Denver Public Schools (DPS) and the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University (ICG) announce the formation and first meeting of the Northwest Denver Education Collaborative Committee.  The committee is charged with defining the community’s goals and expectations for performance of its schools.

About 70 committee members representing the majority of schools in the Northwest Denver region of the district, teachers, school administrators, principals, students and neighborhood organizations have been invited to attend the first committee meeting from 5:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 7 in Regis University’s Mountain View Room.  The public is also welcome to attend.

The three committee chairs — jointly appointed by ICG Director Paul Alexander and DPS Superintendent Tom Boasberg — are Ramon del Castillo, associate professor and chair of the Chicana/Chicano Studies Department at Metropolitan State College; Suzanne Leff, a DPS Parent Forum member representing Edison and an attorney at Winzenburg, Leff, Purvis and Payne, LLP; and Ana Soler, a parent and youth program director at Civic Canopy.

As the lead convener, the Institute on the Common Good at Regis University serves the community at-large by promoting the common good and providing a safe and effective space for community dialogue, communal discernment and public deliberation.

The ICG received more than 101 applications for participation on the committee, which will examine a variety of challenges facing Northwest Denver and make recommendations to: improve academic performance; establish clear ECE-12 feeder patterns; support and inform the long-term future options at NHS;  address school capacity, facility utilization and continuity of programs; address program offerings at existing schools including high school configuration; consider options for new schools; and review strategies to meet the needs of English language learners and students with special needs.

“It has been important to us, as the lead conveners of this process, that there is balanced and diverse representation on this important community-based committee that is focused on quality education of students in DPS schools,” said Alexander.

“This process will give a voice to our community and help to ensure effective engagement when it comes to strengthening our children’s education and neighborhood schools,” said Boasberg.

For more information about the North West Denver Education Collaborative Committee visit http://nwdenverschools.org.

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