District of Columbia Public Schools LEAP
With the LEAP program, D.C. Public Schools made a big bet that a coherent instructional improvement system could help teachers become experts at teaching high-quality, standards-aligned content, ensuring that all students would experience rigorous and engaging instruction every day.
About Learning Together to Advance Our Practice (LEAP)
We began a partnership with DC Public Schools (DCPS) in 2013 to launch Teacher Leadership Innovation – a teams-based, instruction-focused pilot program that operated in seven schools. After realizing early successes, the program evolved into the “LEarning together to Advance our Practice” (LEAP) initiative that continues in all 115 of the district’s schools today.
Through the DC Public Schools LEAP program, the district has prioritized elevating instruction across the entire school system, building both the capacity of teachers to lead changes in the quality of teaching that takes place in their school and the capacity of DCPS to embed and sustain a robust professional learning system in alignment with other initiatives. By the second year of the program, we worked with DCPS to train about 600 teacher, school, and district leaders who impact over 48,000 students each year.
former DCPS Chancellor
“A strong teacher leadership program will involve intensive professional development and coaching to help teachers step up to a leadership role. Leading Educators have been great partners to us in this work.”
DC Public Schools Principal
“It is hard to think of Bancroft and Leading Educators as a partnership. The amazing team at LE has become an intricate part of the Bancroft family in such a way that we do not view them as an external entity, rather a member of our leadership team.”
DC Public Schools LEAP Leader
“There’s this recognition that all teachers deserve an opportunity to grow and that they need–and deserve–an opportunity to get better in their practice.”
Former Chief of Instructional Practice
“I know sometimes professional development isn’t all that sexy, but it’s really sexy to us. We believe we have the best teachers in America, but we also believe that we need to do more to help them meet the demands of the curriculum.”
Math LEAP leader at Kelly Miller Middle School
“The experience of having one-on-one coaching was amazing. They were able to give me feedback on my presentations, how I was facilitating adult learning. They came out during debriefs to look at how I was providing feedback, making sure teachers walked away with something tangible. It was also great when they came out to co-observe with me. I really loved having that one-on-one support because it was customized for me.”
Since partnering with Leading Educators to strengthen teaching, DC Public Schools has seen four years of significant growth in ELA and math proficiency.
served by curriculum-based professional learning in all core content areas
supported to access grade-level content
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LEAP changed the trajectory of how leading school systems across the country approach instructional quality, professional learning, and teacher support. Dig into the pieces below for nuanced perspectives on the planning and implementation process, change management, and lasting impact.