District of Columbia Public Schools LEAP
Learning Together to Advance Our Practice
We began our partnership on the DC Public Schools LEAP program (DCPS) in 2013 as part of Teacher Leadership Innovation – a teams-based, instruction-focused pilot program that operated in seven schools. The partnership evolved into the “LEarning together to Advance our Practice” (LEAP) initiative that continues in all 115 of the district’s schools.
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 this work 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 will impact over 48,000 students each year.
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
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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.