DPS to Launch Large-scale Community Dialogue

May. 30, 2018

The Board of Education met May 29 in a retreat to plan its work for the year ahead, and decided that DPS will launch a large-scale community dialogue focused on our community’s aspirations for the success of our students and our schools.

Three years into the Denver Plan, and with the benefit of the work from the African-American Equity Task Force and Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative, the board said now is the right time to re-engage the community in a robust dialogue about what supports, opportunities, strategies and accountability should look like for our schools and for the district as a whole.

“We have made significant progress over the past decade, but now is the time to dig deeper,” said Board President Anne Rowe. “We need to have a broad-based, in-depth conversation about how we build on lessons learned to ensure the success of every student and every school in the district. We need everyone at the table – we need to hear from students, families, educators and our entire community.”

The board likened the effort to the community engagement around the creation of the Denver Plan 2020, when nearly 30,000 stakeholders provided feedback over the course of roughly 75 meetings throughout the city, culminating in the district’s five strategic goals.

The board intends for the engagement to be a sustained effort over multiple months, with opportunities for reflection in between various stages of the process. Watch for more information about the district’s new engagement effort in our newsletters and on