DPS Values

On Aug. 2nd, 2012, a group of 1,000 employees from across the district—teachers, school leaders, bus drivers, paraprofessionals, social workers, facility managers, finance team members, family liaisons, district leaders—came together to celebrate our work, to share our personal connections to the mission that binds us, and to collectively choose the shared core values that are the foundation for everything we do together in educating our kids.

The day was titled “Our DPS: Discover a World of Opportunity Together,” and it was part of the work that has been building over the course of the past couple of years. We know that in order to achieve our mission of ensuring that every child in DPS succeeds, we need to bring everyone together as part of a stronger, more cohesive DPS culture. Throughout the day, the group of DPS employees spent time reflecting on the strengths and weaknesses of the DPS culture, a process which affirmed the importance of shared values in our work.  

On that day, our Shared Core Values were selected:  Students First, Integrity, Equity, Collaboration, Accountability, and Fun.

In few words, here are what the values mean to DPS:

Students First:  We put our kids’ needs at the forefront of everything we do.

Integrity:  We tell the truth, and we keep our promises.

Equity:  We celebrate our diversity and will provide the necessary resources and supports to eliminate barriers to success and foster a more equitable future for all our kids. 

Collaboration:  Together as a team, we think, we work, and we create in order to reach our goals.     

Accountability:  We take responsibility for our individual and collective commitments; we grow from success; we learn from failure.  

Fun:  We celebrate the joy in our work and foster in our students a joy and passion for learning to last their whole lives.

Defining our shared values and, more importantly, living our shared values in everything we do as a team – working with our students and our community, recognizing, hiring, decision-making – will help ensure that we do our best work on behalf of all of our kids.

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