Denver Public Schools
Job Description
Human Resources
191 work days per year
FTE: 1.0
Salary: See DCTA Teacher Salary Schedule at
Essential Functions and Objectives: 
Educator effectiveness is a key priority of DPS. LEAP (Leading Effective Academic Practice) incorporates multiple measures of effectiveness and aligns targeted support to growth needs identified by the system. This system is the cornerstone to which DPS aligns professional development, recruitment, retention and other teacher-focused HR strategies. The Peer Observer role provides practitioner voice while supporting deep understanding and quality implementation of LEAP components. 
- Peer Observers support teacher growth and performance via learning cycles that include, but are not limited to, setting learning intentions based on choice and data (usually observation data and student data), classroom observations, alignment of observed behaviors to the Framework for Effective Teaching (FET), coaching and consulting to build teacher’s capacity as an instructional decision maker, and facilitating teacher reflection on the learning cycle. Peer Observers draw on all the components of LEAP in supporting educators. 
- Peer Observers support building-based leaders’ capacity to support teachers through a variety of strategies including co-observations, content consultations, writing high-quality Classroom Observation Forms, and determining highest-leverage next steps. Peer Observers also facilitate building-based observers and coaches through guided calibration sessions annually. 
- Peer Observers design and facilitate a variety of LEAP related professional learning experiences as part of educators understanding, engaging with, and implementing the components of LEAP. 
- In some instances, Peer Observers serve as collaborative partners to teachers and principals when performance interventions become part of the growth and performance picture. 
- Peer Observers are required to document the ongoing work as part of a systemic approach to sustained improvement and reporting. 
Peer Observer salaries are set in the following manner: 
- Current base teaching salary for internal hires; or salary on the DCTA salary schedule for external hires, up to ten years of service. 
- A complexity stipend of $3,650 will apply and will be spread evenly over 12 months. Hard-to-staff eligibility applies to the Peer Observer role as it applies to the classroom teacher role (e.g., ELA-S qualified). 
Knowledge, Experience, & Other Qualifications: 
- 5 plus years successful teaching experience in an urban setting, including experience with increasing student achievement 
- This Peer Observer position requires a high level of Spanish language fluency 
- Successful experience in supporting and developing practice of other teachers 
- Ability to engage in reflective practice and to apply learning to practice 
- Ability to recognize various levels of performance and provide targeted feedback to move performance to the next level 
- Skill in providing objective feedback to teachers and willingness to have difficult conversations 
- Knowledge and experience with best practice for culturally and linguistically diverse student population 
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
- High degree of organization and ability to meet deadlines independently  
- Experience in planning, presenting and facilitating professional learning to both teachers and leaders 
- Ability and willingness to collaborate with colleagues both within peer observation team and across other DPS teams 
- Internal candidates must have been awarded non-probationary teaching status in Denver Public Schools 
Education Requirements: 
- Bachelor's degree in Education or related field.
- Current Colorado Department of Education Teachers license. About Denver Public Schools: 
About Denver Public Schools: 
Denver Public Schools is committed to meeting the educational needs of every student with great schools in every neighborhood. Our goal is to provide every child in Denver with rigorous, enriching educational opportunities from preschool through high school graduation. DPS is comprised of 185 schools, including traditional, magnet, charter and pathways schools, with an enrollment of 88,000 students. Of those, 58% of the school district's enrollment is Hispanic, 20% is Caucasian, and 15% is African American. Seventy-two percent of the district's students qualify for free and reduced lunch. 
Under the leadership of Superintendent Tom Boasberg and guided by the tenets of The Denver Plan, DPS has become the fastest-growing school district in the country in terms of enrollment and the fastest-growing large school district in terms of student academic growth. DPS is committed to establishing Denver as a national leader in student achievement, high school graduation and college career readiness. 
Denver Public Schools is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.  
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