DPS Management (DPSM) supports supervisors, managers, directors, assistant principals and deans to hone their leadership skills, influence and engage those they lead, facilitate change and develop a performance-based, team culture. Participants in DPSM engage in 9 weekly workshops dedicated to leadership training, creating effective teams, equity practices, mentoring and implementing continuous improvement.
The Spring 2020 deadline for applications has passed. Check back for applications to upcoming DPSM cohorts.
What is DPS Management?
Beginning with a performance-based assessment and concluding with the creation of a development plan, participants in DPSM engage in once a week courses dedicated to leadership training, creating effective teams, equity practices, mentoring and implementing continuous improvement. As a leader in DPS, this program offers you the opportunity to grow in your role while aligning to the Denver Plan strategies of leadership and culture to help ensure that Every Child Succeeds.
Participants will be able to...
Leaders accepted into DPSM will take a performance-based assessment and create a development plan. Based upon your results from a performance simulation, leaders will also have an opportunity to choose from a variety of competency development courses, such as Leading Change, Communicating with Impact, Leading from WithIN: Emotional Intelligence, and Managing Projects. By the end of this program leaders will:
- Reflect on how you will live the DPS mission and values and learn how to align your strategic plans to them
- Develop core skills that will increase your ability to create a high performing team and drive impact throughout the organization
- Create trusting and meaningful relationships with DPS colleagues and students
- Celebrate your personal growth and the growth of other leaders
Who should apply?
DPS Management is open to supervisors, managers, directors, deans and assistant principals who have at least 1 direct report. Candidates must be employed by DPS a minimum of six months. Assistant principals must have been at their current school for the entire 2018-19 school year. Interested parties should submit a completed application with a manager’s letter of support.
Supports Your Goals
Participation in this program provides the tools and knowledge to help you achieve the following goals:
LIFT and LEAD Goals:
- Personal & Values
- Vision & Strategy
- Operational & Organizational
- People & Culture
- Community & Equity
What people are saying about DPS Management
“I have been with DPS five years and during this time, have had difficulty connecting with the big ‘machine’ that is Denver Public Schools. After my experience with DPS Management, I’m now more connected to the people of DPS. DPS is now MY district, and I feel honored to be part of such a diverse community of highly skilled, unique individuals united by our commitment to the DPS vision: ‘Every child succeeds!’ DPSM has given me essential leadership skills and information, knowledge of DPS resources I never knew existed, and, most importantly, relationships with amazing colleagues from across the district. Since completing DPS Management, I am more equipped, more inspired, and more certain that I have an important role to play in DPS. Thank you for investing in the people of DPS.”
-Head Start Family Service Supervisor
“Loved it all- the material, activities, the connections with other DPS departments and leaders, the reverse mentoring- everything!”
“I applaud Denver Public Schools on many fronts, but just having completed the DPSM program, it’s at the top of my list! I want to thank
seniorleadership for recognizing the value this type of program brings to staff. The tools given to all of us will benefit the district on many fronts: Building high performanceteams, continuous improvement, self-analysis and involvement with students are among the top benefits this program provides. Not only did we receive awesome training, but many relationships have been developed that will remain with all of us for years to come. As this was a pilot program, I want to encourage the district to continue the momentum it has started.
I hope the program continues; I have 22 candidates from varying levels of supervision and management who would benefit by participating. My sincere thanks to the district for this investment in our people.”
-Manager of Facility Maintenance
“I have enjoyed this program more than any other I have ever taken. It truly was the best ever.”
“As a new DPS team member, I can honestly say that this program increased my desire to remain committed to this school district. As a young
professionalI have found myself always looking for the “next opportunity.” DPSM was that opportunity. With this program, I was able to continue to learn, grow and succeed in my profession. This program is by far the best opportunity afforded me here and I strongly recommend it to any supervisor who is looking to not only become a better manager but also fully understand what it means to be a leader. Thanks again for the opportunity. I am fortunate to be part of an organization that invests in its employees.”
-Extended Learning Supervisor
“I want to thank you so much for the opportunity to participate in the awesome DPSM program as part of the inaugural cohort! You've done such great work in bringing together pertinent topics, excellent guests, and actionable next steps! I've learned so much and feel that what I've learned will take my leadership skills to the next level.”
- Education Manager
"I was honored to be a part of the first attendees of this training. The materials were well thought out and gave me a number of new tools to utilize as I strive to help my teams be their best. It was wonderful to get to know so many assistant principals and managers, and I loved the time we spent mentoring the amazing students!
I am enjoying referencing the simulation results as well as my DISC; they will be great references as I work to grow my own skills."
-Manager of Business Analysis