The Douglas Framework of Thinking
Wake County Public School System will provide a relevant and engaging education and will graduate
students who are collaborative, creative, effective communicators and critical thinkers.
Douglas Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary School works as a collaborative community of
teachers, students and parents to build positive relationships that create stimulating learning
environments. We connect with the larger A+ schools network and tap community resources to
differentiate learning through the multiple intelligences and provide intentional instruction with real world
Every student is uniquely capable and deserves to be challenged and engaged in relevant, rigorous, and
meaningful learning each day.
• Every student is expected to learn, grow, and succeed while we will eliminate the ability to predict
achievement based on socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity.
• Well-supported, highly effective, and dedicated principals, teachers, and staff are essential to success
for all students.
• The Board of Education, superintendent, and all staff, while sustaining best practices, will promote and
support a culture of continuous improvement, risk-taking, and innovation that results in a high-performing
organization focused on student achievement.
• The Board of Education, superintendent, and all staff value a diverse school community that is inviting,
respectful, inclusive, flexible, and supportive.
• The Wake County residents value a strong public school system and will partner to provide the support
and resources to fully realize our shared vision, accomplish the mission, and sustain our core beliefs.
• A positive, nurturing environment plays an essential part in learning.
• Students learn when they are engaged, interested and feel safe.
• The arts and hands-on science provide rich experiences that allow students to learn in multiple ways,
addressing their diverse needs.
• We have high expectations of all students.
• Building relationships with students and their families is essential.
• Morning meetings are an important way to build relationships and establish a positive classroom climate
• Communication and collaboration among staff members, between staff and administration, and
between staff, administration and parents is essential in creating a safe, healthy and supportive
• 21st Century Skills, including collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, and
media/technology skills are essential for learning.