DCTA News

  • 22 Feb Jessica Donovan-Massey, East High School

    “My joy is working with young people.” Jessica Donovan-Massey, East High School   If you can’t get excited about learning in Jessica Donovan-Massey’s class, it’s not for her lack of trying. Walking down the hallway toward Donovan-Massey’s East High School classroom, you can feel the......

  • 12 Feb What is a Distinguished School?

    DPS believes a school should earn “Distinguished” status based solely on test scores. DCTA advocates for a more holistic approach.   Continuing its efforts to negotiate a Compensation Agreement that provides predictability, stability and growth potential, the DCTA Bargaining Team again hammered away at the......

  • 03 Feb CEA endorses Cary Kennedy for Colorado Governor in 2018

    CEA President Kerrie Dallman with gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy   The Colorado Education Association announced, Jan. 31, it will endorse gubernatorial candidate Cary Kennedy to lead Colorado in 2018.   “Cary Kennedy is a champion for Colorado’s kids and educators, and has been throughout her......

  • 02 Feb Distinguished Schools: Spread the rewards, spread the success

    Photo above: Bargaining teams from DCTA and DPS negotiate for a new compensation agreement as the meeting is broadcast via Facebook   DCTA argues that test scores are not the only measurement of success at latest Compensation Bargaining Session   Negotiation teams for both DCTA......

  • 18 Jan Suzanne Hernandez, Westerly Creek Elementary

    “I know how important my job is.” Suzanne Hernandez, Westerly Creek Elementary   The best part of being a teacher, according to Westerly Creek Elementary first grade teacher Suzanne Hernandez, is when you know you are making a difference in a student’s life. Unfortunately, the......

  • 10 Jan Wednesday, February 7, 2018: DCTA Lobby Day

    Education & Politics   DCTA Lobby Day will be Wednesday, February 7. If you are passionate about educating Colorado legislators regarding students and teachers’ needs, join us as we talk with them in person. These one on one conversations will help shape policy discussions around......

  • 20 Dec ProComp Agreement Extended!

    Thank you to all who showed support for the continuation of negotiations around a new compensation system! We are happy to report that your support worked! We signed a new, short extension of the current ProComp Agreement through March 14, and both parties have agreed......

  • 19 Dec District’s ProComp Plan: Three More Years of a Broken System

    DCTA balks as DPS sabotages ProComp Bargaining progress   Despite citing the progress made to date in ProComp negotiations, DPS refused to consider a brief two-month extension of the current agreement in order to finalize a new ProComp agreement – and instead insisted on a......

  • 14 Dec Update: Ballot mandates focus of recent ProComp Bargaining

      ProComp Bargaining convened again on Thursday as the DCTA and DPS Bargaining Teams gathered to continue discussing the identified issues both sides agreed were key to creating and implementing a new compensation system for DCTA bargaining unit members. Thursday’s session focused on the creation......

  • 07 Dec Thursday, January 18, 2018: Mindfulness Workshop

    Mindfulness Workshop Thursday, January 18 4:15 pm – 5:45 pm Lincoln Elementary 710 S Pennsylvania St   Learn the value of Mindfulness not only as a powerful self-care practice, but as a tool to engage your environment in the present moment and to live authentically.......

  • 05 Dec Update: Salary schedule, legislative mandates top concerns at ProComp Bargaining

      The DCTA and DPS Bargaining Teams re-grouped last Thursday night to begin the arduous process of determining key issues surrounding the creation of a new ProComp agreement – and identifying commonalities among those issues in an effort to engage Interest-based Bargaining (IBB) where appropriate.......

  • 01 Dec Self-Care is Student Care

    Be a better teacher by learning how to de-stress and stay focused   The graph above says it all: How many educators can say they’ve experienced these phases year after year. But it’s not just first-year teachers that struggle with mid-year disillusionment. Thankfully, there is......

  • 27 Nov Update: ProComp Bargaining Commences With Facilitator

    Photo above: The DCTA and DPS Bargaining Teams in the first ProComp Bargaining Session   Your DCTA Bargaining Team and representatives from DPS met just before the Thanksgiving break for the first bargaining session to negotiate terms for a new Professional Compensation System for Teachers......

  • 08 Nov Congrats to Dr. Carrie Olson and Jennifer Bacon on their successful campaigns for School Board!

    Congratulations to Dr. Carrie A. Olson and Jennifer Bacon for their successful campaigns to bring an educator’s mindset and community support to the Denver School Board. Way to go, Carrie and Jennifer!...

  • 03 Nov Thursday, November 16: First ProComp Bargaining Session

    First ProComp Bargaining Session Thursday, November 16, 5:00 pm Acoma Campus 1617 S Acoma St   With so many teachers now in ProComp, and so many different incentives to be earned, the result has been the creation of an unstable system that is spending more......