Academic Gaps Indicator Resources

  • Welcome to the Equity Resource Bank. A variety of tools and resources have been compiled here to support schools in meeting the needs of all students. The below topics reveal training opportunities, curriculum resources, tools for engaging parents and more. If relevant, we have identified direct connections to specific measures in the Academic Gaps indicator on the School Performance Framework. We will continue to add resources as they become available.

  • Accessing Disaggregated Data

    • Student Assessment and Performance Reports Available in Principal Portal
      Numerous reports, including disaggregated results, are available through Principal Portal. These reports include, but are not limited to, data on the following assessments, courses, and metrics: TS Gold, READ Act, CMAS, P/SAT, AP, Concurrent Enrollment, Graduation/Drop Out, MAP, ACCESS. These reports can be located under REPORTS > ACADEMIC or REPORTS > ASSESSMENTS.
      Links: Principal Portal
      Contact: Kathryn Johnson, Kathryn_Johnson@dpsk12.org (for elementary reports), Danielle Johnson, Danielle_Johnson@dpsk12.org (for secondary reports)
      Addresses: Disaggregated Data

  • Competency Based Learning

    • Competency Based Learning Resources
      Provide professional learning supports for implementing competency based approaches for culturally responsive education in high school classrooms, as well as instructional competencies. Typical end user schools are Pathway Schools serving students that are predominantly representative of our opportunity quartile.
      Contact: Mark Muenchau, mark_muenchau@dpsk12.org, 720-423-2438
      Links: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/competency and http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/capstone
      Addresses:  College & Career Readiness

      For further reading on culturally responsive education and how it is highly correlative to equity consult, “From: Fisk & Ladd (2004). Elusive Equity: Education Reform in Post-Apartheid South  Africa. Washington, DC: Brookings  Institution Press” or anything written by Gloria Ladson Billings.

  • Digital Tools

    • Digital Portfolios
      Provide professional learning and support for students leveraging Capstone Portfolios for graduation requirements and college and career ready measures that are non-traditional in order to gain access for both college and career opportunities.
      Links: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/competency and http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/capstone
      Contact: Mark Muenchau, mark_muenchau@dpsk12.org, 720-423-2438
      Addresses:  College & Career Readiness

    • Instructional Technology (Ed Tech)
      Partner with your Educational Technology Specialist to develop a vision and professional learning plan for your building that integrates instructional technology into teaching and learning and closes the digital divide. Receive guidance on device purchasing and digital tools.
      Contact: Lisa Lund, lisa_lund@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1994
      Link: http://etls.dpsk12.org/edtech_schools/
      Addresses: Digital Equity & College and Career Readiness

    • Makerspace Kits (Library Services)
      Library Services has created Makerspace Kits that are available to check out for a 3 week period. Create equitable access to the maker movement in your classrooms, library or programs. Makerspace Kits support inquiry, collaboration, hands-on learning, coding, hypothesis creation and testing, tinkering and critical thinking. Create greater access to STEM and 21st Century learning experiences. Kits include Bloxels, Cubelets, Dash & Dot robots, Keva, LittleBits, Makey Makey, Osmo, Snap Circuits, Spheros and more.
      Contact: ERSClassroomLibrary@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1841
      Link: http://lion.dpsk12.org/ (then select "makerspace kits")
      Addresses: Digital Equity & College and Career Readiness

    • Schoology 101 (Academic Portals)
      Schoology is a learning management system available to teachers to use with students to enhance their access to learning in and outside of the classroom. This tool helps students access content, connect with each other and their teachers, and prepares them for the technology use similar to what is expected in a college environment.
      Linkhttp://schoology.dpsk12.org Course Code: B88J4-WCXX5
      Contact: Tim Leddy (tim_leddy@dpsk12.org), 720-423-3380
      Addresses: Digital Equity & College and Career Readiness

    • Schoology 201 (Academic Portals)
      Schoology 201 is an extension of Schoology 101. This course provides the opportunity for DPS teacher to learn some of the advanced features and functions. The course provides guidance for best practices when using Schoology with students.
      Link: http://schoology.dpsk12.org Course Code: 3TW2K-5WBXS
      Contact: Tim Leddy (tim_leddy@dpsk12.org), 720-423-3380
      Addresses: Digital Equity & College and Career Readiness

    • Student Portal
      An online tool providing students access to their academic performance and information. Includes grades, attendance, and schedule information from Infinite Campus, current and historic (two years) district and state assessment results, bus scanning details from +Pass, on track to graduate information, and much more. Also connects students to other online tools and resources needed throughout the year (i.e. Illuminate, Schoology, LION, Overdrive, and others). The Academic Portal team offers many options to support school leaders, including school-specific implementation planning, event integration, and more! We encourage you to fill out our School Support Request form and select the option(s) that best meet your school’s needs.
      Link: https://myportal.dpsk12.org
      Contact: Katie Maestas

  • ELA/ EL Supports

    *It is recommend that schools who would like to leverage any of the supports for English Language Learners, contact their ELA Network Partner to discuss the need and leverage the information gathered during the ELA program review to identify relevant supports.

      Contact: Dr. Jonnathan Smith at JONNATHAN_SMITH@dpsk12.org

    • Educational Technology and Library Services Professional Learning
      To help educators provide online speaking and writing opportunities to their students, the Educational Technology and Library Services (ETLS) team has released a menu of technology integration options and a Technology Integration Schoology course (Course Code:  J8V3J-TSB9S). Additionally, WIDA has practice assessments available.

      Ed Tech specialists are also available for individualized support with technology integration by providing your classroom with:
      • Digital learning experiences aligned with ELD curriculum.
      • Student and teacher access to digital tools in all four domains of language.
      • Increased student readiness for the technology components of the ACCESS 2.0 assessment.

