Advocates Ask, What’s Next for Denver Teachers?
October 17, 2019

“Those that spend their days with students have the largest and most direct impact on their in-school learning. For that reason, we think it is imperative that we have an understanding about what has worked to improve teachers’ effectiveness in serving our students.” —Van Schoales, CEO, A+ Colorado


As part of their Denver’s Next Journey resources, A+ Colorado recently released Investing in Teachers, brief number five in a six-part series. Six months after the Denver teacher strike, the brief explores how Denver Public Schools (DPS) has used various strategies to support teachers, including compensation.

Diving deep into recent investments and supports, the brief analyzes DPS’ large support-related investments in chronological order of their implementation, and explores their impact on both teachers and students. Examples include:

  • Pay and compensation
  • Evaluation
  • Teacher and principal pipelines
  • Professional development
  • Diversity and retention

In addition to the analysis, the brief also includes a list of extended questions about the future of DPS, which could be useful for advocates evaluating the success of their own state or city policies.

Find additional information on Network advocates’ educator policy work via the 2019 Member Advocacy and Policy MAP. Also, be sure to check out the other briefs included in the Denver’s Next Journey series. For those wanting to connect with A+ Colorado, please reach out.



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Chris Nikolic

Chris is PIE Network's Associate, Research and Advancement

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