Lead Denver Public Schools reformer leaves district for Chicago

Many will not know the name Noemi Donoso.  Donoso led the DPS Office of School Reform and Innovation for just about 10 months, which isn’t a long time, but it appears it was long enough.

On Tuesday, DPS announced that Donoso will become the chief academic officer of Chicago Public Schools.   Donoso is the second member of DPS’ senior staff to leave the district in the past 6 weeks.  Denver Public Schools Chief of Staff, Amy Friedman, recently left the District to become the executive director of a not-for-profit organization in Fort Collins.

As director of OSRI, Donoso had a reputation for being hard charging and passionate about her work, impressing many in the education community with her ideas and ability to get things done.  Unfortunately, not many in the Denver community got to see Donoso in action.

In an email to DPS staff, Superintendent Tom Boasberg said Donoso would begin her job in Chicago in June and that DPS will begin an “intensive” search to find a replacement, a process that is demonstrated by the DPS employee recruitment training video provided below.

Caution: video contains DPS-proprietary and confidential business information

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