Category: News

Board Votes to Uphold School Performance Compact Recommendations, With Amendment for Gilpin

After extensive public comment at the December 15th public meeting, the Board of Education voted to restart two schools and close another based on criteria it established in the School Performance Compact policy. The board adopted the policy last year and is implementing it for the first time this year. The policy sets transparent criteria for determining when to restart

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Discussion of DPS Innovation Zones

At the December 12 work session the board heard a presentation on the benefits and challenges of expanding the use of innovation zones as part of the DPS portfolio of schools. DPS staff proposed inviting innovation zone applications through a process similar to the Call for New Quality Schools. More details about the different proposed

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Charter Renewal Recommendations

DPS staff recommended the following charter schools for renewal at the December 12 work session, subject to board approval on Thursday. Far Northeast/Near Northeast: Academy 360 KIPP Montbello College Prep Middle School Monarch Montessori Denver Language School DSST Cole Middle School Downtown Denver Expeditionary School Wyatt Academy Northwest/Southwest: Academy of Urban Learning Cesar Chavez Academy

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2017-18 School Calendar Proposed

At the work session on December 12, the board reviewed the proposed 2017-18 academic calendar. Proposed changes, subject to board vote on Thursday, include: Introduction of “teal” days — a combination of the already flexible blue/green days, these district-run, professional learning days are proposed for Aug. 15, Oct. 27 and Feb. 2. Last day of school

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DSST, Inspire Placements Recommended

DPS staff recommended to the board that DSST: Conservatory Green High School, which will open next fall with students in grade 9, share space at the Samsonite Campus with High Tech Early College for the 2017-18 school year. There is not enough space on that campus to allow the two schools to share space long-term,

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School Performance Compact Recommendations and Role of Community Voice in New Schools Discussed

SPC Staff Recommendations — Board to Vote Thursday This fall, the School Performance Compact is being used to make recommendations about schools based on three measures: Step 1: School Performance Framework ratings over multiple years. Step 2: Student academic growth in the most recent year. Step 3: Results of a School Quality Review to check overall instructional quality

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Supporting Students’ Social and Emotional Learning

The Board of Education engaged in a discussion about the district’s focus on the Whole Child and how that body of work supports students’ social and emotional learning at the December 1 Focus on Achievement session. Board Member Happy Haynes said, “Everywhere we go we hear resounding support for our focus and work on the Whole

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Board Hears Early Literacy Plan Updates

Because research shows that students who are proficient in reading by third grade are four times more likely to graduate, DPS is working to ensure 80% of our students meet this critical benchmark. At the Focus on Achievement session December 1, Board of Education members received an update on the district’s  Early Literacy plan. “We are working to ensure our kids

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