The Portfolio Management Team cultivates, authorizes, launches, and oversees high-quality autonomous schools (i.e., District-run, Innovation and, Charter) in the Denver Public School (DPS) system. Empowered by the Denver Plan, the Portfolio Management Team embraces school autonomy, high performance standards, clear accountability, parent/guardian choice, and broad stakeholder engagement.


The Portfolio Management Team envisions a nation where every public education system  effectively serves the diverse needs of all children and where every student graduates prepared for success in life.


The Portfolio Management Team will be a national model for transformational change in public education by:

  • Improving outcomes for all Denver students by recruiting and supporting a diverse portfolio of high-performing charter and innovation schools that are accountable for results;
  • Producing transformational changes district-wide by identifying, sharing and facilitating the implementation of innovative, best-in-class policies and practices in all schools and central office departments


Innovation Zone Application Materials

DPS has released applications for schools to create new and/or join existing innovation zones as described below.  Letters of intent for all applications are due February 9 (now due February 15, 2018) For additional dates, carefully review each application. Three alternative organizing structures, as follows:

  • Entry into the Luminary Learning Network (LLN): The district’s first innovation zone is designed to empower school leaders and teachers with the autonomy needed to design and run excellent schools. The LLN has four member schools and is seeking applications from additional schools interested in joining. Interested schools will have their readiness assessed by the LLN and DPS, which will also consider the zone’s capacity to take on additional schools. The application is available here.
  • Creation of New Innovation Zones: Innovation zones are a structure established under state statute for innovation schools that share common interests. DPS is accepting applications for two types of new innovation zones, described below. The application is available here.
    • New Innovation Zones with Governance Innovations: This zone would operate separately from the district instructional network structure and be overseen by an external nonprofit and its board. This board will be responsible for support and oversight of the member schools, although the district maintains ultimate legal responsibility.
    • New Innovation Zones within District Network Structure: This is a zone that would allow schools the opportunity to organize around common interests, while remaining within the district networks and reporting structures. Some additional autonomies would be available to these schools, but many decisions would still be made by the district.

We  encourage any interested parties to review the documents closely and reach out to Maya Lagana (720-423-2588) with any questions.