February Superintendent Parent Forum Meeting Notes

Please see the notes from the February Superintendent Parent Forum prepared by our parent representative, Bess Maisel.

Denver Plan 2020:

Support for the Whole Child


What is the Whole Child?

We believe our school environments should encourage students to pursue their passions and interests, support their physical health and strengthen the social/emotions skills they need to succeed, including managing emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and making responsible decisions.


This belief is so important, it’s one of the goals in the Denver Plan 2020, our five year strategic plan designed to close academic achievement gaps and prepare all students for success in college and careers


To begin this work, we created a steering team to help define the whole child within the context of DPS schools and to identify the best ways to support our students, ensure best practices and measure out progress.


The Six Components of the Whole Child

  • Engaged

o   Enjoy Learning, express their curiosity and work to achieve their own intellectual and personal goals

o   Build relationships with others while maintaining autonomy

o   Find what motivates them and use it to become more engaged with their education

  • Supported

o   Feel their developmental, emotional and academic needs are met.

o   Engage in mentorship and enrichment opportunities.

o   Experience and benefit from personalized learning, no matter the students’ individual needs

  • Healthy

o   Apply knowledge and skills to make positive decisions regarding physical, emotional, and mental health.

o   Take advantage of opportunities to improve their lifestyles.

o   Have support from peers, teachers, families and others.

  • Challenged

o   Be challenged by their academic coursework and are able to self-direct their learning

o   Grow in skills they need to be successful in education, life and work.

o   Think critically, solve problems, communicate, work in teams and learn how to learn.

  • Safe

o   Feel safe, included and accepted

o   Express emotions, share ideas and to take risks and try new things.

o   Be part of a school environment that is inclusive and has a culture of mutual respect.

  • Socially + Emotionally Intelligent

o   Recognize emotions and adjust their thinking and behavior.

o   Practice and improve in their ability to express themselves.

o   Understand how their actions affect themselves and others.

o   Have an understanding of and can apply the Personal Success Factors:

  • Grit
  • Gratitude
  • Curiosity
  • Zest
  • Optimism
  • Self-Control
  • Social Intelligence

The next meeting will be May 2nd – Closing the Opportunity Gap