Events This Weekend


Bass Museum of Art
New exhibit opening this weekend features Mat Collishaw, a visual artist whose most recent work depicts death row inmates’ last meals in a Baroque, chiaroscuro fashion.
In addition to this, on August 30 there is a Friday@Bass event at 7:00pm in which artists Yara and Chat Travieso will present an installation and live music. The event is free for Miami Beach residents and costs $10 for non residents.
Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Ave.
Miami Beach, FL 33139

International Ballet Festival of Miami
Dances of all types and nationalities running through September 8. Tickets cost between $25 and $65.
Fillmore Miami Beach (1700 Washington Ave., Miami Beach)

Orishas Dance Theater Performance
Come see renowned dancer Yesenia Selier’s interpretation of the AfroCuban tradition.
Saturday, September 7th at 8:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 8th at 5:00 p.m.

Koubek Center of Miami Dade College, 2705 SW 3rd Street, Miami, FL 33135
Students: $20 pre-purchased; $25 at the door
Information: 305.529.5400

Film: The Artist and the Model

A Miami International Film Festival official selection, this film tells the story of the tenacity of a sculptor to continue his art in the midst of political turmoil and war. Catch it at the Koubek center and pay only $8 if you’re a student.

Koubek Center: 2705 SW Third Street
Miami, FL 33135-1301

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Events coming Soon!


MIT Information Session: August 31, 2013, 2:30pm
Ransom Everglades Upper School
3575 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
King: A Filmed Record… From Montgomery to Memphis– Documentary celebrating the 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I Have a Dream” speech
O Cinema
90 NW 29th St  Miami, FL 33127
(305) 571-9970
Hannah Arendt– Film on the life of the groundbreaking philosopher
Cosford Cinema
1111 Memorial Dr
Coral Gables, FL 33146
(305) 284-4861
Slava’s Snowshow at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Coral Gables Museum
$10 Historic Walking Tour– Learn about the area’s architectural heritage
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Lucian Freud: Paintings and Prints
Norton Museum of Art
1451 S. Olive St., West Palm Beach through Sept. 1.
$5 for students

Designer Ed: Exam Schools

Today we kick off a series of posts focused on innovative educational practices at DASH. We’re calling it Designer Ed with a nod to the school’s motto: “Education by Design.” Whether examining classroom case studies up close, taking a wide-frame look at cross curricular choices, or expanding outward to consider our place within the local and national public education panoramas, the goal of this series is to highlight what DASH does differently that makes our school successful.

IExamSchools[2]n their recent book Exam Schools: Inside America’s Most Selective High Schools, authors Chester Finn and Jessica Hockett turn their attention away from the mainstream priority on low performing students and schools to study the many ways specialized public high schools across the nation are working as well as and often better than expensive private prep schools to support and accelerate student achievement. Using strict criteria, Finn and Hockett identify 165 examples of such schools (among over 20,000 public high schools nationwide). DASH makes the list as one of six in Florida and one of two, along with School for Advanced Studies, in Miami.

The authors summarize their findings and explain the criteria they used in the Fall 2012 edition of Education Next magazine. Here they point out ambiguity as to whether the impressive academic outcomes at these so-called exam schools are the result of what happens in the schools or a byproduct of what students admitted through competitive admissions processes bring with them. Also underscored is the ambivalence with which exam schools handle the ever increasing demands of the Advanced Placement program and other standardized tests.

Because DASH measures potential talent through visual arts auditions as its admission process, academic outcomes are less linked to selectivity as in schools like SAS which use grade point average and previous coursework as primary criteria. But in common with many of the other identified schools, DASH courses are generally more rigorous than typical high school coursework and the school culture plays a major role in holding all students to exceptionally high expectations. Another similarity is a student demographic profile with more minority representation and socio-economic diversity than that of counterpart schools.

Yesterday WLRN featured an interview with Finn about his book on the radio show Topical Currents. DASH came up often in the conversation. Callers included the principal of SAS, several local community members, and a DASH alum. The discussion got particularly interesting when one caller challenged Finn’s assertion that the nation should allocate more resources for talented, high performing students and schools. Click here to take a listen.

Welcome Back


To all DASH students and staff: Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year! For those of you who are unfamiliar with it, this is the DASH Dispatch, an online way to get in touch with any and all upcoming events. Stay tuned for updates concerning community service opportunities, movies, theater and art shows around Miami, club updates and more.