Principal Selection Process

See documents linked to the bottom of this letter

Hello DSA Parents, Students, and Community Members

Based on the most recent weather events, we are adjusting the Principal Selection Timeline, please find the adjusted timeline below:

Week of March 18, 2019
Advisory Committee, Instructional Superintendent, and Operational Superintendent meet to participate in HR training, identify the ideal principal profile, identify candidates to interview, and finalized school-based interview process March 19, 2019 @ 4-7pm

Week of March 25, 2019
Spring Break

Week of April 1, 2019
Principal Candidate Interviews with Advisory Committee and other feedback groups – April 2, 2019 @ 7:30-5:00pm

– Learning Walk with Instructional Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent

– Community Forum – April 4, 2019 @ 6-8pm at DSA

– Interview with DPS Senior Leadership

Week of April 8
Leader Named

We appreciate everyone’s patience and flexibility in the process. We understand how busy this time of year is for students, staff, and community and felt that adjusting our timelines honors everyone’s time and provides ample opportunity for communication and input. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dori or myself.

Thank you

Dr Tony Smith



Dear Denver School of the Arts Students, Families, Staff and Community,

Beginning next week, we will start the initial steps of meeting with the Collaborative School Committee (CSC), creating a School Principal Selection Advisory Committee (SPSAC), and gathering information on what the DSA community is looking for in their next leader.

With any principal selection committee, there are certain steps we must take to ensure that the committee members and the community-at-large are confident and clear with the process. We will begin steps next week to review the principal selection process with the CSC who will be responsible for selecting a School Principal Selection Advisory Committee (SPSAC). The SPSAC will be comprised of five to eight community members (a combination of parents/guardians, students and DSA staff members) who represent the diversity of the DSA community. The SPSAC will work with us to synthesize the community feedback about the essential characteristics of the next DSA leader, interview potential candidates, and identify the top 2-3 candidates to participate in subsequent steps of the process to include a Learning Walk and Community Forum.

DSA highly values the voices of all our stakeholders. To honor this, we would like your input in determining the characteristics you would like see in the principal. You may provide your input at (English) (Spanish), pick up a hard copy of the survey in the DSA main office, or call the Family & Community Helpline at 720- 423-3054. Please submit the survey by Monday, March 11, 2019 @ 8am.

We also are seeking staff, students, parents and community members to serve on the SPSAC and focus groups for the interview process. If you are interested in participating, please submit your application at, pick up an application in the DSA main office, or call the Family & Community Helpline at 720-423-3054. Please note that applications are due by March 4, 2019 @ 8am so the CSC can review and select the SPSAC.

We want our community members to know what to expect as we begin the search for a new school leader. DPS considers selecting a new principal as one of the essential components when building highly effective schools.

Lastly, please see the following timeline of the steps of the process. This is to help you better understand what to expect and what the commitments are should you decide to apply to be a part of this SPSAC.

Thank you for your support as we work together during this transitional period. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions you may have. We can be reached at and

Anthony Smith, Ed.D
Instructional Superintendent
6-12 Network

Dori Claunch
Operational Superintendent
6-12 Network

Powerpoint from February 28th CSC Meeting

Principal Selection Timeline

Principal Selection Committee Membership

DSA CSC Meeting – March 7