Author: Erin Kobler

From Chalkbeat: “Air conditioning, school nurses: How Denver could spend extra money from ballot measures if voters agree” Chalkbeat Colorado recently ran an article summarizing the Community Planning and Advisory Committee's bond and mill recommendations to the Board of Directors. Learn more details by reading the full article: "Air conditioning, school nurses: How Denver could spend extra money from ballot measures if voters agree" Inspire Elementary students sign their names on a column Read More »
CPAC Member Profile: Jessica Amedeo-Johnson, Teacher This is the third in a series of profiles of Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC) members. Comprised of parents, teachers, students and community members, the CPAC has been meeting throughout the spring and recently completed their final set of recommendations for the 2020 bond and mill levy packages that will go to the DPS Read More »
Funding for Schools During a Pandemic Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, bond and mill levy funds and programs continue to provide essential support.   The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes and adjustments to bond and mill levy-related work in DPS. The challenging circumstances presented by stay-at-home orders and the cancellation of the remaining school year have meant adapting to virtual meetings, Read More »
CPAC Member Profile: Mark Marshall, Parent This is the second in a series of profiles of Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC) members. Comprised of parents, teachers, students and community members, the CPAC is continuing to meet virtually throughout the spring in order to develop a set of recommendations for the 2020 bond and mill levy packages that will go to Read More »
CPAC Member Profile: Denton Wilkinson, Student This is the first in a series of profiles of Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC) members. Comprised of parents, teachers, students and community members, the CPAC is working to develop a set of recommendations for the 2020 bond and mill levy packages that will go to the DPS Board of Education for approval in Read More »
Changes to Physical Space Lead to Transformation in Student Behavior Clouds, swings and staff training are part of a greater effort to meet student needs at Downtown Denver Expeditionary School   A “Cloud Room” may not be the first thing that comes to mind when imagining the interior of an elementary school, but nestled among traditional classrooms and hallways at Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) is Read More »
Hands-on Education at Hamilton How a new STEM lab is transforming learning for students 3D printing. Video production. Circuits and robotics programming. These are just a few of the available options in the STEM lab that opened at Hamilton Middle School in January 2020. The lab is one of 17 DPS classrooms that have recently been transformed into engaging Read More »
Who is CPAC and What Do They Do? Committee kicks off the new year with a close look at a potential 2020 bond measure and mill levy override   In January 2020, a group of 75 parents, students, teachers, and community members will gather for the first time as the newly-formed 2020 Community Planning and Advisory Committee (CPAC). This diverse group of DPS Read More »
Small Changes, New Technology Make a Big Difference for School Safety Thanks to Denver voters, DPS buildings are safer than they’ve ever been. A 2016 bond measure provided funding for the district to add extra layers of safety in every single school, a priority voiced by students, families and staff.  More than 8,500 doors in DPS have recently received new locks. A simple lock may seem Read More »
Mill Levy Supported Programs: Impact and Updates Some of the most innovative DPS programs in recent years were supported or made possible by the $56.6 million mill levy override approved by Denver voters in November 2016. CareerConnect, for example, provides DPS students with early exposure to thousands of career options, and the Paraprofessional-to-Teacher training program helps current DPS paras attain their teaching Read More »