This simple two-page handout explains the new school approval process in Denver and highlights the various ways that community members can get involved with the process. The graphic presentation makes it a useful tool, particularly with community members with limited English proficiency (though the document would also be translated and distributed). The second page of the handout is customized to the specific region where a community meeting is being held and provides an overview of the operators who are presenting to the community and seeking consideration for placement within those regions.
Outcomes and Lessons Learned: This handout was developed in response to feedback received from the community that the much longer Call for New Quality Schools document was difficult to understand. In an effort to make sure that community members are informed about the process to open new schools, the handout walks through the application and approval process. Given the challenge of conversations around potential restart operators, this handout can be useful in establishing a baseline understanding about the process before community members are asked to consider specific operators that may match as the restart provider for their existing school.