and have that dialogue. I do recognize that we have not been as successful with this as we need to be.
CMF: A common concern from the community is the lack of multi-cultural curriculum used in DPS, where more than half of the students are Latino. There has been an established multicultural curriculum called La Alma de la Raza, which had a short life in DPS and then faded out. Is DPS aware of La Alma de la Raza curriculum and will DPS implement this into the schools?
Boasberg: We are aware of it and I think it is in some of our schools. I can get back to you on exactly which schools are using this program.
CMF: A continuing concern of Latino parents and students at DPS is that there is little if any reference to Latino history and historical figures. Students have been quoted stating that their disengagement with school has a large part to do with the fact that they donâ€™t relate culturally to what is being taught because they are not being taught about their history or ancestors.
Boasberg: From the top we have the President of the School Board, Theresa PeÃ±a, who these issues deeply resonate with her and her family and have worked on these issues for several decades. So, I think that from the top we have very strong leadership and attention to the issues. We also have as the head of Curriculum Instruction in our Division of Teaching and Learning, Donna Cordova â€“ someone who grew up here, went to school here, taught here; these issues resonate very, very deeply with her.
It is important to understand that some of our key decision makers who work here are Latino,
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