Applications for the 2015/16 REDDI program will be available in the fall of 2014.


Program Overview

The Residency for the Educational Development of DPS Intrapreneurs- REDDI - is a leadership-training residency program for aspiring leaders of district-run schools.

REDDI is for those who want to transform the district and change the world by challenging the education status quo, taking risks and expanding their creativity with confidence. This program targets aspiring leaders who want to take the autonomous thinking of charter schools and apply it in Denver’s district-run schools.

The program offers a fully paid residency where leaders have the opportunity to learn from highly successful charter schools that have already developed their own leadership training curriculum and residency models.

At the close of the program, residents will be “REDDI” to transfer their newly gained skills and ideas back into district-run schools, including innovation schools.

Ideal candidates want to accelerate their careers, develop a strong entrepreneurial skill set and obtain a principal position in a DPS school. Candidates are expected have a deep knowledge of instruction, and experience leading other colleagues in their school.


The Residency

REDDI residents will be placed in a host charter school where they will take on administrative responsibilities that meet the needs of the school. Residents will spend one year in this job-embedded training program learning from Denver’s highest-performing charter schools.


Program Format

Participants will go through an intensive leadership training series with a curriculum focused on strategic, transformational, entrepreneurial leadership and will be expected to:

  • Participate in monthly cohort sessions in the evening.
  • Attend periodic experiential learning events including DPS school tours, district-wide functions and out-of-state educational visits (including other schools, Ed. depts. etc).
  • Complete monthly REDDI leadership assignments in addition to their host school residency practicum.


REDDI residents will commit to at least three years of leadership in a DPS district-run school upon completion of the program. This commitment is contingent upon the resident’s ability to secure placement in the district. All residents must go through DPS hiring processes for post-residency placement.