Mission, Vision & Core Principles


LLN will accelerate innovative approaches to ensure all kids succeed in Denver. Through an Innovation Zone, the LLN brings together a diverse group of schools that are committed to providing unique and exciting learning environments for students while empowering teachers and leaders to design and run excellent schools.


LLN envisions a new model of organizing schools for improvement, excellence and equity. By leveraging autonomies and the power of a self-designed collaboration within the context of strong accountability for results, the LLN will not only accelerate its own performance, but also become a national proof point for school autonomy, innovation and excellence. 

Core Principles

  • LLN formalizes a culture of relentless continuous improvement and innovation to ensure schools develop strategies so that every child succeeds.
  • LLN offers intentionally designed and aligned lean services to personalize school support and meet individual school and student needs.
  • LLN models distributed leadership by magnifying the voice of school leaders through their role on the governing body and by actively seeking teacher voice in school and network decisions.
  • LLN values collaboration within each of its schools, across schools and between the LLN and DPS.