    This professional development course will be tailored to the devices in your building - iPads or Chromebooks. Explore digital tools to support the English learner in the classroom.

    Link:
    http://etls.dpsk12.org/professional_learning/
    Contact: Lisa Lund, lisa_lund@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1994
    Addresses: Digital Equity and CMAS literacy measures

    • English Language Development (ELD) Supports & Professional Development Offerings
      • On Site ELD Curriculum PD for teachers
      • On Site ELD Curriculum PD for instructional leaders
      • ELD Observation/Feedback cycles
      • ELD Instructional Coaching/Modeling
      • Sheltering/Integrated ELD PD
      • Workshop: Lesson Planning for ELD
      • Cohort/Learning Labs support for ELD curriculum
      • ELD Progress monitoring tool training and implementation (development)

              Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/682
              Contact: ELA Network Partner

    • ELA Programming Supports
      ELA Partners support schools in their networks in the implementation of programming and services for English Learners.  This includes supporting Instructional Leadership Teams in ensuring that all students placed appropriately into services and are receiving high quality content and ELD instruction. Programming support includes:
      • Prioritized support from the ELA Partner
      • PAC support in the form of co-planning and/or co-facilitation of PAC meetings
        • The ELA Department offers a PAC toolkit and monthly newsletters for schools to support in the implementation of a Parent Advisory Committees for families of English Learners.  The resources include agendas and Power Points that schools can use in their PAC meetings.
      • Additional support and training for front office staff to support registration
      • ELA Summer Academy provided at the site of the Intensive School and/or targeted outreach to students at Intensive schools to attend ELA Summer Academy

    Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/660
    Contact: ELA Network Partner

    • ELA Root Cause and Data Analysis Support
      Targeted data analysis specific to ELA programming and/or English Learners
      DDI support to support English Learners for Instructional Leadership Teams
      Equity root cause support and targeted strategy development
      Contact: ELA Network Partner

    • ELA-S Instructional Supports & Professional Development Offerings
      ELA-S Instruction
      • Workshop: LAG Implementation
      • Workshop: Spanish Literacy
      • Cohort/Learning Labs support for ELA-S

        Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1072
        Contact: ELA Network Partner

      • ELA Summer Academy
        DPS Summer Academy is a free summer program for students whose assessment scores indicate they would benefit from extra practice and individualized attention. All students in ELA programs who are entering grades K-8 and have ACCESS scores of 3 or lower are invited to attend. All students entering grades K-3 who are on READ plans are required to attend. In previous years, students in all grades have showed significant gains in English literacy and Spanish literacy over the course of the Academy. We provide supports to enable Principals to host Summer Academy at their site, and to implement strategies to do outreach and recruitment with the school community.
        Links:  http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/687 and http://ela.dpsk12.org/summer-academy/
        Contact: ELA Network Partner

      • ELA Teacher Qualification
        We value our diverse student body, and are committed to improving instruction and student achievement outcomes for every student by providing a rigorous, enriching educational experience. We want teachers to have the strategies and resources to ensure the success of each student by embracing their language and culture. In order to meet the needs of our diverse learners, we provide training opportunities that focus on strategies and resources that will help teachers build on their existing skills to even better and more efficiently interact and instruct English language learners in the classroom. ELA training opportunities have been expanded to meet teacher’s specific training and classroom needs. Schedules have been built with teachers in mind to ensure flexibility and support during the school year.
        Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/680
        Contact: ELA Network Partner

      • High Quality Linguistically Diverse Digital Content
        A high quality suite of databases and digital resources for grades ECE-12 are available through Library Services’ LION website. These include college and career ready databases that support inquiry at the secondary level (Opposing Viewpoints, Student Resources in Context, Research in Context, Culturegrams, and Britannica). Opposing Viewpoints, Student Resources in Context and Research in Context translate into 40 languages and have text-to-speech supports. The Britannica digital encyclopedia has articles written in both English and Spanish (Britannica Escolar is written in Spanish for grades k-12, and Enciclopedia Moderna is a more academic resource written in Spanish for grades 9-12.)

        There are also databases for elementary students, including PebbleGo, which has modules for Biographies, Science, Social Studies and Animals written in both English and Spanish with natural narration and rich visual supports. Kids Infobits is a K-5 inquiry database that also translates into 40 languages with text-to-speech supports.

        Our OverDrive eBook collection has eBooks in a number of languages and a large selection of digital audiobooks. Curated linguistic collections include Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese, with smaller selections in French, Russian and German.

        Link: http://lion.dpsk12.org/ (then select "eresources")
        Contact: Caroline Hughes, caroline_hughes@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1840
        Addresses: CMAS literacy measures

        Other ELA Professional Development Offerings
        The ELA Department offers a variety of Professional Development opportunities that schools can utilize to better support the English Learners in their buildings.  
        • G.L.A.D. Training and coaching
        • SLO Co-creation and monitoring support
        • Workshop: Co-Teaching ELD Model
        • Cohort/Learning Labs support for Co-Teaching

                Contact: ELA Network Partner

      • ISA Team Supports
        ISA Team Support Specialists provide support to ISA Teams in determining decisions for English Learners in terms of Identification, Redesignation and Monitoring.  This includes technical support in navigating the system as well as instructional support in making the best decision for students based on a body of evidence.
        Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/667
        Contact: ELA Network Partner

      • Special Education Assessment Services - English Language Learners (SEAS bilingual team)
        SEAS partners with schools to ensure linguistically and culturally appropriate assessments occur for students referred for special education assessments.  SEAS also serve as resources to schools, consulting on services, modifications and accommodations for ELL's.
        Link: https://studentservices.dpsk12.org/seas/Pages/default.aspx
        Contact: Melissa Armendariz, Melissa_Armendariz@dpsk12.org  
        Addresses: Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth

