Danvers Public Schools

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Dr. Lisa Dana
Superintendent
64 Cabot Road
Danvers, MA 01923

978–777–4539
978–777–8931 Fax
dana@danvers.org


Profile:
Student Enrollment: 3400
Staff Employment: 500
Approximate number of teachers hired annually: 15
Approximate number of paraprofessionals hired annually: 20
Not accessible via public transportation


Five schools for grades K-5, one school for grades 6-8 and one school for grades  9-12.  Preschool programs are housed at 2 of the elementary schools.

Contact:
Dr. Lisa Dana
Superintendent


Our priorities include 
  • Create welcoming community for ALL 
  • Provide ongoing professional development on diversity, equity and inclusion for all adults 
  • Recruit and retain a diverse and culturally responsive workforce
  • Conduct ongoing equity audits of policies, procedures and programs
  • Include the history of racial oppression and works by authors of color and works from diverse perspectives in our curriculum
  • Communicate about issues of racism and hate 
So that, our students become productive, responsible , caring citizens of the global community and achieve their definition of success

Q. What is Danvers like to work and/or live in?
The Town of Danvers, incorporated in 1752, is located in southwest Essex County, about 20 miles northeast of Boston.  Danvers is primarily a residential community, occupying a land area of approximately 13.3 square miles, with an approximate population of 27,000.   The bulk of our industrial  and commercial activity is concentrated along Routes 1, 114 and 128 and Interstate 95. Downtown Danvers features a variety of retail and dining options.
Danvers is fortunate to have many open space and recreation opportunities including a vibrant marina, Endicott Park and a 4.3 mile rail trail that links schools, downtown Danvers, parks, residential areas, and trails in the neighboring towns of Peabody, Wenham, and Topsfield.
Our school community is driven by our four core values of caring, quality, commitment and collaboration. We strive to translate these values into our daily activities and actions while we focus on our yearly goals that prioritize student engagement through three pillars- diversity, equity and inclusion/coherent curriculum, instruction and assessment/safe and supportive learning.

Q. What kind of support does Danvers offer new teachers?
The Danvers Public Schools supports our new faculty and staff through a two-year induction program.   The first year of mentoring focuses on working with new teachers to provide support with getting to know district programs, policies, and procedures. The program, Off To A Great Start (OTAGS), is designed specifically to acclimate new teachers to the challenges, successes and nuances of teaching in the Danvers Public Schools.  The OTAGS program meets monthly with new teachers and their mentors participating in a year-long professional learning cohort.  During the second year, new teachers take a course called, Studying Skillful Teaching, taught by a facilitator from Research for Better Teaching (RBT).  Other support structures for new teachers are monthly Early Release professional learning sessions, Math and Literacy coaching as well as support from level-based Curriculum Directors and principals.

Q. What general attributes does Danvers seek in new teachers?
Our vision is for DPS graduates to go on to achieve their definition of success.  We look for new teachers whose teaching aligns with our vision and core values of caring, quality, collaboration and commitment.

Q. How does Danvers demonstrate that it is committed to teacher diversity?
The Danvers Public Schools has committed to recruiting, hiring, growing, and retaining a group of educators and staff who represent the diversity of the students in our district. Diversity, equity and inclusion themes are integrated into all the professional learning work we do as a district.  The Danvers Public Schools Curriculum Center staff is committed to planning and implementing professional learning experiences so that all educators in DPS will strive to become anti-racist educators.

Q. Any tips for teachers who are interested in applying to Danvers?
Apply in SchoolSpring and email the school principal.