• The Time To Set LIFT Goals Has Arrived!

    Hopefully, you were able to attend our DPS Day to ground ourselves in our Shared Core Values, priorities and commitments and to learn more about how we will align and focus our efforts around our cornerstones - Equity, Instructional Excellence and Collaborative Teamwork - as well as our crisis priorities.

    The LIFT framework provides an opportunity to ensure our most important work moves forward, and to provide valuable growth and development feedback for team members.  To that end, we will align our LIFT goals with our cornerstones and develop goals that are impactful on the work that we need to do to strive to be a more equitable district. 

    What’s next?

    1. Work with your manager to identify your Most Important Goals that align with your team’s goals, our DPS cornerstones or enabling conditions.

    2. Set 2-4 goals, at least one Equity Goal is required. Use this guidance to set your equity goal grounded in building asset based, culturally responsive mindset in order to ensure education equity by design for culturally and linguistically diverse students.  Note, the system will allow you to have more than four goals should you and your manager deem it necessary.

    • Each team member will participate in the Equity Experience, either year one or year two.
    • Year two (cohort one) participants will be expected to participate in a team equity project.
    • Additionally, each division will tailor strategies and metrics for their teams based on their respective areas of work. 

    3. Information regarding the Equity Experience and Team Equity Project will be shared in the fall.  Be on the lookout for communication from our Culture, Equity & Leadership Team!

    4. All goals must be entered and finalized in Infor by October 23.  



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Leadership Investment Framework for Talent (LIFT)

  • DPS has established a strong commitment to finding, growing and keeping great leaders across the organization who are committed to helping us achieve our vision that every single one of our students thrives - not by accident, but by design. The Leadership Investment Framework for Talent (LIFT) is a tool that supports team members in their own development.  In LIFT, all team members are leaders, even when not leading people. The framework provides a shared vision and language for leadership across DPS, clarifies expectations and helps team members achieve goals through accountability, and fosters ongoing performance discussions to highlight successes and define growth opportunities. 

    The LIFT framework consists of two main areas (goals and competencies) in which team members are evaluated on each performance year. Each area is weighted equally with goals at 50% and competencies at 50%.  


    Goals are aligned to district and team priorities, provide a road map for the work we are engaged in and set deadlines and milestones for completion.

    Each goal is assigned a weight (to help prioritize work and efforts) and is rated

    The outcome of those ratings determines 50% of the overall appraisal rating. 


    Competencies are the knowledge, skills and abilities, and other requirements that are needed to perform our roles successfully and how we go about doing it. 

    The Framework includes five broad Competency Groups of leadership focus:               

    • Personal and Values Leadership
    • Vision and Strategy Leadership
    • Operational and Organizational Leadership 
    • People and Culture Leadership
    • Community and Equity Leadership          


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    The competency groups are weighted equally and team members are rated on each competency group.  The ratings received for each competency group are averaged and worth 50% of the overall appraisal rating.

    What is your LIFT Level of Leadership?

    Click on the modules below to help you identify your LIFT level.

    Managing Performance with LIFT

    Leader of Self        Leader of Others        Leader of Programs       Leader of Teams

    Leader of Leaders       Leader of Functions        Leader of the Organization



Are you new to your role or to LIFT?

  • Information sessions are held monthly for new hires or those new to LIFT. To register for an information session, login to the Learning Space and register for an upcoming session.

    New employees and those new to their role should set goals within their first 60 days. Make sure to talk to your Manager about your goals during your next one-on-one.  

    If you are new to your role and have a year-end appraisal to complete, reflect on your progress to date and what you want to focus on moving forward. Although you are new, the appraisal process is a great time to check-in and level set on your performance.