We are excited to welcome Allen Smith - a Denver native, DPS graduate (go, Patriots!) and former DPS principal (Barrett, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College) - back to Team DPS!
Allen will rejoin DPS on Aug. 22 in the new role of Associate Chief of our Culture, Equity and Leadership Team (CELT). DPS is adding this position to elevate and expand our equity, culture and leadership work as we continue our efforts to make our district a more diverse and inclusive organization.
In this role, Allen will be responsible for the district's work addressing issues raised by our team members in the recent report prepared by Dr. Sharon Bailey. The report shared the experiences of African-American educators in our district.
"I'm glad to be back home and glad to be working with people I know in a district I really care about," Allen said. "I have a lot of roots in the district and I look forward to great things this school year."
Allen's last assignment in DPS was serving for three years as executive director of the Denver Summit Schools Network in Far Northeast Denver. He then joined Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina as a community superintendent, before heading to California to serve as Deputy Superintendent/Chief of Schools to Oakland Superintendent Antwan Wilson, also a former DPS principal and district leader.
In DPS, while leading several turnaround schools, Allen became known for developing leaders - all of his assistant principals are now either principals or instructional leaders.
"We're thrilled that Allen is rejoining us in DPS," Superintendent Tom Boasberg said. "We look forward to his leadership in continuing and expanding our diversity efforts, and in offering critical supports and mentoring for our next generation of leaders."