Early conversations with Denver Public Schools parents and students participating in a research initiative point to the importance of individualized attention, regular communication, rigorous coursework, and strong mental health support as key elements of a high quality education.
The PEACE Collective (a coalition composed of Transform Education Now, FaithBridge, YAASPA, and various community members) and RootED Denver have teamed up with Drs. Brenda Allen, Sharon Bailey, Antwan Jefferson, Janiece Mackey, Jesús Rodríguez and Maria Salazar to conduct the community research. The research – expected to be finalized and released this summer – seeks to understand how Black, Brown, & Indigenous families and students in DPS conceptualize quality and equity in education.
Individuals in the community who have first-hand experience with DPS are participating in small-group virtual meetings. The overarching questions being asked of the participants are: What is the district doing to help you (or your student) succeed? And what should the district be doing?
Read more from student, Stacy Amidou (pictured), and other community members in Boardhawk’s coverage of the research project here!