Leadership update

Jesús Rodríguez, Ed.D, has been appointed deputy chief academic officer of Content in Teaching and Learning. He has served in a variety of capacities in Colorado from classroom teacher and campus principal to regional assistant instructional superintendent in Denver Public Schools and executive director of the BUENO Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

In his most recent role as executive director of the BUENO Center—an internationally recognized organization that supports and advocates for culturally and linguistically diverse learners, families, and educators—he established collaborative relationships with districts, departments, boards of education, local communities and other higher education institutions to promote language equity and inclusion across the state. Additionally, he established the center’s first scholarship endowment in its 45-year history.

In his work with Denver Public Schools, he was most recently a regional assistant instructional superintendent in the Schools Division in a network of 25 elementary, middle, and high schools in northwest Denver. In his role as a regional assistant instructional superintendent, while supervising principals, he led with a focus on increased academic achievement and positive inclusive school cultures. Rodríguez began his career in DPS as a fourth- and fifth-grade bilingual teacher and later served as a successful turnaround school principal, earning a center of excellence award from the Colorado Department of Education.

Rodríguez has a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education and Spanish from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master of Arts in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver.

He and his wife Elle are looking forward to exploring Dallas with their son Cosme and his best friend, their family dog, Cain.

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