How did the commission gather community-identified priorities?
In 2017, DPS responded to a growing need to re-engage and build relationships with the Montbello and Green Valley Ranch communities. We began with a series of “Listening and Learning” sessions that brought representatives from DPS teams out into the neighborhoods to meet and interact with families and community members. Superintendent Tom Boasberg and former Denver Board of Education member Rachele Espiritu also participated in these sessions, which were held in Montbello, Parkfield and Green Valley Ranch.
The Public Affairs team continued the listening tour in 2018 by hosting 11 school- and church-based community feedback meetings. During these meetings, parents, community, members, educators and students were split up into groups to go through a series of guided questions and share about their experience with DPS in the region.
Feedback meetings were held at a range of school locations, community centers and churches:
- Academy 360
- McGlone Academy
- STRIVE RISE
- KIPP Northeast Denver Leadership Academy
- Noel Community Arts School
- DSST: Green Valley Ranch
- Vista Academy
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Early College
- Florida Pitt Waller K-8
- Marie L. Greenwood Academy
- Maxwell Elementary
- Omar D. Blair
- Sandra Todd-Williams Academy
Community Centers and Church Locations
- Montbello Organizing Committee
- Ascension Catholic Parish
- True Light Baptist Church
Following these meetings, the commission’s facilitator, Marisol Rodriguez – co-founder of Insignia Partners, compiled the feedback and identified overall themes (academics, athletics, shared campuses and wellness) to help guide the commission’s work.