Ed Talks

In response to the Dr. Bailey report on the factors contributing to the opportunity gap that exists for our African American students and educators, the DPS Board of Education and Superintendent have commissioned an African American Equity Task Force. Along with that, Denver Public Schools and the Culture Equity and Leadership Team (CELT) are launching ED Talks – an Employee Resource Group Speaker Series for the 16-17 school year.

The intent of ED Talks is to promote adult learning, professional development, community engagement and relationship building, as outlined in the Bailey Report. The series promotes an intellectual climate by bringing together educators in the DPS community to discuss issues that affect the field of education, learn from each other and meet others that are committed to education for all students. Each ED Talk will also feature a thought provoking speaker to center our topic for the night.

These talks provide an opportunity to continue on a learning journey beyond the school and classroom. Light refreshments will be provided.

Oct. 17: Conversations on Identity and Belonging

 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., North High School

“Conversations on Identity and Belonging” will bring together individuals from different communities to discuss how we can better raise awareness around the culture and diversity of the Lantix, Chacanx and Hispanic communities and create a culture of belonging for our students, educators and community members.

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Past Talks:

Layla Avila: Leading with our Values to Create Sustainable Change

How and why do we need to elevate the voices and leadership of Black and Latino educators?  Education Leaders of Color was founded by and for Black and Latino education leaders to create a network that supports and elevates  Black/Latino leaders with the end goal of proliferating the field with more diverse, values-aligned leaders. Key among these values is creating sustainable change and working with communities. For change to take root and get to our goal of ensuring our students have better educational experiences, we must develop solutions with those directly affected.

System leaders must draw input from their administrators, administrators from teachers, and teachers from students and parents. But doing so necessitates building a culture of trust which is not always present in our learning communities.  Great leaders build great cultures:  where student, parent and teacher voices, especially those of traditionally underrepresented populations, are valued and heard. 

Layla Avila will talk about the transformation of her own leadership as teacher, school board member, and education leader, how she let go of the fear of hearing from her stakeholders to establish stronger organizational cultures, and how it’s imperative that during this time we build strong cultures where we listen to those most affected by our efforts to improve education.

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Black. A play and discussion about race in our community by Curious Theatre Company.

Join Curious Theatre Company for a short play by a young local writer from our Curious New Voices project followed by a discussion. Set at the funeral of a black child, this startling and original play gets to the heart of the matter on communication between races. Teen audiences have responded with enthusiasm, insight and deep conversation after seeing this piece. The play presents a great jumping in point for a facilitated conversation about our own roles and voices regarding race in our community.

Want to have Curious Theatre Company perform Black. at your school? Contact info@curioustheatre.org

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Support for the Whole Child and Whole Adult
Listen to insights from DPS students and teachers, participate in breakout sessions focused on emotional and physical wellbeing, and learn about local wellness resources for children and adults during our Wellness Fair.


Dr. Sharroky Hollie: Six Ways to Know if You’re Culturally & Linguistically Responsive.

The phrase “culturally and linguistically responsive” has now become cliché, the death knell in education. Cultural responsiveness benefits all students, in particular those students who have been traditionally underserved in the United States’ schools. Given its importance to empower and inspire educators to be responsive and for students to be academically successful, how do you know if you are culturally and linguistically responsive in your mind-set and skill set? Find out through a motivating, inspiring, and thought-provoking keynote address.

View the SlidesSix Ways To Know If You Are Culturally Responsive

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Principal Kafele

Culturally Responsive Education        

Speaker Bio http://www.principalkafele.com/about/biography/


Ash Beckham

Give Voice to Your Truth

Speaker Bio: http://ashbeckham.com/