The Denver Plan

The Denver Plan & Diversity in DPS

DPS has created an Office of Equity and Inclusion which will, in collaboration with the Culture, Equity & Leadership Team, focus on the retention and recruitment of great and diverse people. Concurrently, this office will work with district offices and schools in deepening our conversations about our culture; including diversity, equity, and inclusion, and continue to create innovative strategies to address these critical success factors.

From The Denver Plan

“This is an absolutely critical time for our schools and our city. The 2005 Denver Plan started to change the conversation in our community about our schools, and it has been the blueprint for the progress we’ve seen over the past four years.

Despite our progress, however, we must face the sobering fact that we are failing the civil rights challenge of our generation: to ensure that all of our students, regardless of ethnicity or income status, graduate from our high schools prepared for college or career. Now is time to accelerate our reforms, to sharpen the focus on student achievement, and to get all of our children—in every neighborhood of Denver—on track to walk across the commencement stage armed with everything they need to forge a great future for themselves. The momentum is there, and we need to capitalize on it now.

As President Obama has stressed:

From the moment students enter a school, the most important factor in their success is not the color of their skin or the income of their parents, it’s the person standing at the front of the classroom.

The Denver Plan also recognizes the three critical strategies we must pursue to enable our teachers’ work in the classroom: retaining, rewarding, and recruiting great people; strong family and community engagement; and strategic management of financial resources.

Those strategies—important as they are—will not fully succeed if we do not continue to deepen our conversations around fundamentally changing the culture and structure of public education. We need that dialogue to center on high expectations, excellent customer service, and systems of empowerment and responsibility.

We must acknowledge that our culture historically has not been one consistently defined by high expectations, service, empowerment, and responsibility…

We need to create a system and a culture that places our students’ interests unequivocally first, that presumes the best of our professionals, that empowers them, and that focuses above all else on our student performance.”