Manager Monthly
November 2019
New Opportunity to Volunteer as Substitute Teacher or Paraprofessional
For many of us in central office, we miss being in our schools or want to spend more time working with our students directly. To help put Students First and increase the support needed in many of our schools, we are introducing the new Substitute Teaching and Paraprofessional volunteer program as part of DPS Cares, in collaboration with our Substitute Program team. This opportunity gives central office team members a direct way to volunteer in our classrooms as substitute teachers or paraprofessionals.

Those who have their substitute license and teaching experience are encouraged to support as a daily sub. And for those who are less comfortable leading a classroom, there are opportunities to support our teachers as a paraprofessional for the day. There will also be opportunities for teams to support together. 

As a manager, please share this opportunity with your team members and work with them to set up a volunteer schedule that works best for your team. More information about this opportunity will be shared will all central office team members soon.

Click here for more information about the substitute and paraprofessional volunteer program, and contact if you have any questions.
Growth, Performance and Training
Host Fall Performance Check-ins with LIFT and CCE-eligible Team Members Now
It’s time for fall progress check-ins, an opportunity for you and your team members to:
  • Review and adjust goals as needed.
  • Address barriers to success.
  • Discuss recent accomplishments.
  • Check-in on professional development plans.

Be sure to host your meeting by the end of the month, and track your check-in and add comments to your team members’ goals in Infor HR. Documenting progress throughout the year makes the year-end appraisal and year-end conversation easier. If you have questions, please reach out to .
Mid-Year Conversations to Take Place in February for LIFT and CCE-eligible Team Members
The timeline for mid-year conversations has changed this year. Please plan to host your mid-year performance conversations with your team members in February 2020 for the 2019-20 performance year. For more important dates and deadlines and their details, check out the LIFT and CCE Calendar of Events .
Trauma-Informed Practices Module 1 Available Online Now
As part of our work to become a trauma-informed school district, we are excited to share the launch of an online version of our Trauma 101 training. Find this module in Schoology under the course name “Introduction to Trauma & Trauma-Informed Practices Training.” Use the access code 3VBC-TXMC-B5T75 to register.

This course is appropriate for all DPS team members who want to promote supportive, resilient and trauma-informed communities. Learning goals include: understanding trauma and its prevalence and effect, learning the components of a trauma-informed organization, and exploring actions you can take to support resilience in your community.

Additionally, the Trauma-informed Practices team is always available for in-person training. Reach out at
Updates and FYI
ICYMI: Take Quick Survey to Support the Transition to Google Suite
DPS is proud to focus on collaboration as one of its cornerstones. With that in mind, we will be moving exclusively to the Google Suite to increase collaboration across teams, schools and the community. Google provides applications equivalent to Microsoft Office in its G Suite (Docs, Sheets, Slides) at no cost to educational institutions, which means more funding for our classrooms. We know this transition may have an impact on your work, and DoTS will provide the best support possible. In order to share how you and your team will be impacted by the change, please take this 1-2 minute survey by Nov. 22 , and encourage your team members to participate as well.
Simplified Requisition Process for Dell Technology Purchases
Ordering computers and accessories from Dell is now easier than ever. Requisitions will now follow the “punch out” process, which has the look and feel of an online shopping experience. Requestors will log in to the requisition center as usual to access the new Dell order page. Complete instructions for this simplified process can be found on Requisition Center/Purchase Order site on The Commons. The process for requesting a quote for Dell products will not change. Contact with questions about placing Dell orders.
Talent Acquisition
Support Diversity Recruiting Efforts
Talent Acquisition is committed to providing a diverse candidate pool. As part of the Denver Plan 2020, DPS implemented goals around this effort -- and we welcome your suggestions of other networking, community or contacts that can support it. 

Some of our ongoing outreach efforts include: posting on diverse job boards; building partnerships with the Asian, Black and Hispanic chambers of commerce and leveraging those partnerships to push DPS jobs out to their communities; attending diversity-specific conferences such as the NABSE Conference and the ALAS Summit; and recruiting candidates of color from across the nation. If you have additional ideas about recruiting diverse candidates or questions about our current efforts, please email .
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