March 17, 2023
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DSA Breaks Ground on First of Four New Buildings
Denver School of the Arts (DSA) had a memorable and moving celebration this week at the site of their new academic building. The celebration commemorated the beginning of renovations on this building, which is one of four buildings purchased by DPS for the expansion of DSA. This has been a passion-fueled project led by Executive Principal Dr. Anthony McWright. 

“I’m very excited about this project and the possibility that it brings to any students who have a love of and are passionate about the arts,” said Dr. McWright, who has been advocating, gathering support for and seeking resources for this expansion for several years. His dream has come to fruition.

This expansion is made possible by 2020 bond premium dollars. Thank you Denver voters for your continued support, trust and dedication to students! This expansion will allow more deserving students with an interest in the arts to pursue their passions. 

Watch a video recap of the groundbreaking event and hear from Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero, Board of Education Director Michelle Quattlebaum, and more about what this expansion means for Denver students. 

Special thanks to Trinity Scales, a senior at DSA who performed “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus to conclude the ceremony!
Apply to Join the District Accountability Committee
Do you have an interest in providing advice to DPS on the decisions we make? The District Accountability Committee (DAC) is a committee made up of parents, educators, community members and other volunteers who are interested in education, student success and well-being. The DAC focuses on issues such as accountability, transparency, equity, community involvement and the effective use of district resources to improve student outcomes. 

The DAC Membership Committee is accepting applications now through Friday, April 14 for the 2023-24 committee and is seeking diverse voices from across the district. The committee will review applications, conduct interviews and then present their recommendations to the Board.

The DAC application is available in all of the consent decree languages. To learn more about the DAC and apply, click here or scan the QR code.
EDUCA DPS Podcast: Talent Acquisition
On this week’s episode of the EDUCA Podcast, we talked to Leticia Levi and Lacey Nelson, leaders of Talent Acquisition for DPS. Hear from Leti and Lacey on how their team supports the Strategic Roadmap by recruiting, retaining and growing our people. 

“Our vision is that Every Learner Thrives and we are looking for educators who believe in that vision and our mission to ensure we prepare our students for career, college and life. We create conditions where our students, families and team members belong and thrive.”

Watch the podcast in English and Spanish.
Join the Special Education Job Fair on March 22
Are you or anyone you know interested in a career in Special Education (SpED)? Join us from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 for our Special Education Hiring Event at North High School. District leaders will be on site providing interview opportunities for both SpED paraprofessional and teacher positions. University and Colorado Department of Education partners will be there to discuss alternative licensure and pathways programs for anyone interested. Learn more and register here

As this is an area of need and priority for our district, we're offering incentives: 
Marrero Moment Video: Bromwell Kids
In this week’s episode of the Marrero Moment, Superintendent Dr. Alex Marrero answers questions from third-grade students at Bromwell Elementary. Watch the video to hear their questions and answers!
Women's History Month Video Feature: Adella Arredondo
This week, we’re featuring Adella Arredondo, Executive Director of Family and Community Engagement, in celebration of women's history month. Adella discusses her experiences working for DPS, being a mother and pursuing a doctorate degree.

"To people who say I can't be a good mom, a good employee and a good student, I say: watch me!"

Learn more about Adella and her contributions to DPS in this video.
Women's History Month Interview Spotlight: Robin Myers
Robin Myers has 30+ years of district experience under her belt. She started her career with an education at the Emily Griffith Opportunity School, which is now known as our very own Emily Griffith Technical College! She studied on a grant given to students interested in pursuing career paths in non-traditional fields for women. 

30 years later, Robin leads our Facility Information Systems Team as the Facility Records Manager for our Planning, Design, & Construction Office. 

“Today, drafting is no longer considered a non-traditional field,” says Robin. “I have made a great career with the district doing what we do with my drafting skills and wouldn’t change a thing.” 

Read Robin’s full interview here.
Upcoming Webinar: Tools to Support Youth Navigating Anxiety
Tessa Zimmerman is the Founder and Executive Director of Upstream Education, a nonprofit organization that trains and equips educators with concrete tools to help students reduce their anxiety, strengthen their resilience and increase their well-being. Tessa founded Upstream because she grew up having severe panic attacks in the classroom and experienced the lack of mental health resources in schools. In the past seven years, she has grown Upstream to impact more than 50,000 students in Colorado and nine other states! Watch Tessa's TEDx Talk to learn more. 

During a webinar at noon on Wednesday, April 5, Tessa will share her journey of childhood anxiety and concrete tools you can use with your own children to help them navigate anxiety. Register here.
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