      • Summer Academy Extended Day
        2016 Mill Levy funding supports Summer Academy with full-day and sibling programming by the Department of Extended Learning and Community Schools' Discovery Link summer programs and various comprehensive Community Partners.  In 2018, Discovery Link, Boys and Girls Clubs, Scholars Unlimited, Heart and Hand and Generation Teach supported this work. Summer Academy participants engage in enriching opportunities each afternoon following Summer Academy and participate in all day partner-led activities on Fridays.  Students attend weekly field trips, have experiential learning opportunities, and explore passions and new interests with a variety of enrichment partners.
        Contact: Mary Varveris, mary_varveris@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1799
        Addresses: CMAS literacy measures

    • Equity-Based Learning Opportunities for Adults and Students

      Community of Practice for Equity-based Practices in Mathematics
      In partnership with Curriculum & Instruction and Learning Forward, the Professional Learning team invites middle school and high school math teams who have an interest in learning more about how to implement equity-based practices in mathematics to participate in a year-long, job-embedded Community of Practice with their math partner and Instructional Leadership team.
      Links: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CKKdnfUB7Y0Gofdjhw1BXQI7xiDHGmYb/view?usp=sharing
      Additional Information
      Contact: Tess Vigil, CRE Professional Learning Specialist, Tess_Vigil@dpsk12.org

      Culturally Responsive Leadership Institute (CRLI)
      The CR Leadership Institute (The Institute) provides the opportunity for school leaders that lead CRT Fellows and educators in the GTC cohort, a parallel professional learning experience designed to:

      • Calibrate on coaching and observation for equity and cultural responsiveness; align language and understanding of what Culturally Responsive Teaching is and is not across classrooms and school.
      • Co-develop CRE leadership competencies, similar to the CRT Fellowship and CRT School Design Teams. The leaders will co-develop and pilot CRE leadership competencies and provide greater input on CRT practices for teachers as part of the 18-19 strategic milestones for CRE.
      • Increase self-awareness of power, privilege, oppression and how it lives within individual actions, inactions, their school, and systems
      • Create Action Plan for addressing equity-related issues within locus of control

      Participants will receive an incentive of $6,000 per school, to broaden their resources in CRE, examples include, CR books and classroom materials, professional learning opportunities, etc.

      Dates:

      • Dec. 5th, 3:00pm-7:00pm
      • Dec. 6th, 8:00am -4:00pm
      • Feb. 7th, 8:00am -4:00pm
      • February - TBD, Friday/Saturday, Beyond Diversity Summit
      • April 2nd, 8:00am -4:00pm

      Contact: Danielle Harris, Senior Manager of CRE, Danielle_Harris@dpsk12.org

      Culturally Responsive Teaching PDU
      This PDU will provide educators with a deeper understanding of culturally responsive teaching (CRT) practices.  Participants should have some foundational background in CRT via CRT PDU’s offered, attendance in Equity Boot Camps offered by DPS, college coursework, etc…

      This PDU will meet in six face to face sessions, each session will be 2 hours long, meeting from 4:30pm-6:30pm.  It is strongly encouraged that participants are in attendance for each session, however, life circumstances do come up.  In order to earn the PDU credit and payment incentive, an educator must attend AT LEAST 5 of the 6 sessions; and the final session is REQUIRED for all participants to attend.

      Link To Application: http://bit.ly/fallcrepdu
      Contact: Jamie Villarreal-Bassett, CRE Professional Learning Specialist, Jamie_Bassett@dpsk12.org

      Culturally Responsive Teaching Fellowship
      The CRE team and the Professional Learning team offer a fellowship focused on a cohort learning experience studying and practicing Culturally Responsive Teaching. Participants will learn from peers and facilitators in a coached, job embedded professional learning experience.

      The Theory of Action for the CRT Fellowship is that if teachers engage in a cohort experience of study and practice around CRT Mindsets and practices, their classrooms and their teaching practice will transform and will impact student success.

      Outcomes/Experience

      • Participate in a hybrid book study of Zaretta Hammond’s Culturally Responsive Teaching and The Brain
      • Build skill and instructional effectiveness in culturally responsive teaching practices through reflection, coaching, and shared learning
      • Receive coaching around culturally responsive practices and share practices with cohort
      • Build community with educators across the district focused on CRE and best first instruction
      • Build a community of education leaders committed to equitable instruction and outcomes for all students, especially students of color and other marginalized populations
      • Use PDSA cycles to protype of identified culturally responsive teaching practices, analyze and adapt in an effort to create the DPS framework for culturally responsive teaching  
      • Optional engagement in day-long learning labs to see examples of excellent classrooms and learn practices

      Participants commit to:
      Two hours per month during the school year for virtual and in-person sessions for an approximate total of 35 out-of-school hours.

      Contact: Tess Vigil, CRE Professional Learning Specialist, Tess_Vigil@dpsk12.org

      Growth Through Connections
      Anchoring discussions and learning in Dr. Christopher Emdin’s book, For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood, Growth Through Connections helps educators build strong relationships with their students and provide them with engaging, culturally relevant learning experiences aligned to Colorado’s academic standards.

      Participants in Growth Through Connections identify, unpack and address their biases and other barriers that prevent them from connecting with each student. Teachers then develop strategies to create rigorous, culturally relevant learning experiences that foster a love for learning.

      In addition to training sessions, participants will receive:

      • One-on-one coaching in your classroom from an experienced student relationship coach
      • 3 Learning labs
      • Planning sessions to continue the implementation of the common core standards through relationship building with students
      • Paid substitute for meeting days
      • Stipend for your time

      What is the commitment?
      Attend 6 training sessions. Dates vary.

