Leading Effective Academic Practice or LEAP is the growth and performance system for teachers that helps ensure we have a great teacher in every classroom. LEAP helps us grow and develop great teachers by helping them identifying areas of strength and opportunities for growth. LEAP plays an integral role in moving forward the work of the Denver Plan 2020 and helping us achieving the Denver Public School vision – Every Child Succeeds.
LEAP was developed with input from teachers, school leaders and members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association for the purpose of defining excellent instruction and providing clear expectations for what great teaching looks like. Aligned to academic standards, LEAP was designed using evidence-based best practices that outline the framework for effective teaching. LEAP provides a holistic view of a teacher’s practice to determine performance using multiple measures including observation, coaching, feedback, professionalism and student perception data. In addition, educators are provided access to personalized professional learning opportunities to support their growth.