Beyond Buy-In: Partnering with Practitioners to Build a Professional Growth and Accountability System for Denver's Educators

Craig D. Jerald
June 18, 2013

When Denver Public Schools created a new educator effectiveness system, Leading Effective Academic Practice (LEAP), the central office modeled a fundamental shift in philosophy: Instead of designing LEAP in the central office first and then using targeted communication strategies to encourage educators to “buy into” the new system, DPS made a serious commitment to deeply engage teachers and principals in every step of LEAP’s design, development, and rollout. Since then, DPS has leveraged a wide variety of strategies to ensure that LEAP’s ongoing development is deeply informed by educators’ own experiences and ideas. Beyond Buy In investigates how Denver's approach unfolded and how it can inform the work of other system leaders nationwide. 

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