Leadership Excellence and Development (LEAD)
Complete LEAD Mid-Year Evaluations & Conversations by April 1stDuring LEAD Mid-Year (MY), eligible School Leaders complete a MY self-reflection in SchoolMint. Evaluators and School Leaders meet to discuss current areas of strength, opportunities for growth, progress toward school and/or individual goals, and review the body of evidence, including benchmarks and evidence as defined by the LEAD Framework or LEAD goals and update as necessary. In addition, the evaluator provides draft ratings, specific feedback and action steps for professional practice competencies.
LEAD MY Evaluation and Conversations must be completed, in SchoolMint, by April 1.
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 GROWTH AND PERFORMANCE SYSTEM RESOURCES
LEAD Framework Resources
- Measures of Student Growth 2022-23
- LEAD 2022-23 Timeline at a Glance
- LEAD Framework Handbook
- LEAD Body of Evidence Guide by Competency 2022
- Titles/Positions Eligible for LEAD 2022-23
Principal/Assistant Principal/Leader of Others
- LEAD Best Practices Checklist - School Leader/Evaluator
- LEAD Best Practices Checklist - RIS/RAIS
- 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
- SchoolMint Login Page (formerly Whetstone)
LEAD Evaluation Structure
LEAD Evaluation Rating Redress Process
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 School Performance Framework (SPF) growth and individual goals for student growth.
- For SY 2022-2023, ALL required components of educator evaluation are required by the Colorado Department of Education. Educator evaluations are 50% Professional Practice & 50% Student Growth. For SY 2022-23, student growth within educator evaluations will be comprised of the following:
- 30% Individual LEAD Goals
- 20% Collective Measure= school-wide SLO Percent of Points Earned for SY 22-23
- This calculation is generated in the LAT and can be viewed on the school-level SLO tab in the LAT. We will use the percent as of May 1st* and provide the corresponding rating.
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.
LEAD ONLINE TOOLS
SchoolMint (formerly Whetstone)
SchoolMint 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.
SchoolMint is available at https://dps.whetstoneeducation.com/
Training is housed within the SchoolMint tool by clicking on "Take a Tour" in the bottom, left-hand corner.
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