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DENVER Aspen Challenge 2015


In its third year, Denver Public Schools is taking full ownership of both the financial and programmatic elements of the Aspen Challenge -- what is now known as Challenge 5280. By aligning Challenge 5280 with the Student Voice and Leadership curriculum, and moving the program to the beginning of the year, we enable school teams to continue their work beyond the initial 7-weeks, and have created a yearlong sustainable opportunity.

DENVER Aspen Challenge 2015


In its third year, Denver Public Schools is taking full ownership of both the financial and programmatic elements of the Aspen Challenge -- what is now known as Challenge 5280. By aligning Challenge 5280 with the Student Voice and Leadership curriculum, and moving the program to the beginning of the year, we enable school teams to continue their work beyond the initial 7-weeks, and have created a yearlong sustainable opportunity.

 

DENVER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In its fourth year, Denver Public Schools (DPS) has taken full ownership of both the financial and programmatic elements of what is now known as Challenge 5280. By aligning Challenge 5280 with the Student Voice and Leadership curriculum, and moving the program to the beginning of the year, DPS enables school teams to continue their work beyond the initial 7-weeks and create a yearlong sustainable opportunity.

Contact: Solicia Lopez, solicia_lopez@dpsk12.org | 720.423.6695

 

 

PARTNERS


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With nearly 54 high schools, Denver Public Schools (DPS) is the second Aspen Challenge district partner and has adopted the name Challenge 5280 as it continues the program. DPS is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Their goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. Under the leadership of superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing large school district in Colorado in terms of enrollment and student academic growth. DPS is committed to establishing Denver as a national leader in student achievement, high school graduation, and college and career readiness.

 

The Student Board of Education serves a unique and important role in Denver Public Schools and is an internal organization that empower high school students to advocate for their peers at the school and district level. It promotes student voice and leadership, builds powerful relationships among students and between students and adults, creates a positive school environment and fosters school and district goals.

 

 

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS 2015


  • GEORGE WASHINGTON
  • JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL
  • KUNSMILLER CREATIVE ARTS ACADEMY
  • MANUAL HIGH SCHOOL
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. EARLY COLLEGE
  • NORTH PREP ACADEMY
  • PUSH ACADEMY
  • SOUTH HIGH
  • STRIVE PREP-EXCEL
  • SUMMIT ACADEMY
  • THOMAS JEFFERSON WEST CAMPUS
  • ABRAHAM LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL / /RESPECT ACADEMY
  • BRUCE RANDOLPH HIGH SCHOOL
  • CEC MIDDLE COLLEGE
  • CONTEMPORARY LEARNING ACADEMY (CLA)
  • DENVER CENTURY FOR 21ST CENTURY LEARNING (DC-21)
  • DENVER SCHOOL FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (DCIS)
  • DENVER SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (DSST) GREEN VALLEY RANCH
  • EAST HIGH
 

CHALLENGES


The best ideas can take decades, even generations to develop. But those ideas will never get anywhere or change anything unless you just go for it. The Aspen Challenge - Denver is about encouraging student leaders at 21 DPS High Schools to pursue those ambitious ideas to solve the most complicated and pressing matters facing our world today: racism, public health, cyber bullying and homelessness, among others. Watch how these amazing students tackled these challenges:

 

PARTNER DENVER CHALLENGES 2015


PARTNER DENVER CHALLENGES 2015


DENVER CHALLENGES 2015


 

Catherine Wigginton Greene

"I challenge you to come up with a platform for connecting with your classmates or peers to identify, research and take action on racial inequity that you see in your school or community."

 

Dallas Davis


"We challenge YOU to be the change agents and innovate an online dialogue for good."

 

Donna Lynne


"I challenge you to improve the culture or design of your school to promote physical activity and healthy living in an environmentally friendly way."

 

Joey Pace & Erin Brown


"I challenge you to create awareness and identify solutions to effectively address individuals with mental health conditions in homeless and correction system populations.”

PARTNER DENVER SPEAKERS & JUDGES


Featured presenters at past  Aspen Challenge Opening Forums in Washington, DC.

PARTNER DENVER SPEAKERS & JUDGES


Featured presenters at past  Aspen Challenge Opening Forums in Washington, DC.

DENVER 2015 SPEAKERS


 
 

DENVER 2015 JUDGES