Manager Monthly
October 2018
Support the We are DPS Campaign, Resources and Tools Available
Next week, DPS is starting a districtwide unifying campaign called We are DPS. This campaign, which will run districtwide Oct. 22-Dec. 7, aims to ease the transition between superintendents and help all team members feel valued, unified, confident and excited for the future. It’s a reminder that DPS is built on a strong foundation of values and, together, we can reach our vision. Here are a few ways to support and help ensure this is meaningful to all team members:  

  • Display collateral: A series of posters will be displayed around Emily Griffith Campus. Teams that work at other locations will be sent a set via school mail. Please display these in areas visible to your staff.

  • Encourage participation: A special edition newsletter will be sent each week to all employees with opportunities for team members to share their DPS stories. Watch for these callouts and encourage team members to share their voices.

  • Ease the transition: Review this document for ideas about how you can lead by example and support a smooth transition during this time of change.

Thank you for your help as we support all members of Team DPS. If you have questions, email Our_DPSvalues@dpsk12.org .
Growth, Performance and Training
Approve LIFT Goals by Oct. 31
Make sure to approve your team's LIFT goals in Infor HR by Oct. 31.

LIFT-eligible employees should have three to five SMART goals in Infor HR. Core Competencies Evaluation (CCE)-eligible employees may set goals outside of Infor HR. New team members should have approved goals in their first 60 days.

Setting goals helps employees have a clear focus, make effective use of time and provides clarity in prioritizing tasks. Goals are also a key component in an employee's year-end performance rating. Support your team members with goal-setting with these resources:


For more information and resources, visit the Growth and Performance page on The Commons.
Register Your Department for Trauma Informed Practices Training
Interested in adopting trauma-informed practices to support student success? Register your department for a training to learn more about what trauma is, how it can impact students and adults, and how to implement environmental or systemic changes.

The trauma-informed practices team provides training, coaching and support to all DPS educators in order to contribute to positive, protective factors that help students build healthy relationships and feel safe to learn and grow.

Email tip_training@dpsk12.org to schedule a training or to learn more about trauma-informed practices.
Register Your Team for an Upcoming Equity-Based Program
Strengthen your team's commitment to our Shared Core Value of Equity and build your skill set by attending these upcoming programs focused on inclusion:

  • ED Talk: Supporting our LGBTQ+ Community, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 12. Join DPS team members and the Denver community for a free interactive workshop on how we can support our LGBTQ+ community. Presented by non-profit organization Youth Seen. Click here to register.

  • Equity Boot Camp: Relational Leadership, Nov. 13 or 14. This Equity Boot Camp session focuses on how to transform leadership for the modern day, build inclusive cultures and create more equitable outcomes for students. Click here to register.

Questions? Email DPSEquity@dpsk12.org.
Encourage Participation in Oct. 24 Creating Connections
This year's first Creating Connections is Oct. 24. This DPS values-based leadership program serves as the foundation for all of Team DPS and gives team members the tools to apply our shared vision and values into their own roles. Encourage your team to participate by registering or referring individuals. 

  • Register for Creating Connections. Sign in using your DPS username and password.


Updates & FYI
Personal Information Verification Request Coming Nov. 1
On Nov. 1, Human Resources will send each DPS employee an email that contains the demographic information that DPS has on file for them, including address, email, phone number, emergency contact, race and ethnicity, as well as information on whether they have elected electronic delivery of their W2 and 1095-C tax forms.

Please inform your team that this email is a legitimate request from HR and not SPAM or a phishing attempt. Encourage your team to review their personal demographic information and make updates, if needed. The email will provide instructions on how to make updates.

Having up-to-date information on file allows DPS to communicate with all team members and to generate reports required by Federal Law.
Talent Acquisition
Manage Candidates in Infor HR
Tracking candidates in Infor HR helps hiring managers keep track of the steps of the hiring process, including identifying and following up with top candidates. It also helps ensure DPS is collecting data on how well we are doing on our Denver Plan 2020 goal to hire candidates of color. 

Part of the tracking process includes “dispositioning” candidates when they are not a good fit for an open position. Candidates have provided feedback and said they often don't know whether they're being considered for a position, which can be frustrating for them and discourage them from applying to other open positions in DPS. While they may not be a good fit for an open position on your team, they might work well in another position. 

Check out these resources on tracking and dispositioning candidates in Infor HR:


Questions? Email Krystina_Brickley@dpsk12.org.
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