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Strategy Outlines Goals for New Leader’s First Days
Denver – Earlier today, Susana Cordova, the new superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS), released her entry plan to re-focus district efforts on ensuring that all the children of Denver have access to great schools in their neighborhoods. In the plan, Cordova lays out her vision, goals and information she plans to review, as well as next steps, as she creates a foundation upon which DPS ensures that every child thrives in the school district.
Superintendent Cordova took over leadership of the state’s largest school district on Jan. 7, replacing interim superintendent Dr. Ron Cabrera, who served in the position after longtime superintendent Tom Boasberg departed the district last October. She immediately assumed a leadership role in negotiations with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA), helping to broker a deal to end the DCTA strike two weeks ago.
The purpose of Superintendent Cordova’s plan is to build her knowledge of the needs expressed throughout the district and provide an inclusive structure for her to engage with students, families, DPS educators and school partners. Her strategy includes hosting listening sessions with teachers and families, building on a plan to embrace excellence of black and African-American students and collaborating with teachers to establish more productive working relationships.
“In this entry plan as superintendent, my goal is to create a foundation upon which we can build a stronger future — for our community, for our DPS team members and, most importantly, for our students,” Cordova wrote in the plan. “My vision is that every single one of our students thrives — not by accident, but by design.”
Superintendent Cordova also outlines her experiences in Denver Public Schools and her personal beliefs: equity, instructional excellence and collaborative teamwork. Additionally, she adds her personal values that inform her work: excellence, relentless optimism, hard work and teamwork.
Prior the start of the 2019-20 school year, Superintendent Cordova will submit a summary report of what she has learned. This will also include recommendations for next steps in the ongoing effort to ensure that EVERY CHILD SUCCEEDS.