Supporting School Communities

``In these times, we recognize that our mission is more critical than ever because we believe that education can help us bridge our differences and can help bring us together around respect and understanding rather than fear.``

--Denver Public Schools Board of Education, November 17, 2016

Denver Public Schools (DPS) deeply values ALL of our families and community members.  Our core value of integrity is stated to ensure “We tell the truth, and we keep our promises.”  In an effort to tell the truth and keep our promises for ALL of our families and communities, we are committed to ensuring all of our schools are safe places where diverse ideas and opinions are respected and considered.  DPS’ Supporting School Communities initiative is an effort to ensure our families are educated in the relevant resources, engaged in dialogue about their futures and empowered to act.  These resources are for educators, family members, and community members alike. 

Resources for Staff, Students, Families and Community Members

Bullying, Harassment or Discrimination

Any bullying, harassment or discrimination of a student or any persons on DPS property should be reported to the school or through the Family and Community Helpline: 720-423-3054.

Learn more about bullying, harassment and discrimination policies & procedures.

National Association of School Psychologists

Guidance for reinforcing safe, supportive and positive school environments for all students.

Teaching Tolerance

How will you discuss the election in your classroom? This blog post provides useful classroom suggestions.

ADL – Anti-Defamation League

A variety of training programs for pre-K through 12th grade school communities – educators, administrators, youth and families – which focus on the development of an inclusive culture and respectful school climate by addressing issues of bias and bullying.

Kids’ Compassion Project

Advice that anyone, regardless of political view, can use to engage in conversations with children about the presidential campaign. Kids’ Compassion Project is a Denver non-profit striving to make the world a better place by building compassion in children.

Generation Citizen Beyond the Ballot

This 2-lesson curriculum aims to reinvigorate civic attitudes and motivation in students. By drawing students’ attention to their local governments, systems and services, students will gain appreciation for the potential power of their actions at a local level.

Everyday Democracy

Dialogue-to-change programs provide a process to help build the trusting relationships necessary for long-term change. Everyday Democracy uses a proven teachnique called “study circles” designed to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together so they can develop trust, understand each other’s experiences, and find ways to work together.

Conversation Café

Conversation Cafés are open, hosted conversations in cafés as well as conferences and classrooms—anywhere people gather to make sense of our world. At a Conversation Café there is nothing to join, no homework, no agenda, just a simple process that helps to shift us from small talk to BIG talk, conversations that matter.

SPLC Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Find useful resources and advice from a well respected, established, national organization.

Generation Citizen: Beyond the Ballot

Generation Citizen is a nonprofit organization that works to ensure that every student in the United States receives an action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to participate in our democracy as active citizens.

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

All people in the United States, regardless of immigration status, have certain rights and protections under the U.S. Constitution. The Red Cards were created to help people assert their rights and defend themselves against constitutional violations.


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