Dear Team DPS,
Chances are, no matter which DPS school you are a part of -- whether as a student, family member, teacher, leader or support staff -- you believe that Denver can be a city where Every Child Succeeds. You believe in the life-changing power of public education. You care about developing lifelong learners who grow up to participate in a world full of opportunity. No matter which school you're a part of, you're a part of the DPS family of schools, and for that, I am very thankful.
Our entire family of schools -- traditional,innovation and charter alike -- shares those beliefs, as well as many other characteristics. For instance, all of our schools:
- Are public schools that enroll students through the same DPS SchoolChoice process.
- Serve all students, including students learning English and students with disabilities.
- Are taxpayer-funded at the local, state and federal levels.
- Are held accountable to the same school performance standards, including the DPS School Performance Framework (SPF) and the Colorado state accountability clock.
- Are accountable to the Denver Board of Education.
While we hold these common beliefs, in DPS we know that there is more than one way for a school to be great. Although our schools share many common foundations, it's essential that we empower each school with flexibility, since they work closest with their students and know what's best for them academically, emotionally and socially. Within the family of schools, we welcome different types of school leadership and governance, curricula, instructional models, school-year calendars, professional learning opportunities and more.
Our shared goal of providing Great Schools in Every Neighborhood guides our district's decisions -- as we saw this week with the Denver Board of Education's charterrenewals and review of new school applications through the Callfor New Quality Schools -- by keeping us focused on shared accountability for student achievement and providing opportunities for continuous improvement.
As in most families, there have been both uplifting and challenging moments within the DPS family of schools. Our schools have different views on many aspects of how to provide a high-quality education to students -- but at the end of the day, that diversity of ideas and approaches is both a strength and an opportunity to put Students First.
I'm grateful for each of you and the diverse ways our family of schools serves all Denver kids. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.
Associate Chief, Portfolio Management