Since 2015, all district-run schools in DPS have been able to make decisions around elements of their instructional programming to meet the needs of their students — specifically:
- Curriculum-aligned professional learning,
- Assessment and
- Small group instruction.
These school-based decisions around instructional programming are now known as “Universal Flexibilities” because they are available to all district-run and innovation schools, regardless of structure network type.
The Universal Flexibility decision-making process is one of the ways DPS is fulfilling its commitment to empower schools, in support of the theory that schools are the unit of change. Each year school leaders have an opportunity to analyze the district’s recommendations with their school teams and decide whether to opt into the district option or decline to opt in and receive funding, which can be used to purchase or develop an alternate resource. View the most recent Universal Flexibility Decision Handbook.