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DPS Honored as ‘Great District for Great Teachers’

Chief of Human Resources Debbie Hearty (third from right) pictured alongside fellow Great Districts for Great Teachers recipients at South by Southwest in Austin, TX.

Denver Public Schools is one of just eight districts in the nation to win the title “Great District for Great Teachers.” That recognition comes after an 18-month evaluation of more than 120 school districts by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ). On Tuesday, the organization revealed eight of what it describes as “great districts for great teachers” when it honored DPS at the South by Southwest Education Expo in Austin, Texas.

The first-time award was meant to recognize districts for exceptional programs and policies on recruiting, encouraging, supporting and retaining great teachers. In particular, DPS was cited for its teacher leadership opportunities and principal support. Read more about the district’s specific award analysis.

“The quality of our teachers is the single most important factor in the success that we have for our kids,” said Superintendent Tom Boasberg. “We are especially pleased that this award recognizes our path-breaking Teacher Leadership & Collaboration model that provides significantly more coaching and instructional supports for our teachers, as well as our strong principal pipeline programs that help aspiring school leaders to grow and develop their leadership skills.”

DPS was recognized alongside Boston Public Schools, Broward County School District (Florida), District of Columbia Public Schools, Gwinnett County Public Schools (Georgia), New York City Public Schools, Pinellas County School District (Florida) and Pittsburgh Public Schools. The original pool considered for the awards included 123 school districts.

The NCTQ chose DPS after a rigorous evaluation of districts’ data, policies and teacher input. The eight winners excelled on five criteria that research suggests connect to effective teaching — compensation, professional support, effective management and operations, career and leadership opportunities, and support services for students.

“We want to be the district that every teacher wants to come to in order to teach and have the opportunity to lead,” said DPS Chief of Human Resources Debbie Hearty.

Click to learn more about the Teacher Leadership & Collaboration modelwhich allows DPS’ best teachers to coach and grow other teachers in their schools while staying true to their first love, teaching their own classroom of kids.