      Link To Application: http://bit.ly/GTCDPS2
      Contact: Jamie Villarreal-Bassett, CRE Professional Learning Specialist, Jamie_Bassett@dpsk12.org

      Opportunity Gap Cohort
      The Professional Learning Team, in collaboration with CELT, offers a Professional Learning Community of Practice focused on peer-to-peer learning for school leadership teams based on a problem of practice for a targeted group of underserved students. The Opportunity Gap Cohort is a differentiated and personalized Community of Practice for School Leadership Teams who would like to learn from peers in a coached, job embedded professional learning experience. Below is the current model that can be modified to respond to expressed needs and interests in continuous improvement.

      The Theory of Action for the Opportunity Gap Cohort is that if school leadership teams engage in data-driven collaboration with peers and focus their learning on a targeted group of underserved students, school-based structures and practice will be transformed and will impact student success.

      Below is our example through four stages of professional learning over the course of a year using Dr. Eddie Fergus’s work. Dr. Fergus, author of Solving Disproportionality and Achieving Equity: A Leader’s Guide to Using Data to Change Hearts and Minds and faculty at Temple University, along with consultants from Collaborative Equity Solutions, LLC, supports schools through site visits and cohort convenings. This is a two-year program with the first year focused on identifying and analyzing the school’s focus and the second year focused on implementation.

      Link: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1lvC1gXONID28KjciKvEJCgBr-P5z7--i5rWuiAdVD60/edit?usp=sharing
      Contact: Kelina Imamura; CRE Professional Learning Specialist: KELINA_IMAMURA@dpsk12.org

      CELT Trainings:  Supports that CELT offer schools for improvement are designed to increase the cultural competency of leaders and teachers so that they are able to more effectively engage with their students, families and peers. While all CELT programs are available for schools, the ones listed below are specifically suited to serve our schools that need growth in creating a more equitable and inclusive culture that will drive greater outcomes for our marginalized students.

      • Equity Bootcamp – designed to increase teacher and leaders’ knowledge of students’ cultures and how to engage in more culturally proficient ways.
        Develop facilitation skills for leading conversations on race and equity within your school or department and create action plans to implement strategies discussed during this one-day program for DPS educators and community members. Impact is increased when school teams participate together.

        Program Objective:
        • Strengthen school or team cultures
        • Increase values-based leaders ability to engage with students, families and peers from diverse backgrounds
        • Strengthen ability to systematically infuse equitable, inclusive and culturally responsive practices

         Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=1261
         Contact: Bill de la Cruz, Bill_delacruz@dpsk12.org

      • Foundational Bias Training 
        Our foundational training on equity starts with a workshop focused on the behavioral and emotional impacts of implicit and explicit bias in relationships. This approach is foundational because self-awareness about bias allows participants to leave empowered to treat everyone as the unique individuals they are and to take ownership for how personal bias affects our interactions with colleagues, students and families.
        • Custom support with a focus on Equity and Inclusion can be facilitated based on schools need
          Contact: Bill de la Cruz, Bill_delacruz@dpsk12.org

      • DPS Aspire (Adult) 
        Engage, reflect and have fun while learning about how you can transform DPS values into action, vision into reality, obstacles into innovation and risks into rewards during this two-day program for DPS educators. This program is particularly helpful for Teachers, Senior Team Leads and Deans

        Program Objectives:
        • Identify individual leadership capacity, style, and strengths
        • Build meaningful relationships with peers and colleagues across DPS
        • Learn how to lead through the lens of cultural responsiveness and equity
        • Learn how to leverage and take action through sphere of influence
        • Understand the importance of cultivating greatness in others
        • Learn how to navigate a difficult conversation
        • Identify strengths and opportunities for growth with integrating the DPS values
        • Learn how to lead for change through Mission and Values Develop strategies and action plan to grow and improve

       Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1230
       Contact: Imani Morning, Imani_Morning@dpsk12.org

      • DPS Aspire (Youth) 
        We have developed a youth version of Aspire that is appropriate for high school students. This program will have a positive impact on peer culture and will grow your students’ ability to engage, reflect and have fun while learning about how they can transform DPS values into action, vision into reality, obstacles into innovation and risks into rewards during this program for DPS students. We see increased impact when this program is run in conjunction with DPS Aspire for Adults

        Program Objectives:
        • Identify individual leadership capacity, style, and strengths
        • Build meaningful relationships with peers
        • Learn how to lead through the lens of cultural responsiveness and equity
        • Learn how to leverage and take action through sphere of influence
        • Understand the importance of cultivating greatness in others
        • Learn how to navigate a difficult conversation
        • Identify strengths and opportunities for growth with integrating the DPS values
        • Learn how to lead for change through Mission and Values Develop strategies and action plan to grow and improve

        Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1230
        Contact: Imani Morning, Imani_Morning@dpsk12.org

      • Professional Coaching & Support
        The Culture, Equity and Leadership Team has multiple leaders that can help design a strategy to strengthen your leaders and educators as well as improve the culture within a school.

