ETLS September Newsletter

Lisa Lund, Director of ETLS

ETLS Mission Statement

We liberate teaching and learning through culturally responsive and inclusive integration of technology and library resources.

Digital Citizenship Program at Bryant Webster

Brian Dino delivered a Digital Citizenship Lesson along with a little magic to help students understand the importance of their digital footprint, staying safe online, and how to use social media and digital resources responsibly.
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Professional Learning

Our first Culturally Sustaining Library and Tech Meeting will be hosted on Wednesday, September 15 from 3:30 - 4:30 pm. We will chat about your experiences building relationships with students and also debrief the start of the school year at your school sites. Meet link:

SAVE THE DATE: Our next Teal Day will be on September 27 from 8:00 - 9:30 am, followed by sessions hosted by Ed Tech from 9:45 - 11:30 am. Click Here for the Ed Tech PL Cohort Scope and Sequence. This will also be offered in conjunction with a PDU if you are interested; sign-up for this opportunity will occur later in September.

2021-22 Digital Coaches

We are excited to welcome new digital coaches to the ETLS team: Britney Horton, Caitlin Bott, Dante Billls, EJ Rodriguez, Kali Peracchia, Sataira Douglas, Shayla Williams, and Zuri Hunter. To find out which digital coach supports your school, access the full list here.

Celebrating Cultural Moments

Denver Public Schools strives to recognize cultures and identities year-round. With equity as our core identity, we aim to celebrate the significant cultural moments of our students and staff, especially those that have not been historically and consistently recognized.

In preparation for upcoming celebrations in September and October, the Collection Development team has curated these resources of recommended books, events and resources. Please share widely with your schools!

Makerspace Kits at North

North High School teachers used the Makerspace kits to plan an outside-the-box, community-building activity for staff during Teal Week, a maker challenge to create a statue representing North High School. Check out their great work below and find out more about ETLS Makerspace Kits here:

Successful School Year Checklist

Need a one-stop slide deck for library resources, training guides, and To Do lists? Check out the 2021-22 Successful School Year Checklist!

COMING SOON - MyTech Podcast

Stay tuned!

With the expansion of MyTech to all schools in DPS, we want to lift up the exciting work that’s happening in our schools. If you think there’s a great story to tell about how students are using technology in innovative and impactful ways, please contact Steve Holz-Russell, MyTech Program Manager, at And stay tuned for our monthly MyTech podcast, with episode one dropping in late September!

Summer of Sora Prize Packages

This summer DPS Library Services piloted the Summer of Sora reading program to celebrate our DPS readers. We conducted weekly prize drawings, randomly selecting student readers who had checked out an eBook or audiobook via Sora. Weekly prize packages include $20 Tattered Cover gift cards and free books.

We will begin to deliver winners' prize packages the week of September 7th, and continue delivery to all 100 winners during the month of September. The prize packages will be delivered to library staff, so that you can personally congratulate and award your student readers! If a student no longer attends your school, please contact Suzi Tonini at

Westerra's School Grant Program

Westerra strives to enhance students' learning experience. This grant is for $500 and is available to all Denver Public Schools. Please limit one request per school. Application deadline is Friday, October 8th. Visit the Westerra website for more information.

Follett Supply Chain and Shipping Update

Due to supply chain delays, staffing challenges in the Follett service center, and the high influx of orders with schools starting, there are significant delays in shipping Follett orders. (Similar to other supply chains, many of Follett's vendor partners are also experiencing material and sourcing delays, which Follett relies on to fulfill our orders.) We anticipate shipping delays will continue for at least the next several months.

As soon as orders arrive to Acoma, our Library Services team will process and deliver books to your school as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

DPL's New African American History Collection of Primary Source Documents

Denver Public Library is pleased to offer Black Freedom Struggle in the United States, new content featuring select primary source documents related to critical people and events in African American history. The content is available with or without a library card. Their intention is to support a wide range of students in learning more about the foundation of ongoing racial injustice in the U.S. – and the fights against it. See examples for uses in teaching and learning.

By centering on the experiences and perspectives of African Americans, this collection imbues the study of Black history with a deeper understanding of the humanity of people who have pursued the quest for freedom, and the significance of movements like Black Lives Matter. This website contains approximately 1,600 documents focused on six different phases of Black Freedom:

Slavery and the Abolitionist Movement (1790-1860)

The Civil War and the Reconstruction Era (1861-1877)

Jim Crow Era from 1878 to the Great Depression (1878-1932)

The New Deal and World War II (1933-1945)

The Civil Rights and Black Power Movements (1946-1975)

The Contemporary Era (1976-2000)

DPL'S Book Explorers Program

Calling all K-5 teachers! Discover new books for your students with the library's Book Explorers program. It’s like a book club for kids that they can do anytime, anywhere. Book Explorers includes fun enrichment activities you can incorporate into lesson plans or that students can interact with independently. Explore titles like Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton, illustrated by Raul Colón and Melissa's Story (George) by Alex Gino which even includes a video interview with the author!

DPL Youth Services Steering Committee

Denver Public Library’s Youth Services Department is developing a three-year strategic plan for their services and investments, and is inviting staff, youth, and community members to join the Youth Services Roadmap development steering committee. Visit the website for more information; applications due September 22nd.

Lisa Lund, Director of Educational Technology & Library Services