Monday, November 24, 2008

Not a charter...

Just to clear up any confusion, the Math and Science Leadership Academy is a traditional Denver Public School. We wanted to work within our system to create change and innovation. Some of the reports have portrayed us as a charter, but we are not. We will be a traditional public school working within the system- unionized, and led by teachers, and working in true collaboration.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Today, our Ethnic Minority Advisory Council held a training session to examine issues around cultural diversity and supporting ethnic minority students in the district. There are so few teachers of color in our district, especially in comparison to the student population.

We are fortunate to have support systems within DCTA that allow for our teachers to recognize and celebrate our diverse educator and student population. We have been providing cultural competence training for 2 years now, and will continue to provide additional trainings for educators. Ann Franco is teaching a PDU this spring called CARE; Culture, Abilities, Resilience, Effort, and we hope that teachers will take advantage of this oppportunity. I want to recognize 4 DCTA members that were selected to serve as leaders of NEA National Cadres: Ann Franco- Minority Leadership Cadre, Rudy Bustos and Hetty Pazos- Diversity Cadres, and Lloyd Bourdon- Safety, Bias and GLBT Issues Cadre.

Thanks to all of our members that attended today's training!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

9 News Story on DCTA School!

Watch the story here!


No... not Blackjack. My brother is scheduled to come home early from Iraq- in 21 days.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Math and Science Leadership Academy

Channel 9 Story

I am so excited that the DPS staff has recommended our school for approval by the Board of Ed. next week. Our team of teachers has worked hard for the last 9 months to develop a school that reflects the needs of our students today, and in the future. I cannot say enough about Lori Nazaremo as a teacher leader, and the rest of our teachers that contributed and helped to design the model.

Our school will be teacher-led, and focus on math and science with a technology infusion housed at Rishel. We will operate in collaboration with parents and students- allowing all members of our school community to serve as leaders.

We wanted to develop a traditional public school that accepts ALL students, and gives them the tools that they will need to succeed in a 21st century global economy.

DCTA is willing and anxious to take on the challenge of putting our beliefs into practice for kids. We hope that the business community and foundations will embrace us, and be willing to work together so that our students can succeed.

p.s. Thanks to CEA, NEA, and our TURN colleagues for their support, and guidance!