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ABOUT US

A+ Denver is an independent, nonprofit organization working to bring! the power of Denvers citizens to bear on school reform. ! Our mission is to harness the p o w e r of civic leadership to build public will and advocate for the changes "A+ Denver has necessary to dramatically increase played a unique role student achievement in public in improving the performance of DPS education in Denver.

A+ DENVER

A+ focuses on the intersection of district...A+ has moved policy, practice, and politics Denver schools forward." Federico Pea, building support for changes that former Denver put the interests of students over Mayor those of adults. We exist because, despite recent and laudable gains in Denver Public Schools, we still have a long way to go before the zip code a child is born in no longer dictates his or her destiny. We advocate for more and better options for families, to hold schools to high standards, to push for effective district management, and to raise awareness about issues that matter most for our kids. Today in Denver, the average ACT score for a lowincome student is 16, while that of a non-low income student is 21. Nine out of 10 kids at the 10 worst performing schools are low-income. Based on five year trends, 100% of all low-income kids wont be proficient until 2054, and over half of African American boys fail to graduate high school on time. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that every child in Denver has access to an excellent public education.

students and the school

777 GRANT STREET, STE. 302 DENVER, CO 80203

TEL: 303.736.2549

WWW.APLUSDENVER.ORG TWITTER: @APLUSDENVER

Our principles reflect the characteristics of a high-functioning school district where students have the opportunity to succeed: Transparency! High expectations ! ! ! ! Accountability Awareness & engagement Choice & equitable access Adequate resources Data-driven best practices Student-centered decisions

MEMBERS
The success of A+ Denver depends on members and friends. Members are nominated and invited to join the organization by our Board of Directors.! We seek members that are proven leaders in the community who will work with us to advocate on behalf of Denvers students. Many of our members started out as friends. A+ friends receive newsletters and invitations to events.! Please email admin@aplusdenver.org to join our mailing list or to learn more about becoming involved. We hope you will join us today!

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mary Gittings Cronin A+ Board Chair Former Executive Director, The Piton Foundation Yee-Ann Cho Vice President Initiatives, Colorado Legacy Foundation Jesus Salazar Consultant, Credera Anna Alejo Director of Corporate Communications, Western Union Company Steve Dayney Managing Director CEO, REpower USA Corp. Jill Barkin Managing Director, America Succeeds Charles Ward Vice President of Public A+ Denver Affairs, has been an Denver Metro Chamber invaluable partner and of Commerce needed challenger to Dr. David Scanavino Denver Public Schools. Executive Vice Mary Seawell, President, Former DPS School MMM HealthCare Board President Denise Maes Public Policy Director, ACLU

SUPPORTERS
AmeriCorps-VISTA, The Anschutz Family Foundation, The Carson Foundation, CEE-Trust, The CNDC, The Donnell-Kay Foundation, The Denver Foundation, The Gates Family Foundation, The Piton Foundation, and The Walton Family Foundation

777 GRANT STREET, STE. 302 DENVER, CO 80203

TEL: 303.736.2549

WWW.APLUSDENVER.ORG TWITTER: @APLUSDENVER