Students showcase our Shared Core Value of Collaboration at Doull Elementary. 
Join Conversations on Identity and Belonging at the Next ED Talk, and Register Now for Creating Connections
DPS offers a variety of values-based leadership opportunities to support all educators in growing as leaders, both professionally and personally, by teaching intentional strategies and creating a strong culture. Join the Culture, Equity and Leadership Team (CELT) for these values-based leadership opportunities:

ED Talk: Conversations on Identity and Belonging: Oct. 17
Discuss strategies on how to support an environment where students feel safe and socially and emotionally supported during the ED Talk: Conversations on Identity and Belonging, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at North High School. Individuals from the Latinx, Chicanx and Hispanix communities will gather to discuss how we can better raise awareness around the diversity of our different communities and create a culture of belonging for our students, educators and community members. RSVP here.

Creating Connections: Oct. 25 and Dec. 8
Add Creating Connections to your to-do list this fall. This program highlights the history of DPS, connects you to our mission, vision and values, and gives you the opportunity to meet others from across the district. For more information and to register, click here

For more information on upcoming values-based leadership opportunities, visit the CELT page on The Commons. 
Top 5 Callout: Why is Your Principal the Best?
October is National Principals Month -- and this is our opportunity to recognize and thank our amazing school leaders. Email and tell us why your principal is the best in the biz. We'll publish the Top 5 in next week's newsletter and one person will win a giveaway prize. 
College Spirit Fridays are Back: Rep Your Alma Mater at Work
Unpack your old college hoodies -- College Spirit Fridays are back! Every Friday in October, sport your college gear at work to celebrate College and Career Readiness Month. Use College Spirit Fridays as an opportunity to talk with our students about the college experience, and share photos of your college gear on social media with #MyCollegeFriday. Follow DPS on Facebook, Instragram and Twitter for College and Career Readiness celebrations throughout the month. 
Living Our DPS Honoree

Valeria Nevarez
Teacher, Barnum Elementary
Students First

"When the Scores soccer program ended last year, Valeria Nevarez of Barnum Elementary knew how devastated the students were. Soccer motivated many students on the field and in the classroom. Ms. Nevarez made a plan to keep after-school programs alive for her students, living the value of Students First. She organized a boys and girls soccer team and arranged with other schools to set up games. 

Ms. Nevarez reached out to get the program started and was able to get other staff members to support her with coaching and make sure students had transportation to other schools to play games. She has even applied for grants to help purchase the equipment students needed. Without Ms. Nevarez and her dedication to the students and soccer, our students would miss the opportunity to participate in extracurricular soccer. With Ms. Nevarez's support of the program, we have full boys and girls teams who are proud to be soccer players."

-- Haleh Torbaghan, Barnum Elementary 

Nominate one of your colleagues who you see living one or more of our Shared Core Values to be featured as a Living Our DPS honoree.
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