Empower Schools

DPS believes deeply that those who are closest to students – the teachers, parents, leaders and school community members – are best positioned to make decisions about how to serve students and should have strong ownership of all that happens within their buildings – encouraging innovation, flexibility and differentiation.

The Portfolio Management Team develops systems and authorizing processes to encourage innovation, flexibility and differentiation among DPS’s family of schools.

How we empower our schools

  • School Model Differentiation: the flexibility to be a different type of school and/or organize with other schools to meet diverse student and community needs (including district-run nnovation, IMO, iZone or Charter).
  • Student-Based Budgeting (SBB): a flexibility afforded to the entire family of schools where funding is allocated on a per-pupil basis to each school and school leaders determine how to spend the funds.
  • Universal Flexibility: flexibilities afforded to our district-run traditional and district-run innovation schools to select the appropriate curriculum, curriculum-aligned professional learning, assessments, and small group instruction to fit the needs of their student population.
Principal, assistant principal and a large group of elementary students on a playground

Promoting Flexibility and Empowerment

School Models

Find out how to become, create, or join an innovation school, Innovative Management Organization (IMO), innovation zone (iZone), or charter school.

Learn more about our school models »

Universal Flexibility

All district-run and innovation schools have the option to select or opt out of district recommendations in four areas.

Learn about Universal Flexibility »