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Metro State and Denver Public Schools kick off “Great Teachers for our City Schools” summit

Posted: April 29, 2008

WHAT/WHY: Teacher shortages. Teacher quality. Increasing diversity. Overcrowding.

To address these and other issues facing urban schools, Metropolitan State College of Denver and Denver Public Schools (DPS) are spearheading a national summit, “Great Teachers for our City Schools.” The three-day summit will address recruiting, preparing and retaining quality urban teachers.

WHERE: Marriott City Center (17th & California)

WHEN: April 30-May 2

WHO: The summit kicks off Wednesday at 6 p.m. with a dinner and plenary session featuring Colorado’s education leaders, including Michael Bennet, DPS superintendent; Stephen Jordan, president of Metro State; and Maria Guajardo of the Denver Mayor’s Office for Education and Children. The session facilitator will be Tim Waters, president and CEO of Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning (McREL). Other speakers and panelists throughout the summit include leading researchers, policy experts, higher education decision makers, school district officials and award-winning classroom teachers.

To view a full schedule for “Great Teachers for our City Schools” summit, please visit or contact Angelia McGowan at 303-556-5133