EXPANSION: DPS wins excellence award
Denver Public Schools (DPS) has been selected as a district winner of the Colorado Department of Education’s ELPA Excellence Award for the 2017-18 school year. The award is given to school districts with evidence-based English language development (ELD) programs that have demonstrated the highest English language and academic growth among English learners as well as the highest academic achievement for English learners who have transitioned out of program services. This marks the third consecutive year DPS has won the award.
Additionally, six of the 10 schools that received ELPA Excellence Award for Charter Schools were DPS charters. DSST Cole High School, DSST Green Valley Ranch Middle and High Schools, DSST Conservatory Green Middle School, KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy and KIPP Denver Collegiate High School were all honored. Jorge Robles, DPS’ Executive Director of English Language Acquisition, praised the work of educators throughout the district in achieving the prestigious honor. “We won this award thanks to our school leaders, teachers and administrators who all share a deep commitment to creating environments where our English learners can achieve at the highest levels.”
MOVING UP: Hispanic talent at Mile High United Way
Luis Colón, entrepreneur and executive with Puerto Rican background, has joined the Mile High United Way (MHUW) team. Colon is the new Chief Development Officer of this organization. He will guide strategy and implementation for the Resource Development, Marketing, and Events teams. Mile High United Way fights for the education, health, and financial stability for families in Metro Denver.
Colon brings over 20 years of leadership and business development experience in the corporate, government, education, and nonprofit sectors. He has managed his businesses Xcelente Global and Colon Construction Services. He has served as president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Denver Board and participated at the Colorado Commision on Higher Education. Colon is a graduate from the Stephen M. Ross School of the University of Michigan.