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The Next Denver Plan: Focused on Equity

Working with Community to Ensure Every Child Thrives

What will it take to actually build a new Denver Plan for our school system? How will DPS gather/synthesize feedback alongside community and supported by educational experts?

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The 'Great FEATs' Team

Beginning in April 2020, a 41-member team will take up a challenge issued by Superintendent Susana Cordova. The Framework for Equity Advisory Team -- known as the 'Great FEATs' team -- is charged with proposing a set of equity-related goals, measures, strategies, and a theory of action that together will comprise a district-wide equity framework.

This team will meet six times between April and June to learn, discuss, and ultimately create a recommendation that will anchor the next Denver Plan in equity.

What will the team contribute to the next Denver Plan?

The “Great FEATs” team (Framework for Equity Advisory Team) is a Superintendent-appointed committee that will ensure equity is at the heart of every aspect of the next Denver Plan and infused in our theory of action, as well as in the plan’s specific goals, strategies, and measures of success. In order to make DPS a district where equity is our core identity, the “Great FEATs” team will focus on ways to break historical patterns of inequity that have resulted in far too few African American, Latinx, and low-income students achieving at high levels.

This team will strive to create a set of recommendations for Superintendent Cordova and the Denver Board of Education that is:

  • Achievable with existing resources
  • Consistent with the requirements of state and federal laws, contracts, and DPS policies
  • Accessible, meaningful and credible to our entire community
  • Educationally sound and useful to staff

Learning About Educational Equity: A Literature Review

Why conduct a literature review as part of the work of the “Great FEATs” team?

As a learning institution, we believe that an important first step for this team is to learn as much as possible from current theory and practice in the field. We will gather information from laws, policies, rules, professional literature, and quantitative data. In addition, we will review qualitative data, such as the results of interviews, focus groups, surveys, participation by members of advisory teams, and results of community outreach and engagement.

In part, a literature review will form the foundation for the “Great FEATs” team’s recommendations. Reviewing what is known about educational equity will help DPS address questions like, what does equity mean, how is it evaluated, and how best can it be achieved?

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Meeting #1

Wednesday, 4/8 | 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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Meeting #4

Wednesday, 5/20 | 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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Meeting #2

Wednesday, 4/22 | 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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Meeting #5

Wednesday, 6/3 | 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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Meeting #3

Wednesday, 5/6 | 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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Meeting #6

Friday, 6/12 | 4:30-7:30 p.m.

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