Teacher Coaching & Observations:
- Adults may enter classrooms for the purpose of conducting teacher coaching and LEAP or SSP observations
- All LEAP COVID resources and appendices have been updated to reflect this change
- Classroom observation and coaching can take place in-person (or remotely) with no time restrictions
What is LEAP?
School Year 20-21 UPDATE
For this year only, DPS and DCTA have agreed to the following adjustments:
- 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 our growth and performance system for teachers. LEAP is a multiple measures system that is aligned to academic standards and affords teachers the opportunity to reflect on practice and to make shifts in instruction and support based on a variety of data, including observations, professionalism, student voice, and student growth. This is a holistic approach that looks at multiple factors contributing to a teacher’s effectiveness, not just at one dimension of teaching.
Rooted in the shared core value of “Students First,” the LEAP system provides a framework for recognizing that, as professionals, teachers require (and deserve) clear standards of performance, honest assessments of their strengths and areas for growth, helpful feedback, and support for further development. LEAP is designed to make teacher evaluation more meaningful and enable teachers to continue to develop as professionals and improve student performance.
Ultimately, LEAP is one part of the whole system that ensures students are thriving, not by accident but by design.
How was LEAP designed?
Please click here to learn more about the development of LEAP.
Special Guidance for 20-21