Services for Innovation Schools, IMOs, and iZones
In DPS’ family of schools, there are several different school models available in order to provide options for our students and educators; support services can look different for the different models, based on the flexibilities available to them and the accountability required. Innovation schools, including those organized in Innovative Management Organizations (IMOs) and Innovation Zones (iZones), have some specific support services and accountability requirements for their innovation plans and waivers. In addition, IMOs and iZones have access to a specific funding model to reflect that they don't utilize services provided through regional networks.
For more information on the differences among innovation schools, IMOs and iZones, please expand the sections below.
For more information about supports for innovation schools, including those in IMOs or iZones, please reach out to Lauren Anderson, Manager of Flexibility and School Support.
For more information about accountability for innovation schools, including those in IMOs or iZones, please reach out to Angie McPhaul, Senior Manager of Authorizing.
To become an innovation school, a school must create an innovation plan, which is a strategic plan to help all students succeed that often requests waivers from district policies, state statutes and/or active Collective Bargaining Agreements needed to run their school consistent with their design. This plan must be ratified by the school staff and approved by both the DPS and State Boards of Education. Information about this process can be found on our Innovation Authorization and Oversight page.
Each innovation school has a current innovation plan; they are available for review on PMT's public webpage by clicking on the "Innovation Schools" tab.
Once they have innovation status, all innovation schools must go through a periodic renewal process, which is a time for assessing performance and revisiting the innovation plan in partnership with the school community. For more information about innovation renewal, please visit the Innovation Authorization and Oversight page or contact Angie McPhaul, Senior Manager of Authorizing.
An IMO is a group of schools that share a model and are overseen by an executive principal, with the ability to leverage their resources across school sites.
PMT plays a role in ensuring IMO schools are integrated into district systems. Contact Lauren Anderson for more information or to request assistance.
To review a current list of IMO schools, please visit this page and click on the "IMO" tab.
An iZone is a group of DPS innovation schools that share common interests and seek additional flexibility.
PMT plays a role in ensuring iZone schools are integrated into district systems. Contact Lauren Anderson for more information or to request assistance. Please also view the District iZone Partner List to find district partners specifically assigned to your schooll as well as important general district contacts. If you are interested in forming or joining an iZone, please contact Angie McPhaul.
To review a current list of iZone schools, please visit this page and click on the "iZone" tab.