Equity in Action
Our journey toward becoming an equitable school district has just begun, but it is already deeply rooted in our commitments and our Shared Core Values: Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability, and Fun (the joy and passion we each bring to this work)! We still have a lot of work to do. We will be sharing monthly updates to all DPS staff on our district’s equity work, and we encourage all of Team DPS to stay connected through these updates, called Equity in Action.
DPS Equity Statement
"Racial and Educational Equity is our collective responsibility. We will achieve equity when we dismantle deeply rooted systems of oppression that have historically resulted in inequitable access and distribution of opportunities and resources for those who represent marginalized identities, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, language and ability.
We will create conditions where we all belong, are included, have clear purpose (why) and have the autonomy to lead in our respective areas. By creating these conditions, we will eliminate the predictability of success or failure for our students and team members."
Equity as our Guiding Value
- Culturally Sustaining Curriculum and Instruction
- Culturally Responsive Education
- Multilingual Education Department
Equity and Engagement Division:
- Culture, Equity and Leadership Team
- Family and Community Engagement
- Student Equity and Opportunity
- Success By Design
- Para-To-Teacher Pipeline
Equity Board Documents and Policy
- Equity Cornerstone and DPS Equity Statement Presentation (2020)
- Know Justice Know Peace Resolution (2020)
- Resolution on Use of Handcuffs by DPS Department of Safety (2019)
- January 23. 2020 Resolution on Inclusion for Our LGBTQIA+ Employees, Students, and Community Members
- Inclusion Resolution (2019)
- Special Education Task Force Recommendations (2019)
- Black Excellence Resolution (2019)
- November 15, 2018: Won't Be Erased Resolution
- African American Equity Task Force Guidelines and Recommendations (2017)
- Resolution Regarding the Board’s Commitment to Ensure that Our Schools are Equitable and Safe Spaces for All Students (2016)
- Making DPS a more Equitable and Inclusive Place to Learn, Grow and Have a Positive Impact (2015)
- An Overview of Racial Segregation in Denver Public Schools (2015)
- Supporting Tuition Equity for All Colorado Students (2010)
Research and Reports
The Board of Education heard an overview of a course on Feb. 16, 2021 called "DPS - A Unique Racial History," developed by Dr. Sharon Bailey, Dr. Darlene LeDoux, Dr. Antwan Jefferson and Dr. Ramon Del Castillo. The course was designed to build awareness among students, community members, staff and leaders about the history of race and education in the city of Denver. View the full presentation here.