Contact: Alex Renteria, Manager of Media Relations, Alexandra_Renteria@dpsk12.org
Most Diverse Group In Recent History
Denver – Denver Public Schools (DPS) welcomed more than 730 new educators to Team DPS through its New Educator Welcome Day. The 730 new teachers represent a 13% decrease from the previous year, as DPS has worked with school leaders on retention strategies for current teachers in DPS. In addition, more than 30% of incoming educators are teachers of color, making this the most diverse group in recent history.
“It is exciting to see that our efforts over the past few years to attract more educators of color are coming to fruition,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg. “We have worked very hard to the increase the diversity of our new teachers because we know the importance of teacher diversity for the education of our students.”
The increased diversity in DPS is attributed to investments in strategically identifying and building relationships with candidates of color across Colorado and the nation at large. Long-term strategies such as EdConnect – a program dedicated to sparking interest in DPS students to become teachers – and the Para-to-Teacher Pipeline – a program that allows working paraprofessionals in DPS to earn a Bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate in four years – will continue to support DPS’s commitment to diversifying our educators while also retaining veteran educators.
Of these 730 teachers, roughly two-thirds come to DPS with teaching experience elsewhere and roughly one-third are first-year teachers.
New Educator Welcome Day included words from DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg, Deputy Superintendent Susana Cordova and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.
“You as teachers are the gateway to our children,” said Mayor Michael Hancock. “Thank you for telling them every day that they’re worth it and they matter.”
New teachers and specialized-service providers, such as nurses, school counselors and social workers attended the New Educator Welcome Day and learned about key DPS priorities and shared core values, the Denver Plan 2020 and how the school district works with the City of Denver.
Educators attended training workshops and learned about resources and opportunities for newly-hired educators to be introduced to the state’s largest school district. As in years past, all newly hired DPS teachers attend a culturally responsive education course as part of their onboarding to DPS.