When we created the Denver Plan 2020, a consensus around the importance of school leadership was clear – that’s why preparing and supporting school leaders is one of the strategies in the plan.
In order to ensure Great Schools in Every Neighborhood, DPS designed the LEAD growth and performance system to support Instructional Leadership Teams and improve student achievement. This includes the LEAD Framework which defines what excellent school leadership looks like. LEAD also helps school leaders develop their skills by identifying their areas of strength and opportunities for growth. This happens through supervisor and teacher feedback paired with access to personalized professional learning opportunities.
LEAD aligns closely with our teacher-focused growth and performance system LEAP (Leading Effective Academic Practice). Together, the two systems support the growth of all educators in every school.
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LEAD Evaluation Cycle Timeline is Shifting
LEAD is shifting from a calendar-year evaluation cycle to a November-October annual cycle to more closely align to the academic year. The 2020-21 academic year will be the first full year of implementation of the new cycle (Nov. 1, 2020-Oct. 31, 2021).
To support this shift and fulfill our legal obligations, we will implement a LEAD evaluation short cycle to start Feb. 1, 2020, and end Oct. 31, 2020. This timeline will not affect the Feb. 28 deadline to complete end-of-year LEAD evaluations, which are for the 2019 LEAD year that ended Dec. 31.
For more information, read the one-pager LEAD Evaluation Cycle Timeline Shift: What you Need to Know.
LEAD ONLINE TOOLS
Whetstone is the collaborative observation and coaching tool for educators, inclusive of; Teachers, Specialized Service Providers and School Leaders. This tool includes enhanced communication and analytic features that make documentation and sharing simple, while helping educators work together to make progress toward their goals.
Whetstone is available at https://dps.whetstoneeducation.com/
Whetstone User Guides:
LEAD GROWTH AND PERFORMANCE SYSTEM RESOURCES
LEAD Framework resources
- LEAD Growth & Performance System Handbook
- LEAD Scoring Instructions
- School Leader Positions on LEAD
- LEAD Professional Practice and Student Growth SMART Goal Examples
- LEAD for Senior/Team Leads 2019-20
Principal/AP/Leader of Others
- LEAD EOY Key Actions & Timeline
- Infor HR Instructions: How to change AP position to be indirect supervisor over deans
- LEAD Fairness Guide
- LEAD End-of-Year Conversation Guide PDF Version
- LEAD Overall Student Growth Rating Calculator - download as an EXCEL spreadsheet
- Whetstone Login Page
LEAD evaluation structure
LEAD evaluation is made up of 50% professional practice and 50% student growth.
Professional practice is measured by the six competencies in the LEAD Framework.
LEAD Framework Competencies:
- Instructional Expertise
- Vision & Strategy
- People & Culture
- Community & Equity
- Personal & Values
- Operational & Organizational
Student growth is measured by SPF growth and individual goals for student growth.
- SPF Growth Indicator, at least 30% of overall rating
- Recommended 20%, minimum 10%
- Individual goals for student growth aligned with UIP and School Improvement Plan, at least 20% of overall rating
- Recommended 30%, minimum 5%
All principals, assistant principals, and leaders of others create and submit 2–3 leader-selected student growth goals. Student growth goals are intended to highlight school leaders’ primary areas of focus and are intended to align with the school’s Unified Improvement Plan (UIP) and Strategic School Plan.