K-12 Education

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

June 18, 2013  • Craig D. Jerald

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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. Beyond Buy In investigates how Denver’s approach unfolded and how it can inform the work of other system leaders nationwide.