Superintendent Susana Cordova: Vision and Focus
What does it take to ensure that every child thrives in our city? How do we ensure that all the children of Denver have access to great schools in their neighborhood? Why are there such large gaps in academic outcomes for different groups of our children in Denver? As Superintendent Susana Cordova shared, these are questions she heard repeatedly as she engaged with our DPS community in the superintendent search process – and these questions set the foundation of what she hopes to answer as DPS’ superintendent.
“My vision is that every single one of our students thrives — not by accident, but by design. Our students graduate ready for college and career because our schools are joyful places that create excellence for all, especially for our students of color. Our children experience both meaningful rigor and support from teachers, support providers and leaders. Students, families and staff work together to build vibrant school cultures designed to ensure our community thrives.”
– Superintendent Susana Cordova
Areas of Focus
In order to fulfill the tremendous promise our children bring to our schools each day, Susana and DPS are committing to three key priorities to ensure every classroom across our city is a vibrant center of learning:
- Equity: Our schools are places where every student is affirmed for who they are while being nurtured to excel.
- Instructional Excellence: Our schools are places where every student receives high-quality instruction every day. This means we need to deliver the highest-quality supports to our teachers and leaders as they work day in and day out with our students.
- Collaborative Teamwork: Our schools are the center of our communities, and we must work hand in hand with our educators, families and community members. We must build strong teams to help design solutions for our most persistent problems.
Susana’s Entry Plan
In this entry plan as superintendent, Susana shared her goal of creating a foundation upon which we can build a stronger future – for our community, for our DPS team members and, most importantly, for our students – as well as plans for implementing the key priorities.
Susana encourages continued feedback to expand and update this plan as needed as we all strive, focus on and believe in our shared vision, that Every Child Succeeds. Susana encourages continued feedback to expand and update this plan as needed as we all strive, focus on and believe in our shared vision, that Every Child Succeeds.