DPS announces interim superintendent

Annual school performance results released; district receives civics grant

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Dr. Ron Cabrera steps in as interim superintendent

Following Tom Boasberg’s departure as superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS) on Oct. 19, board members announced that Dr. Ron Cabrera would step into the position while the search continues for a permanent replacement.

Boasberg first announced he would be stepping down from the position in July.

Cabrera recently worked as the interim associate chief of academics and innovation for DPS according to a news release announcing him as the interim. Prior to that he served as a teacher, principal, instructional leader and superintendent in Denver and in school districts across the state. He was principal of Boulder High School, director of curriculum and instruction in Commerce City, deputy superintendent in Westminster and superintendent in Loveland, to name a few. He retired as assistant superintendent for instructional leadership and equity for the Boulder Valley School District in June 2017.

When picking an interim superintendent, the school board did not consider people who have applied for the permanent position, the release said. The board expects to name a successor to Boasberg in December.

Learn more about the search for a new superintendent at www.supersearch.dpsk12.org

DPS receives grants for high school civics program

DPS received two grants totaling $1.4 million over the next several years, according to a news release. The Hewlett Foundation will give $1 million over three years and Jobs of the Future will give $400,000 over two years. The grants are also part of a research partnership with the University of Colorado’s Boulder and Denver campuses as well as Rowan University. The money will be used to expand Student Voice and Leadership’s (SVL) action civics and critical civic inquiry work across high schools and will triple programming, the release said.

Performance frameworks results show growth in literacy

The School Performance Framework (SPF) results for schools across DPS were released in October. DPS releases the numbers annually and describes it as a report card for schools - measuring the satisfaction of both students and parents, as well as looking at standardized test scores and how the school serves its students. To learn more about SPF visit http://spf.dpsk12.org/en/

For the second year in a row, data showed district wide growth in literacy rates, according to a news release from DPS. This year, DPS set a higher bar for proficiency in state assessment testing levels.

SPF results showed that 91 percent of its intensive tier schools improved from yellow (approaching expectations) to green (meets expectations). The intensive program at DPS brings more support in to schools that show the most need, giving students more resources and support for achievement goals.

To see ratings for individual schools within the district visit http://spf.dpsk12.org/en/spf-ratings/

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