Universal Flexibility

  • Note: This website has been updated with information for selecting curriculum, curriculum-aligned professional development, and local assessment for the 2022-23 school year. School leaders, see December 14 or January 11 editions of Leader Weekly for more information. If you have questions, please email flexibility@dpsk12.org.


    At DPS, we empower school leaders to make decisions for their buildings in many different ways: from ownership over budgets to hiring decisions to the decisions presented annually in the Universal Flexibility process. This action stems from a core belief in the school as the unit of change; an understanding that school leaders and their ILTs know their students, families, and communities best; and naming flexibility as a specific strategy in Denver Plan 2020.

    The Board of Education empowered all DPS schools to make decisions in several areas to best meet the needs of their students. The following areas are currently part of this process:

    • Curriculum;
    • Curriculum-Aligned Professional Learning; and
    • Assessment.

    These school-based decisions around instructional programming are known as “Universal Flexibilities” because they are available to all district-run traditional, district-run innovation, and iZone schools, regardless of structure or network type.

    For more information about Universal Flexibility, please explore this website or email flexibility@dpsk12.org.

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  • Please email flexibility@dpsk12.org with any questions or feedback.  We will connect you with the right representatives from supporting departments. Please also leverage your RIS/RAIS/ED for coaching and support throughout the decision-making process.

    Jodi Mattingly
    Site Manager


  • The Universal Flexibility Decision Form will be available January 11-February 11, 2022