    • Exceptional Students

    • Family & Community Resources

      • School Governance
        All schools in the Denver Public School system must have certain governance structures to ensure that families and communities have a voice in their schools.  These structures are designed to help promote community involvement and strengthens schools.  They are also required by state and federal law. Our School Governance page is filled with information and resources to help you build these structures.
        Contact: SchoolGovernance@dpsk12.org, Daniel Houser  (720) 423-2278
        Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/626

      • Parent Teacher Home Visit Program
        PTHV is designed to strengthen the connection between teachers, family, and students. The Family Empowerment Team provides training, resources and compensation for teachers, including support for connecting the home visit with other family engagement initiatives at the school site. Schools will be able to apply for mini-grants to support this effort. 
        Contact: Cody Ostenson, cody_ostenson@dpsk12.org; (720) 423- 2267
        Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/742

      • Center For Family Opportunity
        Providing free wrap around services to community members 18 or older in order through classes and workshops to obtain critical life skills and increase their economic self-sufficiency through the Center for Family Opportunity The Centers for Family Opportunity (CFO)are in the FNE and SW regions.
        Contact: Matt Dodge, Matthew_Dodge@dpsk12.org, (720)423-2295
        Linkhttp://face.dpsk12.org/school-based-services/support-for-the-whole-child/

      • Volunteer Services (Extended Learning & Community Schools)
        Volunteer Services assists all parents and families, regardless of their citizenship, in volunteering in their child’s school. Volunteer Services works individually with schools to remove barriers from communities participating in volunteer activities such as tutoring, field trips and enrichment activities.
        Contact: MaryRose Varveris, maryrose_varveris@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1799
        Link: https://extendedlearning.dpsk12.org/communitypartnerships/

      • Family Empowerment 
        Community Progress Monitoring is the process of sharing the ABCs of data: Attendance, Behavior, and Courses/Curriculum. For more information about Community Progress Monitoring and resources to help you plan your rollout.
        Contact: Daniel Houser-Seidlitz, DANIEL_HOUSER-SEIDLITZ@dpsk12.org; (720) 423-2278
        Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/624

      • Family Constituency Services
        Conflict Management; Mediation; Conflict Coaching; We provide services to parents, families, schools, and community members who need assistance accessing school and District resources, addressing concerns, and building skills to be strong partners in their students’ education.
        Contact: Elizabeth Battle, elizabeth_battle@dpsk12.org, (720) 423-2280
        Link: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/638

      • Data Sharing for Community Partners (Extended Learning & Community Schools)
        Through the Department of Extended Learning and Community Schools, community partners who directly serve students and have a Data Sharing Agreement can target interventions to kids based upon their attendance, free and reduced lunch, and behavior.  Many of our comprehensive partners use data from the Community Partnership System (CPS) to differentiate supports for students in their programs.
        Link: https://extendedlearning.dpsk12.org/volunteers/
        Contact: MaryRose Varveris, maryrose_varveris@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1799
        Addresses: CMAS measures

      • Diverse Books Initiative (Library Services)
        Curation of digital and print book collections which reflect the diversity of our school community and society.  We can provide professional learning around identifying ways to integrate culturally responsive books into instruction, and culturally responsive ways to partner with families and community groups.
        Links: http://dpsk12.lib.overdrive.comhttp://lion.dpsk12.org/ (then select "book baskets")
        Contact: Caroline Hughes, caroline_hughes@dpsk12.org ,720-423-1840
        Addresses: CMAS literacy measures

      • eBooks (Library Services)
        eBooks for ECE-12th grade in English and Spanish (we are working on content in additional languages). Includes digital audio and Read-alongs (which have text and audio), digital annotation which can be exported to Google Docs for research. Language Arts novels are available, including audio, at the secondary level. OverDrive also includes a professional development library called "Teacher's Lounge". We can provide professional learning for staff.
        Link: http://dpsk12.lib.overdrive.com
        Contact: Caroline Hughes, caroline_hughes@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1840
        Addresses: CMAS literacy measures
      • Digital Citizenship (Ed Tech)
        Partner with your Educational Technology Specialist to provide our Digital Citizenship programs to students and families, which proactively address issues of cyberbullying or unacceptable use of technology. We also deliver programs as part of the ConnectHome program which serves families in public housing.
        Linkhttp://etls.dpsk12.org/edtech_schools/ and https://sites.google.com/dpsk12.net/digcit/home?authuser=0
        Contact: lisa_lund@dpsk12.org 720-423-1994
        Addresses:  Digital Equity & College and Career Readiness

      • Parent Portal
        An online tool providing parents/legal guardians access to their students’ academic performance and information. The Parent Portal is our parents’ first stop to view grades, attendance, and schedule from Infinite Campus, current and historic (two years) district and state assessment results, bus scanning details from +Pass, on track to graduation information and much more. Parents can also connect to other online tools and resources within the portal needed throughout the year (i.e. Online SchoolChoice, Assessment Opt Out form, Transportation Exception form, Schoology, and others). The Academic Portal team offers many options to support school leaders, including school-specific implementation planning, event integration, and more! We encourage you to fill out our School Support Request form and select the option(s) that best meet your school’s needs.
        Contact: Katie Maestas
        Website: https://myportal.dpsk12.org

    • Literacy

      • High Quality Digital Content (Library Services)
        Through our LION platform we provide access to subscription databases with content aligned to curriculum that supports inquiry and research in grades 2nd-12th. LION includes databases that translate into 40 languages and audio/speech-to-text. Students can access with single sign-on from home. We can provide professional learning for staff.
        Link: http://lion.dpsk12.org/ (then select "eresources")
        Contact: Caroline Hughes, caroline_hughes@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1840
        Addresses: CMAS literacy measures

      • Elementary Literacy Leader Resources
        Literacy professional learning options during 2018-2019 will focus on instructional practices in core literacy & intervention to narrow academic gaps.  Leaders can access capsule descriptions, look-fors, ILT considerations, and more to support them in strengthening literacy instructional practices aligned to school-specific areas of literacy need. 
        Link: Resources for Elementary Literacy Leaders
        Contact: Anna Pendleton, anna_pendleton@dpsk12.org 
        Addresses: Early Literacy measures, CMAS/CSLA literacy measures

