Community Engagement

Final Phase of Engagement

There will be one more phase of community engagement during which students, families, educators and community members will have the opportunity to hear from Susana Cordova, finalist for the position of superintendent, about her vision and priorities. This will be a necessary component of the board’s decision-making process and will inform their final decision on Dec. 17. This will take place between Wednesday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 14.

We are working to finalize the schedule and will update this page regularly.

  • 5-6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at North High School—student leaders will interview the superintendent candidate
  • 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 5 at North High School—parent volunteers from DPS’ Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative and District Accountability Committee will then meet with the finalist. The meeting will be livestreamed on DPS TV.
  • 5:30-7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at George Washington High School—the community is invited to meet the superintendent candidate.
  • 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 11—virtual meeting with superintendent candidate for school leaders.
  • 7-8:30 a.m. Dec. 12—virtual meeting with superintendent candidate for school leaders.
  • 4:15-5:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at C.E.C. Early College (cafeteria)—all DPS staff are invited to meet the superintendent candidate.
  • 5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 13 at C.E.C. Early College (cafeteria)—teachers, paras and SSPs are invited to meet the superintendent candidate.

Community Engagement Report

In its search for a new district superintendent, the DPS Board of Education conducted an intensive community visioning and engagement process. This was the first of the three-stage process, which is slated to end on Dec. 10 when an appointment is made. The engagement stage, conducted from early September until mid-October, engaged more than 2,000 people in large- and small-group meetings and netted nearly 3,000 responses to an online survey. Dimension Strategies was hired as an external facilitator for the meetings and to produce the online survey. They also led the data collection and analysis process for both of these endeavors. Dimension Strategies produced a report that is the product of their analysis. In it, you will find the community’s hopes and dreams for our next district leader, common themes from both the survey and the meetings and desired qualifications. If you have questions or comments regarding this report, please email

Read the full report here.

Community meetings

Below are dates for community engagement meetings. The input gathered during these meetings will be used to inform the interview process of the candidates for district superintendent.

    • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4 at Abraham Lincoln High School, 2285 S. Federal Blvd.
    • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 5 at John F. Kennedy High School, 2855 S. Lamar St.
    • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 at Denver School of the Arts, 7111 Montview Blvd.
    • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12 at George Washington High School, 655 S. Monaco Pkwy.
    • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at Thomas Jefferson High School, 3950 S. Holly St.
    • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18 at the Evie Dennis Campus, 4800 Telluride St.
    • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Montbello Recreation Center multipurpose room, 15555 E. 53rd Ave.
    • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25 at the Hiawatha Davis Recreation Center community room, 3334 Holly St.
    • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26 at South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana St.
    • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27 at West Campus (Library), 951 Elati St, Denver, CO 80204
    • 11:00 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29 at North Campus, 2960 Speer Blvd.

The Board of Education is committed to finding the most qualified candidate who can continue the progress made toward our strategic plan, the Denver Plan 2020. To this end, the Board is seeking to gather input from the community on each person’s hopes and dreams for the future of the district and the qualities and characteristics that are most important in the next superintendent. We are seeking this input in multiple ways: traditional public comment style meetings, large community meetings that are organized in “house style” (see below for more information), small group meetings with organizations and organized groups, a community survey open to all stakeholders, and a email address at which board members can receive input from any stakeholder at any time.

The format for the large community engagement meetings is “house style,” a type of small group discussion that was used by the United Farm Workers of America and that is still used by community organizers today in effort to lift up more of our community’s diverse voices, including those who are not as comfortable speaking in front of large audiences. The board believes that small groups enable us to hear from more people during a shorter period of time at meetings that often have dozens and even hundreds of attendees. They allow us to engage people in their native languages, which is especially important in a district where more than 36% of our 90,000+ families speak a language other than English.

Public comment

To manage the Board’s and the public’s time in the most effective manner and to include as many community voices as possible, there is a three-minute time limit for individual speakers. If four or more individuals sign up as a group on the same topic they are allotted 10 minutes to arrange their time in any respectful way the collective individuals decide. It is best to plan your presentation in advance, have copies of any written materials to distribute to the Board, and make your presentation as clear and concise as possible.

