Bill’s Weekly Reflection: DSST Wins Prestigious Award - I Need Your Advice
This past week, DSST earned an El Pomar Award of Excellence, one of the most prestigious for non-profit organizations in the state of Colorado. ( http://www.elpomar.org/news/118 ) The El Pomar Foundation chooses six non-profits in six different areas each year to win an Award of Excellence. DSST Public Schools won the 2011 Education Award. The award was presented on Monday night at a dinner in Blackhawk. Governor Hickenlooper was present and received a special award, himself. In his speech on education and health care, he pointed to DSST Public Schools as a Colorado model for the nation to learn from. It was a huge shout out!
This award was humbling—and forced me to take a step back to celebrate the big picture. I admit to being somewhat consumed with growth and improvement, always looking for new ways to better serve our students. This can lead to an inability “to stop and smell the roses” and celebrate success. This award is one rose bush we need to stop and smell. The award came with a $25,000 grant to support our work. The award is for excellence and comes with few restrictions on how it can be spent.
For many in Colorado and the nation, DSST is synonymous with excellence thanks to our extraordinary team. As Shaun Bryant, our Director of Technology stated in a home office morning meeting this week, he works at DSST because every single member of the DSST Public Schools team is exceptional. He continued by saying that he had never, in all the high-performing companies he has worked in (Webex, Sun Guard, Mania TV), been a part of team where everyone is exceptional. I could not agree more.
Thank you for volunteering to be on our team and for the great work you do day-in and day-out on behalf of our students and families. Your excellence is being celebrated.
I am committed to using a portion of this award to make DSST a great place to work. I would love your input. Please comment on the blog with your ideas!
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