Transformative Culture

  • The District is building a culture where students, families, community members, and staff feel safe, respected, and connected.

    What progress are we making toward a Transformative Culture?

    The District now has 84 PTAs. Over 3,400 teachers have visited parent homes, and over 6,800 parents have participated in Parent Academy.

    • Unofficial data results show that chronic absenteeism has dropped 6 points district-wide from 70% in 2017-2018 to 64% in 2018-2019.
    • Families are more likely to recommend DPSCD to their friends, students report a more positive learning environment, and teachers’ perception of opportunities for career advancement, professional development, and instructional planning to support students continue to improve. A summary of stakeholder feedback survey results can be found here.

    What are some of our strategies to build a Transformative Culture?

    • DPSCD developed a new Student Code of Conduct to create common expectations for student behavior and guidance for equitable and appropriate interventions.
    • The District has invested in Deans of Culture, attendance agents, and school culture  facilitators at each school to support school climate transformation.
    • The District has launched new structures to partner with our families, including a Parent Academy, expanded PTA programming, and the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project.
    • Teachers received extensive professional development around classroom management and.

    What’s next?

    • DPSCD will implement new School Advisory Councils and strengthen implementation of existing School Advisory Councils.
    • The District will enhance its focus on bullying and school safety with a districtwide campaign and expanded training for school staff.
    • The District continues to improve its customer service orientation through more rigorous implementation of the Customer Service Survey, a Customer Service Champions initiative, and a new customer ticketing system.