LEAP, LEearning together to Advance our Practice

The education community is sobered by the research on professional development, which shows that vast sums of money have been spent on teacher training with little to show for it. School districts and education experts across the nation are grappling with how to make professional development work for teachers and, ultimately, act as a key lever to accelerate student achievement. LEAP, LEearning together to Advance our Practice is DCPS' new groundbreaking professional development strategy. Building upon previous successful human capital investments, LEAP cultivates deep content knowledge and empowers teachers to expertly apply it in the classroom.

$16.7 MILLION INVESTMENT NEED


EXPANDING CURRICULAR SUPPORTS
$3.2M OVER 3 YEARS

DCPS is building the nation’s first weekly Common Core- aligned professional development curriculum. Funding will support a small team of content experts who will engage DCPS’ best teachers to develop the curriculum. It will also support contracts with key Common Core partners to help establish the protocols for the LEAP learning seminars that will roll out district-wide in School Year 2016-2017.

TRAINING & SUPPORTING LEAP CONTENT  LEADERS
$7.7M OVER 3 YEARS

LEAP content leaders will lead teams of teachers through the weekly content-focused learning seminars. Funding will enable more than 300 content leaders to attend a two-week summer training and receive additional support throughout the year. In future years, funding will create an aligned leadership pathway, with expert leaders assuming responsibility for training and support.

 

Launching IMPACT 3.0
$883K over 3 years

As part of the district’s efforts to better support  teachers, DCPS will make  significant  changes to its evaluation system, IMPACT. DCPS will launch a new observation rubric that better aligns to the demands of the Common Core, and will add  student surveys of teacher practice, which will provide invaluable feedback to teachers and school leaders.

Funding  will support training  and materials development for the new rubric, as well as contracts to implement the student surveys.

Creating  the Nation’s First Common Core-Aligned PD Curriculum
$3.2M over 3 years

DCPS is building the nation’s first weekly Common Core-aligned professional development curriculum. Funding will support a small team  of content experts who will engage DCPS’ best teachers to develop the curriculum. It will also support contracts with key Common Core partners to help establish the protocols for the LEAP learning seminars that will roll out district-wide in School Year 2016-2017.

INVESTING IN LEAP IMPLEMENTATION
$1.8M OVER 3 YEARS

To realize the full potential of LEAP, teachers will need a way to organize and track their professional learning goals, observation data, and next steps. They will also need a way to record and analyze their own classroom instruction. Funding  will enable DCPS to  adopt and  customize  a technology  platform  —  just as it did with IMPACT  — to help facilitate the weekly cycle of professional learning.