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.

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