      • MS Literacy Leader Resources
        Leaders can access literacy coaching tools, look-fors, capsule descriptions of instructional resources, and more to support them in strengthening literacy instructional practices that target academic gaps. 
        Link: C & I Resources for School Leaders Schoology Group: Access Code GZKB2-PKT3M
        Contact: Anna Pendletonanna_pendleton@dpsk12.org 
        Addresses: CMAS literacy measures

      • HS Literacy Leader Resources
        Leaders can access literacy coaching tools, look-fors, capsule descriptions of instructional resources, and more to support them in strengthening literacy instructional practices that target academic gaps and postsecondary readiness. 
        Link: C & I Resources for School Leaders Schoology Group: Access Code GZKB2-PKT3M
        Contact: Anna Pendletonanna_pendleton@dpsk12.org 
        Addresses: CMAS literacy measures, PSAT/SAT measures

      • Summer Learning Toolkit (Library Services)
        Library Services created a toolkit in Schoology for schools on research related to summer reading slide and strategies to engage students and families in reading and learning over the summer break.
        Link: http://schoology.dpsk12.org Course Code: 9Z4PW-BN7KZ
        Contact: Caroline Hughes, caroline_hughes@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1840
        Addresses: CMAS literacy measures

      • Summer Reading Incentives (Library Services)
        Library Services has designed Summer Reading incentives for schools to encourage reading over the summer. In the spring of 2018 this included three programs: 1) free book fairs for schools with high numbers of students logging into OverDrive eBooks; 2) free author visits and signed books for schools with the highest OverDrive eBook readership over the summer; and 3) $2,000 in school library book credits to schools supporting school libraries and highest participation in the Denver Public Library’s Summer Learning Program. Please contact Library Services for programs and materials for the summer of 2019.
        Contact: Caroline Hughes, caroline_hughes@dpsk12.org, 720-423-1840
        Addresses: Summer learning loss and CMAS literacy measures

    • Math

      • Elementary School Leader Resources
        Math professional learning options for 2017-2018 school year focused on targeted, Tier 1 instructional practices to narrow academic gaps. Instructional Practice Guide provides look-fors to support strengthening math instructional practices that target academic gaps.
        Links: Resources for Elementary School, Instructional Practice Guide K-8 ,
                 C & I Resources for School Leaders Schoology Group: Access Code GZKB2-PKT3M
        Contact: Cathy Oglesby, cathy_oglesby@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: CMAS math measures

      • Middle School Leader Resources
        Math professional learning options for 2017-2018 school year focused on targeted, Tier 1 instructional practices to narrow academic gaps. Instructional Practice Guide provides look-fors to support strengthening math instructional practices that target academic gaps.
        Links: Resources for Middle School, Instructional Practice Guide K-8
                 C & I Resources for School Leaders Schoology Group: Access Code GZKB2-PKT3M
      • Contact: Heidi Saunders, heidi_saunders@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: CMAS math measures

      • High School Leader Resources
        Math professional learning options for 2017-2018 school year focused on targeted, Tier 1 instructional practices to narrow academic gaps.  Instructional Practice Guide provides look-fors to support strengthening math instructional practices that target academic gaps and postsecondary readiness. 
        Links: Resources for High School, Instructional Practice Guide HS
                 C & I Resources for School Leaders Schoology Group: Access Code GZKB2-PKT3M
      • Contact: Megan Korponic, megan_korponic@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: CMAS math measures, PSAT/SAT measures

    • Office of College and Career Readiness

      Office of College and Career Readiness staff support schools in the delivery of services and programs to strategically eliminate disproportionality in college credit-bearing courses, on-track to graduate, and college matriculation.

      Contact: Antonio Esquibel, Executive Director of College and Career Readiness, Antonio_Esquibel@dpsk12.org

      • Advanced Placement (AP)
        Advanced Placement offers 38 different courses in STEM, English, Social Science, Arts and World Languages. AP is a rigorous curriculum that does not require students to test into them. Students from diverse backgrounds have the ability to challenge themselves, experience college level coursework and gain academic confidence. English Language Learners may also learn the literacy skills for their native language and earn college credit. Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams are much more likely than their peers to complete a college degree on time.  
        Links: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/home?navid=ap-apc,https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/home
        Contact: Gary Cooper, Director of Advanced Academics, gary_cooper@dpsk12.org

      • ASCENT (Accelerating Students through Concurrent Enrollment)
        Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours of postsecondary courses prior to completion of his/her 12th grade year may be eligible for the ASCENT Program. This program is ideal for students who may struggle fiscally to access postsecondary options. Students receive their high-school diplomas at the end of their ASCENT year. Students also receive in depth advising and support while completing their first year of college through the Office of College and Career Readiness increasing persistence and success.
        Links: https://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary/ce_ascent
        Contact: Larae Scott Jennings, ASCENT Program Manager, larae_scott@dpsk12.org

      • Achievement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
        AVID features a rigorous academic elective course with a sequential curriculum for grades 7 through 12 that focuses on writing, inquiry, and collaboration as methodologies to accelerate student progress toward College and Career Readiness. This program allows schools to prioritize students underrepresented in higher education enrollment and completion, strengthening their academic skills, confidence and readiness.
        Links: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1695, www.avid.org
        Contact: Gary Cooper, Director of Advanced Academics, gary_cooper@dpsk12.org

      • College Access Programming
        Programming supporting student experience, exploration and college matriculation to all postsecondary opportunities. Targeting students underrepresented in higher education enrollment and completion, these events expose students and families to the many postsecondary opportunities and supports available to them. This includes district wide events such as College Application Days, 9th Grade College Expo, Black Male Initiative, African American Young Ladies Summit and college orientation programs as well as supervision and support of Postsecondary Coaches.
        Links: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1725
        Contact: Katie Gianatasio, College Access Program Manager, Kathleen_Gianatasio@dpsk12.org

      • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
        College Board’s College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a rigorous program that allows students from a wide range of ages and backgrounds to demonstrate their mastery of introductory college-level material and earn college credit. Students can earn credit for what they already know by getting qualifying scores on any of the 33 examinations. These assessments can be given throughout the year and when paired with Advanced Placement credit students have the potential to earn a minor in languages such as Spanish.
        Links: https://clep.collegeboard.org/
        Contact: Scott Mendelsberg, Director of Higher Education Partnerships, scott_mendelsberg@dpsk12.org

      • College Readiness Assessments
        College readiness assessments include ACCUPLACER, SAT, and PSAT. These tests can be administered multiple times throughout the year to demonstrate readiness for college level curriculum. Office of College and Career Readiness staff can support buildings in strategizing preparation and administration of exams, fee waivers, and administration.
        Links: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/?navId=accu-luhttps://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
        Contact: Scott Mendelsberg, Director of Higher Education Partnerships, scott_mendelsberg@dpsk12.org

      • Concurrent (Dual) Enrollment
        Concurrent enrollment provides high school students the opportunity to take college courses both on high school and college campuses. Students gain exposure to the academic challenges of college while still receiving support from the high school. Using disaggregated data, the Office of College & Career Readiness provides supports to schools to develop assessment and enrollment strategies to target gaps in equitable student access. Concurrent enrollment is distinct from other accelerated course work in the sense that concurrent enrollment students earn a college grade based on multiple and varied assessments throughout the course, rather than from one high-stakes test.
        Links: https://www.cde.state.co.us/postsecondary/concurrentenrollment
        Contact: Peter Tardif, Manager of Concurrent Enrollment and Assessments, peter_tardif@dpsk12.org

      • Counseling Support Services
        Experienced school counselors out of the Office of College and Career Readiness support school based personnel in implementation of academic advising, graduation guidelines, college access, ICAPs, social and emotional needs, career development to close opportunity gaps. Professional development, evaluation and observation support, and consultation for school counselors and other school based leaders.
        Links: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1689
        Contact: Director of Counseling and College Access, Dr. Samantha Haviland, Samantha_haviland@dpsk12.org

      • Credit Recovery
        Supporting the implementation of Edgenuity, a school based, online credit recovery program that aims to support students in recovering credits to be on track to graduate. By using this tool and the corresponding supports, schools have the ability  to specifically focus on closing opportunity gaps for students that historically are underrepresented in high school graduation rates, post secondary enrollment and completion.
        Contact: Christina Abeyta-Greene, Program Manager of Online Intervention and Acceleration, Christina_Abeyta-Greene@dpsk12.org

      • Graduation Requirement Implementation
        New graduation requirements were released by the Colorado Department of Education for the class of 2021 and beyond. In supporting the implementation, district staff are available for consultation and system support as well as problem solving to decrease gaps in graduation rate among underrepresented populations.
        Links: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1495
        Contact: John Albright, Director of Student Engagement, John_Albright@dpsk12.org

      • Individual Career and Academic Planning (ICAP)
        Individual Academic and Career Plans (ICAPs) are a part of The Denver Plan 2020 and are a part of graduation requirements for students graduating in 2021 and beyond. ICAP lessons are particularly important for underrepresented students so they know the distinct opportunities that are available to them to access their secondary and postsecondary options. District ICAP resources to support underrepresented populations  include consultation and continually developed lessons as well as Naviance access and support. ICAP includes participation in the 8th grade Career Fair and the 9th grade College Expo.
        Links: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1724
        Contact: Miriam Linden, Counseling Coordinator, Miriam_Linden@dpsk12.org

      • International Baccalaureate (IB)
        International Baccalaureate programming are school-wide, K-12 initiatives leading toward a highly rigorous college curriculum. Students from diverse backgrounds have the ability to challenge themselves, experience college level coursework and gain academic confidence. Office of College and Career Readiness staff are available to strategize implementation for decreasing opportunity gap and assist in broadening access and international mindedness.
        Links: https://www.ibo.org/
        Contact: Gary Cooper, Director of Advanced Academics, gary_cooper@dpsk12.org

      • Student Voice and Leadership
        Student Voice and Leadership programs transform school cultures by nurturing the whole child, supporting youth adult partnerships and leveraging community assets. We help students and teachers discover their core strengths and apply those strengths in real world experiences.
        Links: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1823
        Contact: Manager of Student Leadership and Community, Solicia Lopez, Solicia_Lopez@dpsk12.org

      • Transitions Team
        Transition Liaisons support students and families in enrollment in a school that is their best fit. Targeting students who may be behind in credit, liaisons can meet with students and families to discuss other options and support the transition between schools.
        Links: http://thecommons.dpsk12.org/Page/1822
        Contact: Transitions Manager, Aviva Katz, Aviva_Katz@dpsk12.org

      College Readiness Assessments
      College readiness assessments include ACCUPLACER, SAT, and PSAT. These tests can be administered multiple times throughout the year to demonstrate readiness for college level curriculum. Office of College and Career Readiness staff can support buildings in strategizing preparation and administration of exams, fee waivers, and administration. 
      Links: https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/?navId=accu-luhttps://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat
      Contact: Scott Mendelsberg, Director of Higher Education Partnerships, scott_mendelsberg@dpsk12.org

      In addition, the Office of College & Career Readiness, in partnership with the Division of Academic Excellence, has put together resources your school may find helpful in PSAT/SAT prep and support, outlined below.

      •  Access PSAT/SAT Prep Resources on the Commons: You can access these resources on The Commons. These resources were built based on feedback from schools, and contain three strategies utilized across the district to better prepare students for the exams. Each strategy utilizes one or more of the resources from the Test Preparation Support Menu and can be supported financially via your school's SEI budget.

