Collaborative School Committee

DSA Collaborative School Committee

The purpose of the Collaborative School Committee (CSC) is to enhance student achievement and school climate by engaging the school community in collaborative efforts that support school-wide and district goals. The CSC provides strategic direction in support of the school’s mission and vision as stated in the School Improvement Plan (SIP) designed by the CSC.

21/22 CSC Meeting Dates
September 28, 2021
October 26, 2021
November 30, 2021
January 25, 2022
February 22, 2022
March 29, 2022
April 26, 2022

CSC Bylaws

CSC Bylaws are available for viewing by clicking on this link.

CSC Meeting Schedule

CSC meetings are normally held on the last Tuesday of the month during the school year from 4:30 – 6:00 pm. We will begin the school year with virtual meetings. Everyone is invited and welcome. 

PRELIMINARY CSC AGENDA — 11/30/2021 Meeting

4:30-4:45         Welcome 1. Introductions    
                        2. Progress Updates & Upcoming Business                                                                                        
4:45-5:00          Collaborative School Committee — DPS Rules
                         Q/A session with Principal Anthony McWright
(In preparation for the session, please watch this DPS video and review the CSC-related page on the DPS Website)
5:00-6:00          Revision of the DSA CSC Bylaws
                        1. Purpose and Scope                        2. Meetings
(As we agreed in our September meeting, please review individually the existing by-laws – please use the above link. We shall start with sections 1. and 2. Please, if possible, prepare your suggestions for revision in writing (so that I can later use your input to start drafting a new set of bylaws.)

6:00-6:15           Mrs. Turner’s Proposal for a Book Study Group    
6:15-6:30           Other Matters & Conclusion

Meeting ID: 889 2966 8221
Passcode: 303866

2021-2022 CSC MEMBERS

Parent Representatives are Paloa Cesarini (Chair), Daniel Hettleman (Secretary), Janice Jones Amor, Bonephas Buyungo

Community Representative Deronn Turner

Teacher Representatives are Mitchell Alpaugh, Gary Dunn, Kevin Fox, André Rodriguez

Administrator Dr. Anthony McWright

There are also five Student Representatives

Most Recent Meeting Minutes:

Click below to download a copy of the minutes

These are the most recent Meeting minutes.

CSC Meeting

Denver School of the Arts

September 28, 2021

Attendees (in alphabetical order): Sarah Blake, Paola Casarini (chair), Gary (JR) Dunn, Benjamin Espinosa, Kevin Fox, Dakota Gelman, Daniel Hettleman (secretary), Lynn Kutner, Avi Levin, Andre Rodriguez, Roni Turner, Dr. Anthony McWright

  • Welcome and Introductions                                                                                            
  • CSC BYLAWS — Purpose and Scope of the Collaborative School Committee: 
  • State law requires CSC participation from parents, teachers, administration.  We want to emphasize students.  We want each meeting to start with students’ voice.
  • We want to work on the UIP (see below), especially from a student lens
  • This is an advisory body, not a decision-making body.  CSC is not involved in student discipline, or day-to-day operations of the school.
  • By-laws last revised in 2013.  May need revision.
  • How to post CSC minutes publicly.  We can post minutes on CSC website.
  • We decided by consensus to review the by-laws on our own time in the next 30 days, and send our notes to Dr. Cesarini.  Dr. Cesarini will collate our comments, and the CSC will review them in a time-limited way in the next meeting.
  • Presentation of the draft School Improvement Plan (UIP)
  • Academics have been a strength, but there is need for improvement for students of color.  
  • Foci for this year: (1) Social-emotional, (2) collaboration, and (3) supports in classrooms for students that are struggling academically.
  • Extra emphasis on Black Excellence, and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • What is CSC’s role in relation to the UIP?
    • Providing feedback
    • Dr. McWright: speaking up for the greater good
    • These are public meetings.  The more students attend, the better.
  • Final Considerations and Next Steps
  • We will aim to consider by-laws together in October and the UIP in November
  • We will consider how to increase parent participation

CSC Minutes May 2021
CSC Minutes April 2021
CSC Minutes January 2021
CSC Meeting November 2020
CSC Minutes September 2020

CSC Minutes May 2020
CSC Minutes April 2020
CSC Minutes March 2020
CSC Minutes February 2020
CSC Minutes January 2020
CSC Minutes November 2019
CSC Minutes October 2019
CSC Minutes September 2019

CSC Minutes April 2016
CSC Minutes March 2016
CSC Minutes February 2016
CSC Minutes January 2016

CSC Minutes November 2015
CSC Minutes October 2015

CSC Minutes March 2015
CSC Minutes February 2015

CSC Minutes January 2015
CSC Minutes November 2014
CSC Minutes October 2014
CSC Minutes September 2014

CSC Minutes March 2014
CSC Minutes February 2014
CSC Minutes January 2014
CSC Minutes November 2013
CSC Minutes October 2013
CSC Minutes September 2013

CSC Minutes April 2012
CSC Minutes March 2012
CSC Minutes of January 2012
CSC Minutes November 2011
CSC Minutes October 2011
CSC Minutes September 2011
CSC Minutes August 2011

CSC Minutes May 2011
CSC Minutes April 2011
CSC Minutes March 2011
CSC Minutes February 2011
CSC Minutes November 2010
CSC Minutes October 2010
CSC Minutes September 2010

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