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Denver Green School

Updated Aug 20, 2015
6700 E. Virginia Ave. - Denver CO - 80224
Type of autonomy arrangement: innovative public schools
Basic Profile

Opened In

2010

Grades

Early Childhood Education- 8

Environment

Urban

Type

District - Site-Governed
Autonomies
Select leaders
Determine learning program
Select colleagues
Determine professional development
Transfer or terminate colleagues
Determine whether to take, when to take, how much to count district/EMO/authorizer assessments
Determine tenure policy
Make formal arrangements with district/EMO/authorizer to allow multiple measures in determining school success (not only a mean proficiency score)
Evaluate colleagues
Set schedule
Set staff pattern
Determine teacher workday
Determine school budget
Set school-level policy
Determine compensation
Teacher Authority Is...
De Jure
Denver Green School uses Colorado's Innovation Schools Act to waive the parts of state law that describe schools as managed by a principal and replaced it with a teacher partnership model. They also waived other aspects of state law, district policy and some provisions of the collectively bargained agreement to gain substantial autonomy over what happens at DGS.

About the Learning Program

DGS is a Neighborhood Innovation School—meaning we implement our own unique program design, approved through a rigorous process by the Denver School Board. Our emphasis on project-based learning allows teachers and students to engage in relevant, self-directed, teacher-facilitated learning. One of the main differences is that we use a different research based curriculum for Math and Reading, allowing teachers more flexibility in planning and students to be more engaged.