What is LEAP?

  • School Year 20-21 UPDATE

    For this year only, DPS and DCTA have agreed to the following adjustments:

    • The educator evaluation systems are designed to provide support and coaching, which is true whether we are in remote, hybrid, or in-person learning.
    • The Parties agree to amend Article 10-3-2-2 for the 2020-21 school year as follows: Probationary teachers shall receive a minimum of two observations and non-probationary, at-will and annual contract teachers shall receive a minimum of one formal full observation as defined and set forth in the LEAP Fairness Guide. Teachers may request, and leaders may choose, to do additional observations for coaching and evaluation purposes.
    • Appendices that reflect the considerations unique to virtual, hybrid, and in person learning (under COVID restrictions) will be developed by the LEAP team in consultation with the Peer Observer Team and reviewed by the LCC. Similar modifications will be made for the SSP GPS system.
    • REQUIRED: All evaluators, teachers and SSPs will be trained (additionally evaluators calibrated) utilizing the appropriate appendix (virtual, hybrid and in person learning) prior to any evaluation being conducted.
    • The Student Perception Survey will not be included this year.
    • SLOs will not be used for evaluation during the 20-21 school year. Schools will continue to use data teams to assess student progress. 


    What is LEAP?

    LEAP or Leading Effective Academic Practice is the growth and performance system for teachers that helps ensure we have a great teacher in every classroom. It was designed using research that outlines the framework for effective teaching. LEAP uses Multiple Measures of a teacher’s practice to determine performance. Aligned to academic standards, LEAP plays an integral role in moving forward the work of the Denver Plan 2020 and helping us achieving the DPS vision – Every Child Succeeds.

    By making teacher feedback and evaluation more meaningful, LEAP enables teachers to continue to develop as professionals in ways that ultimately improve student performance by:

    • Providing a framework for meaningful feedback conversations to identify both areas of strength and growth
    • Outlining well-designed and implemented coaching cycles, and
    • Developing professional learning aligned to the Framework for Effective Teaching

    How was LEAP designed?

    The design of the LEAP system was heavily influenced by you - our teachers and school leaders here at DPS for the purpose of defining excellent instruction and providing clear expectations for what great teaching looks like. In addition, we worked closely with the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA) to get feedback to inform decisions every step of the way. Continual improvements are made to the system design to ensure a fair and consistent use of the system across the district. We continue to hold focus groups, work with program evaluators and solicit feedback through a variety of methods. If you would like to participate contact us!

    Read Additional Information on the Development of LEAP.