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We are the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone



Empowering learners with the independence, support, and encouragement to craft relevant goals and pathways of achievement.



Designing learning environments where each student feels accepted and connected and has the resources, confidence, and inspiration to thrive in the global community. We prioritize resources to close opportunity gaps across race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ability, and language.



Inspiring learners to stay curious, explore new perspectives and take risks to reimagine learning.


 Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 22


The Board will enter executive session

CRS 24-6-402(4)(g) to interview school principal candidates and otherwise consider and discuss application materials submitted by or on behalf of an applicant or candidate for the school principal position, which is protected by the mandatory nondisclosure provisions of the “Colorado Open Records Act” at CRS 24-72-204(3)(a)(XI)"

Who we are and what we do

Who We Are
We are the Northeast Denver Innovation Zone (NDIZ), and we are building a model for the future of public education where students and educators thrive with the implementation of agency, equity and innovation. NDIZ exists to create innovation space for educators and students from McAuliffe International School, McAuliffe Manual Middle School, Northfield High School, and Swigert International Elementary School. We are banded together by our close geographic area, our similar instructional model, and our commitment to dream big for children.  


What We Do:
The Zone creates space for NDIZ Educators to innovate experiences for student learning and belonging. The Zone is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with DPS to advocate for school  autonomy in time, calendar, budget, hiring, and curriculum. School autonomy in innovation zones is guaranteed by state law and proven to accelerate student learning and belonging. The Zone supports educators with: 
     •Advocacy for School Autonomy
     •High quality professional learning applying innovation by
     •Support with school operations 
     •Zone family engagement
     •Teacher and leader pipelines
     •Data reviews to ensure equitable student growth, achievement, and belonging 


We are a collective of innovative schools in Northeast Denver that empower leaders and educators, in partnership with our communities, to innovate practices that result in authentic and relevant education for students. We are unwaveringly committed to agency, equity, and innovation

to accelerate student learning and belonging. 

The Northeast Denver Innovation Zone is an innovation laboratory that empowers and supports educators to innovate practice to meet each student’s  needs. 

NDIZ graduates are inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who thrive today and develop the skills and agency to become innovators of good for equity tommorrow. 


 NDIZ Schools

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