Des Moines Public Schools
The Model for Urban Education: Doing What’s Right for Teachers
In 2014, Des Moines Public Schools was awarded a multi-year grant from the Wallace Foundation as part of their National Principal Supervisor Initiative. The district chose to partner with Learning Sciences International to implement hierarchical district and school leader evaluation models.
Building on its success, Des Moines is now broadening its partnership with LSI to create an alignment between all aspects of the teaching and learning processes and to develop a leadership tracking system that creates a pipeline of qualified instructional and school leaders now and into the future. When presented with the scope of the enhanced partnership, a Board member said, “This could be a game changer for teachers.”
Through this partnership, DMPS will become a Model District for Rigor. Every school will function as a Demonstration School for Rigor, a laboratory of innovation and rigorous teaching and learning. Also in the partnership, Learning Sciences is piloting a Leadership Tracking System to develop a pipeline of instructionally strong leaders for Des Moines Public Schools.