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Welcome to the Southwest Denver Education Coalition!

 The Southwest Denver Education Coalition (SWDEC) is an organization dedicated to advocating for improved education for all students, insuring adequate resources for all SW DPS schools, enhancing family and community involvement, and improving the public awareness of the success and challenges of SW DPS schools and communities. We are parents, teachers, administrators, and community members and believe that by working together, educating our communities on the challenges we face and offering forums for community input we can positively impact our schools and our communities. Everyone is welcome to be a part of this diverse group: parents, teachers, students, home owner associations, local businesses, individual schools, churches, and anyone who cares about education in Southwest Denver.

Make a difference, join the coalition today!

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At-Large Denver Board Of Education Candidate Forum
September 21, 2011 7PM
Traylor Academy

Sponsored by Bear Valley Improvement Association (BVIA)
and Southwest Denver Education Association (SWDEC)


You are invited to the School Board Candidate Forum. We are excited to sponsor this event as an educational opportunity for students, staff, parents and community members. 
This year's election is very important for our children's education.  Please join the BVIA and SWDEC for a district-wide, at-large school board candidate forum on Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 7 pm, at Traylor Academy, 2900 South Ivan Way, Denver, CO  80227.  You will have a chance to ask your questions.  The larger the turnout the better for your SW DPS schools.  See you there!
School Board Elections affect your school’s & DPS’ future. 
Come learn about the candidates who will shape your child’s education if they are elected.
What does school reform look like? 
How should charter schools, innovation schools and co-location of schools be decided and implemented?
What changes to academics would they like to see?
How will they involve YOU and your concerns in school reform?
What do they see as the most important aspects of school funding?
Do they like DPS’ current plan or do they see a different future?
How will they support Special Needs, English Language Acquisition, Gifted and Talented, International Baccalaureate (IB), Montessori, Arts?
Questions from the audience will be included in the forum.
You can submit questions in advance by emailing to
Board of Education, At-Large Election
November 1, 2011
This forum is co-sponsored by the Bear Valley Improvement Association (BVIA) and the Southwest Denver Education Coalition (SWDEC)



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Check out the wonderful SW DPS Schools

Denison Montessori Elementary

Grant Ranch K-8 School

Gust Elementary School

Henry World School Grades 6-8

Kaiser Elementary School

John F. Kennedy High School/World School

Kunsmiller Creative Arts Academy

Sabin World Elementary

Traylor Academy





Congratulations Kennedy High School Boettcher Scholars Alyssa Kaspersen and Richard Maez

Celebrate the good things in life! Way to go Kennedy students Alyssa Kaspersen and Richard Maez for receiveing the prestigious Boettcher Scholarship.  Alyssa and Richard have been DPS students since the ECE and were one of the first groups of students to go through the International Baccaulareate Middle Years Program at  Henry World School and Kennedy High School.    Richard is completing the IB Diploma Program and Alyssa is finishing the AP path for college.  These outstanding students clearly demonstrate the Boettcher requirements of  
  • Superior Scholastic Ability
  • Evidence of Leadership & Involvement
  • Service to Community and School
  • Outstanding Character
The Boettcher Scholarship  covers the cost of tuition fees and books as well as a stipend for living expenses.  For the full story of the four DPS students who were offerred the Boettcher Scholars click here.
Also, congratulations to the entire Kennedy High School, Henry World School, Sabin World School and Traylor Academy communities for educating and nuturing these wonderful kiddos into their adulthood. The


Southwest Denver Education Coalition

We are excited to announce our first newsletter,  Get the community's take on the Southwest Denver Schools.  Join the  Southwest Denver Education Coalition Facebook group to view the newsletter. 


Our Mission

  The mission of the Southwest Denver Education Coalition is to advocate for our schools by building community-based schools, school-based communities and an educational network within Southwest Denver where neighborhood families are confident and proud to send their students.


The Southwest Denver Education Coalition has its roots in the highly successful Henry Middle School Revitalization Effort. The parents, staff, and community came together to design an innovating and invigorating program for Henry MS. As a result of their success, it became evident that this is only the beginning. There is much more work to be done and the Southwest Denver Education Coalition is dedicated to continuing this tradition.

  Celebration of Excellence Awards 

 The Southwest Denver Education Coalition (SWDEC) hosted our fourth annual Celebration of Excellence Awards on January 26, 2011 to recognize the staff, volunteers, and students of southwest Denver Public Schools who exemplify excellence. There are many spectacular things happening in our southwest Denver Public Schools that are not frequently recognized – students are engaged and working hard, staff members are dedicated and innovative, and volunteers are enthusiastic and committed to their schools.



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