DSST Named a Top Workplace

Dear Team,

This weekend the Denver Post named DSST Public Schools among the top 20 places to work of all large Colorado companies and organizations. We are both excited and humbled by this honor. We strive for excellence in everything we do at DSST, which this distinction celebrates. Most importantly, this award represents the extraordinary people who work at DSST and our collective commitment to value, support and challenge each other to be our best. It is an honor to work side by side with each of you every day on behalf of our mission to end educational inequity.  

The Top Workplace list is an independent measure, based solely on employee feedback collected by a third-party research firm. The survey was designed to gauge your satisfaction - something that is very important to me. Making DSST an exceptional place to work has been a focus of our team and this distinction helps us to see that we are headed in the right direction. Our students deserve our best, and I believe we can only be our best selves when we feel valued for our work. 

While this award recognizes progress, we still have a lot of work to do in this area. In January, our Board approved a strategic plan which places people development at its core. In particular, we will continue to focus on building the capacity of leaders to create great teams and provide clear pathways for increased fulfillment and development for all of you. We will also work to create a more inclusive and equitable organization for our team. These areas of emphasis reflect that DSST is simply about developing people - our staff, our students and our families.

This award very simply speaks to the incredible people who comprise our organization. Thank you for your extraordinary work and feedback - this award wouldn't be possible without each and every one of you. As a heartfelt 'thank you' for being what makes this organization great, please look for a celebratory treat this Friday at your campus. I remain honored to work with and alongside you.

With gratitude,

Bill Kurtz