      • Access PSAT/SAT Resources Aligned to Math: You can now access PSAT/SAT items aligned to specific units in the Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2 and Algebra 2 high school mathematics courses. This resource contains a table of alignment along with corresponding College Board practice tests designed to support student engagement with items that represent the level of rigor and types of questions students will encounter on the PSAT/SAT. These items can be incorporated into ongoing lessons throughout each unit. If you have questions, contact Megan Korponic

      • Share Instructional Best Practices for the PSAT and SAT: Please share this one-pager with teachers on instructional best practices to prepare students for success on the PSAT and SAT suite of assessments. This document provides teachers with concrete strategies and content-specific resources around literacy, math, science and social studies. These resources will help teachers support students in succeeding on standardized tests. For more information, contact Scott Jones.

    • Whole Child Focused Supports

      • Behavior Barriers Team 
        A team of behavior specialist that provide coaching, modeling and professional development to help schools remove the behavior barriers to learning, the team includes the behavior technicians. They can be deployed by calling 720-423-3410
        Links:https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1cx8jW6fNkL7UWdtKOM3hZXlajmTSml_NcHQuHrHnmKk/edit#slide=id.p1
        Contact:Michael Skykes, michael_sykes@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: College and Career Readiness, Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth 

      • Denver Public Schools Nursing and Student Health Services
        Nursing and student health services provides assessment and physical health supports for all students in Denver Public Schools. We identify student needs that impact their ability to access their education and assist students in overcoming those barriers; provide identification of health related attendance concerns, assessment of how health impacts educational access; provide education on how health impacts students in the classroom setting.  We also support connections with our partners in the community.
        Links:https://studentequity.dpsk12.org/nursing-student-health-services/
        Contact:Kathrine Hale, Kathrine_Hale@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: College and Career Readiness, Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth 

      • District Crisis Recovery Team
        The purpose of the DPS District Crisis Recovery Team (DCRT) is to assist schools with significant crises that affect the school community and to support the school in ensuring safety and the quick return to instruction.
        Links: https://studentequity.dpsk12.org/social-work-psychological-services/
        Contact: Sarah Bergman, Sarah_Bergman2@dpsk12.org 
        Addresses: Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth, College and Career Readiness

      • Native American Student Support Program
        Partners with schools to support Native American students to increase graduation rates and academic growth.  
        Contact: Rose McGuire, rose_mcguire@dpsk12.org or Jay Grimm, Jay_Grimm@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: College and Career Readiness, Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth

      • Restorative Practices
        Provides training, resources, and technical assistance to support implementation of proactive and responsive restorative practices for both students and adults to drive equity, enhance school culture and climate, and support academic achievement.
        Links: tinyurl.com/RPinDPS
        Contacts: Donna Cash, donna_cash@dpsk12.org, & Allison Meier, allison_meier@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth

      • Safety Issues, Suicide and Threat Prevention
        Partners to support suicide prevention, self-injury, threat appraisal and Title IX. 
        Contact: Jane Lineman, Jane_lineman@dpsk12.org or Alicia_franksgibson@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth

      • Student Discipline Program Managers
        Provide support in discipline policy and procedure, equity and inclusion best practice, intervention resources, and the suspension/expulsion process. 
        Contact: Lisa Pisciotta, Lisa_Pisciotta@dpsk12.org; for Elementary Network, middle Schools/IMO Network and Charter Networks
        Barb Downing, Barbara_Downing@dpsk.12.org for 6-12 Network, High School Network, Early College High School Network, and Pathway Network
        Addresses: Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth

      • Trauma Informed Practices
        Provides professional learning and coaching to schools and departments regarding trauma informed practices. Learn how resiliency factors can promote positive outcomes, what constitutes trauma and what it does to the brain, the impact of trauma and what it looks like in students, and begin to explore proactive trauma-sensitive practices
        Contact: Jay Grimm, jay_grimm@dpsk12.org or Shannon Aud, Shannon_aud@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: College and Career Readiness, Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth

      • Whole Child Resource Bank
        Website with several strategies and resources for each component of the Whole Child Supports framework: Healthy, Supported, Engaged, Challenged, Safe, and Socially-Emotionally Intelligent.
        Links: http://wholechild.dpsk12.org/support-for-the-whole-child/whole-child-resource-bank/
        Contact: Jay Grimm, Jay_Grimm@dpsk12.org or Jade Williamson, Jade Williamson@dpsk12.org 
        Addresses: Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth
      • Whole Child Survey Outcomes
        School-level outcomes from the most recent Whole Child Survey. This report highlights the percent of students reporting Strong or Excellent Whole Child Supports specific to each component of the whole child: Challenged, Engaged, Healthy, Safe, Social Emotional Intelligence, and Supported. This data is compared to the district overall, as well as past years performance.
        Links: https://principal.dpsk12.org/Pages/WC-ScReport.aspx
        Contact: Jay Grimm, Jay_Grimm@dpsk12.org or Jonathan Nalow, Jonathan_Nalow@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT or SAT Growth, and CMAS

      • Social Work and Psychological Services 
        Department of Social Work and Psychological Services provides licensed and trained social workers and psychologists on school campuses to support the emotional and social well-being of our students. These services are free to students and families, and are available to foster the development of the Whole Child.  We have central supports for our school social workers and school psychologists, that provide coaching, modeling and professional development for mental health staff.
        Links: https://studentequity.dpsk12.org/social-work-psychological-services/
        Contact: Meredith Fatseas, Meredith_Fatseas@dpsk12.org
        Addresses: Early Literacy Catch Up, PSAT to SAT Growth and CMAS Growth, College and Career Readiness