Growth Through Connections

Growth Through Connections

Denver Public Schools has launched a multi-year strategy to support building Culturally Responsive Teaching practices across the district. The goal of this initiative is to close the opportunity gap for our students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.

  • The CRE team and the Professional Learning team offer a fellowship focused on a cohort learning experience studying and practicing Culturally Responsive Teaching. Participants will learn from peers and facilitators in a coached, job embedded professional learning experience. The Theory of Action for the GTC educators is that if teachers engage in a cohort experience of study and practice around GTC and CRT Mindsets and practices, their classrooms and their teaching practice will transform and will impact student success.
  • Outcomes/Experiences
    • Participate in a hybrid book study of Dr. Christopher Emdin’s Book  For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood
    • Build skill and instructional effectiveness in culturally responsive teaching practices through reflection, coaching, and shared learning
    • Reflect on own identity and how identity impacts work as an educator; build cultural competence
    • Receive coaching around culturally responsive practices and share practices with cohort
    • Build community with educators across the district focused on CRE and best first instruction
    • Build a community of education leaders committed to equitable instruction and outcomes for all students, especially students of color and other marginalized populations
    • Use PDSA cycles to protype of identified culturally responsive teaching practices, analyze and adapt in an effort to create the DPS framework for culturally responsive teaching
    • Engagement  in day-long learning labs to see examples of excellent classrooms and learn practices
  • Participants commit to:
    • Two to seven hours per month during the school year for virtual and in-person sessions for an approximate total of 46 out-of-school hours.
    • 6 In-person Sessions: September, October (2), January, February, March
    • 3 Virtual Webinars/Online Community Sessions: November, January, April
    • 2 Coaching sessions
  • Please email jamie_bassett@dpsk12.org for more information or questions.