Individuals may sign up only once (as speaker or group member) to address the Board and no substitutions are allowed. The Board asks that remarks address new thoughts or concepts. Remember, it is not the number of people who address the Board that leads to better decision-making, rather the content of your presentation.

Since the Board is the policy-making body of the school district, it is most appropriate to address the direction of policy with the Board. Individual concerns are best resolved closest to the situation. Parents are encouraged to contact their local school or central department to handle a specific problem.

Emily Griffith Campus, 1860 Lincoln, Denver, CO 80203. All purpose room on the first floor. Participants must sign up in advance for public comment.

Public Comment sign up is available online at 10:00 a.m. the Friday prior to the regular Thursday meeting and until 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting. The form is available on the agenda for public comment on BoardDocs. Sign up is also available by calling 720-423-3210 for those without access to the internet.

Public comment sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • August 23
  • September 6
  • September 20
  • November 8
  • November 15

Stakeholder list

During the search process for the new district superintendent, the district has engaged with a wide variety of stakeholders to solicit their input. Below you can find a list of these people and groups. If you would like to request a small-group meeting with representatives of the Board, please email and include “MEETING REQUEST” in the subject line.

Project VOYCE
Denver Public Schools Foundation current and past board members
Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center
Association of Building, Grounds & Warehouse
George Washington High School faculty
Denver Public Schools family liaisons
Constituents and families in school board District 3
Colorado House District 6 Picnic
Carson Elementary School faculty
Janus Henderson Foundation
Denver Public Schools safety and security command staff
Denver Public Schools food and nutrition services staff
KIPP charter school board of directors
NAACP Denver
District Accountability Committee
Denver Public Schools transportation staff
Denver Classroom Teachers Association
La Raza
Equity Roundtable
Together Colorado
City of Denver leadership
Padres & Jovenes Unidos board and members
Manual Council
Greater Metro Denver Ministerial Alliance
Asian Education Advisory Council
Denver Public Schools Student Board of Education
A Plus Colorado board of directors
Colorado Latino Forum board of directors
Colorado Youth for a Change
Denver Public Schools principals from EED Network 1
West Denver Asian Community meeting
Colorado Black Round Table
Shorter AME Church
Denver Public Schools staff (at the Emily Griffith Campus)
Colorado Children’s Campaign
Downtown Denver Inc. board of directors
New Hope Baptist Church
Su Teatro Cultural & Performing Arts Center
Rocky Mountain Public Child Care Center
Park Hill Collective Impact
Climb Higher Colorado
STRIVE Prep charter school community
Denver Public Schools facilities staff
DPS counselors
DaVita Education Foundation
Focus Points
Students with Disabilities forum
Education Compact Denver
Denver Kids Inc
Denison Elementary faculty
Munroe Elementary faculty
Barnum Montessori faculty
Traylor Elementary faculty
Johnson Elementary faculty
Goldrick Elementary faculty
Schmitt Elementary faculty
College View Elementary faculty
Gust Elementary faculty
Newlon Elementary faculty
Valverde Elementary faculty
Castro Elementary faculty

The following groups have either meeting dates set in the future weeks or we are working with them to set a date:

DK Foundation
DPS Belong Group
FACE University
Strengthening Neighborhoods Initiative Phase I Committee
Amalgamated Transit Union
Communications Workers of America
Denver Association of Educational Office Professionals
Facility Managers Association
Colorado Federation of School Safety Professionals
Vocational Teachers Federation
Mile High United Way
Calvary Baptist Church
The Interfaith Alliance
United Church of Montbello
True Light Baptist Church
Cure d’Ars Catholic Church
Friendship Baptist Church of Christ Jesus
King Baptist Church
Macedonia Baptist Church
STAND for Children
East High School PTSA
Rocky Mountain Public Child Care Center
Denver Mile High Rotary
Park Hill Collective Impact
West High School Alumni Association
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Education Committee
Universal Meeting of Nursing Services

Community Resources

Click here to download a list of frequently asked questions about the search for a new district superintendent.

Click here to download a one-pager with information about the search for a new district superintendent.