Dear DPS Community:
Public education has the power to lift all students to the great future they see ahead for themselves. A lack of equity in our education systems has us far from making that promise a reality. We want to work together with our community to change that. That’s the challenge ahead and the exciting opportunity in looking toward the future of public education in Denver—A Vision for Our Schools. A Plan Focused on Equity.
Over the course of the next few months, we will invite you to lend your vision, voice, and values to crafting our collective vision. Our community cares so much about our schools, and that makes us stronger. You’ve shown up and spoken up on behalf of our kids -- and our commitment is to reflect your voices more honestly and transparently in our actions.
Throughout the spring, we will come to say, directly: “Here’s what we’ve heard. Do we have it right?” We will also ask for your help to recognize our biases, gaps and blind-spots, and to be our partners in building the equitable school system every one of our students deserves. Together, we can create an equity-focused vision for our schools, and build a plan that turns that promise into reality.
Dr. Carrie A. Olson, President, Denver Board of Education, District 3
Rev. Brad Laurvick, Denver Board of Education Member, District 5
Susana Cordova, Superintendent
DPS is seeking approximately 40 people to serve on the Denver Plan Advisory Committee, who will reflect the diversity of our students and help ensure that our district’s next strategic plan is grounded in the experiences, perspectives and expertise of the communities we serve. Parents/guardians, educators, students, staff, leaders and neighbors are all encouraged to apply by Friday, Feb. 21. This group will draw on community insights to make recommendations to the DPS Board of Education on key components of the Denver Plan.
During this phase of creating the next Denver Plan, we're focusing our outreach on refining a shared definition of equity and creating an inspirational vision of what a DPS graduate can do and become. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey and share your ideas and perspectives with us. The information we gather will be carefully reviewed by the Denver Plan Advisory Committee as it shapes its recommendations to the DPS Board of Education.
As people share their ideas via our Community Survey, we want you to be able to see what ideas and perspectives we're getting in response. We'll update this information every two weeks throughout the spring, so check back often to see the latest!
We have already gathered important feedback from the students and families we serve, as well as our educators and leaders, through several recent community engagement initiatives. While we plan to use this feedback as our starting point for the next Denver Plan, we also want to hone in on two important areas for additional feedback: Building a shared definition of equity and creating an inspirational vision of what a DPS graduate can do and become. We hope you'll get involved in a way that works for you -- at an in-person meeting, by taking an online survey, by following along on social media -- your perspective will help us build an equitable system of schools where every student thrives by design.
We hope you'll be able to attend one of these community engagement sessions, where we'll be listening to your ideas and perspectives about a shared definition of equity and a vision of a DPS graduate. We'll use your feedback to help shape these important parts of the next Denver Plan.