discussions, and computer science projects.