Strategic Plan Staff Launch

Strategic Plan Staff Launch Event
Posted on 09/27/2019
Strategic Plan Staff Launch Event
09.20.2019


DENVER -- The day broke bright and early while thousands of DCSD employees flooded into the Pepsi Center at the heart of Denver. From neighborhood schools to charter schools, to classified staff and administrators, every facet of the school district was represented. For the first time in over a decade, DCSD was under one roof.

“Today is a celebration that we as a district and a community have come together,” says Andy Abner, principal of Rock Canyon High School. “We have voiced what we want in our school district. Today’s a celebration of those voices.”

Conversations about the strategic plan began in early 2019, when DCSD gathered feedback from approximately 300 community members and 500 staff members during open input sessions. The feedback was used to craft an online survey that dug deeper into that community and staff insight. Over 30,000 teachers, leaders, staff, community members, and students completed the survey. Their responses helped outline the priorities in the strategic plan that launched this past Fall.

Throughout the process, one message rose above the rest: student success must be defined by more than academic skills.

Abner claims, “It is imperative that our students find personal growth and fulfillment in a safe and supportive environment that also develops those soft skills [that ensure social, emotional, and physical wellbeing].”

Most importantly, the Staff Launch was about more than a plan for the district.

Rock Ridge Elementary“It’s all about the kids,” says the principal of Mammoth Heights Elementary, Nick Holtvluwer. “I’m extremely proud to be a part of this strong Douglas County community.”

In a speech that had the crowd cheering and on their feet, Kendall Meibos, an eighth-grader from Rocky Heights Middle School, reminded everyone in attendance the importance of their daily work.

“You are here to help students like me reach my potential and have a positive impact on society. Students like me need staff like you, you know us kids, you know when something is off and we need an advocate.”

“It feels as if a new day has dawned,” remarked Colleen Meyer, a sixth grade teacher at Saddle Ranch Elementary. “It dawns with excitement, hope, clarity, resources, innovative thinking, and thoughtful leadership.”

Learn more about the Growing Together Strategic Plan by visiting www.dcsdk12.org/strategic-plan.
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