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Innovation Schools

About Us

Innovation Schools is within the Schools of Choice Office. The purpose of this area is to provide support and information to boards, districts, schools and individuals about the process to receive innovation designation. This office strives to identify districts and schools that could benefit from innovation status.
The Innovation Schools Act provides a pathway for schools and districts to develop innovative practices, better meet the needs of individual students and allow more autonomy to make decisions at the school-level. The Act allows a public school or group of public schools to submit an innovation plan to its' local board of education. The plan is designed to increase student outcomes at the school(s). Once approved, school district boards of education must submit the innovation plans and waiver requests to the Colorado State Board of Education for approval.

Office Responsibilities

  • Staff reviews innovation applications and coordinates additional review from CDE staff in areas such as: budget compliance, special education compliance, educator effectiveness and turnaround grant compliance
  • Provide staff recommendations for the State Board about innovation applications submitted for State Board approval
  • Inform boards, districts, schools and individuals about the purpose of receiving innovation status and the process to receive innovation designation
  • Conduct meetings and conversations with individuals to help them identify if innovation status is a good option for a district or school
  • Collect innovation school data and produce and annual report on innovation schools by March 1st

Data and Statistics

Annual Reports

Supporting Documents

Submitting an Innovation Plan


For more information about the innovation process, contact:

Kelly Rosensweet, Schools of Choice

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Contact Us

Colorado Dept. of Education
201 East Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-6600
Fax: 303-830-0793
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