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PHNEE Mission and Vision
Since PHNEE began in the summer of 2017, we have gained a deeper understanding of the equity issues facing our schools. We know that there is no silver bullet when it comes to increasing equity. But we are even more convinced than ever that it is our community that must be engaged in leading the way toward change. Only when all of the diverse voices in our neighborhood are at the decision making table will we be able to move together toward a higher quality, more equitable school system.

With these thoughts in mind, the Steering Committee developed the following statement of our vision, mission, and focus areas to guide our work in the coming years. Let us know what you think of this and feel free to share it with others who wonder what PHNEE is all about!


PHNEE is a group of engaged parents and community members working to ensure that all students attending our neighborhood’s elementary schools get a quality education. We partner with Park Hill Collective Impact, whose mission is to ensure that every single young person in Park Hill is provided the support needed to thrive academically, socially, emotionally, and economically from birth through age 25.


Our unified, engaged, and inclusive community is empowered to drive positive change in Park Hill’s elementary schools to ensure all of our children have access to an equitable education and opportunities to thrive.


Inspired by Park Hill’s legacy of social justice activism, we commit to engage our community in leading the way towards improved equity in our neighborhood elementary schools through awareness building, shared resources, and policy changes.

Our focus areas are:

  • Awareness Building. This focus area will raise awareness in the Park Hill neighborhood and within Denver Public Schools about issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in Park Hill’s elementary schools.

  • Policy Changes. This focus area will develop understanding of the impact of district policies on equity in our schools and propose possible solutions to existing inequities.

  • Shared Resources. This focus area will identify the resources available (district funding, volunteer support, outside fundraising, special services, etc.) within each school and develop an approach to distributing these resources more equitably across the schools.

We want you to get involved.  If any of these focus areas interests you, please email us.  We'd love to have you join us.

Please join us at the Park Hill Library on Wednesday, Nov 14th from 6:30pm - 8pm for a discussion about what makes a "good" school? We'll talk about the SPF and what it does and DOESN'T tell you about a school. We'll also think about other information that exists, and what information would be helpful to have that might be harder to find.

This conversation is part of our series alternating between Park Hill and Pauline Robinson Libraries.  The next conversation will be Dec 8th, 10am - 11:30am, at the Pauline Robinson Library.
PHNEE Co-Chair, Andrew Lefkowits, started a podcast with an organization based in LA called  It features conversations with parents, authors, teachers, public figures about race, parenting, segregation, and inequities in our schools.  Subscribe on iTunes, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

We Still Have Copies of the Book
If you didn't get a chance to purchase a copy of Raising White Kids - we still have copies for sale. They are $20, and a portion of the proceeds will go to our neighborhood elementary schools.  Just shoot us an email and we can drop one off to you, or meet up somewhere to deliver.  
What we're reading:
  • An article from the LA Times featuring sociologist Margaret Hagerman wrote a great book about the racial contexts white families create for the kids, and what those kids learn from them.  Check out Ep 3 of The Integrated Schools Podcast for an interview with Dr. Hagerman.
  • A great interview with Nikole Hannah-Jones on the current state of segregation in our schools, and the outcomes associated with that segregation.  
  • An article from The Atlantic on the risks of teaching kids that society is fair and that we live in a meritocracy.
  • A great podcast from NYC high-school students on inequities they see in their schools. 
  • An article from the Washington Post from back in June about South High school.
  • An article from Chalkbeat about an attempt by NYC schools to address PTA funding inequities.
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