Our mission is to stimulate and support innovation across Denver, to transform learning and public education systems.
We envision public education that is radically reinvented by the communities it serves, is equitable in all its practices, and empowers all learners to thrive in their chosen path.
Who We Are
The Imaginarium is the official Denver Public Schools Innovation Lab. Our team uses human centered design and research and development methods to facilitate a process to stimulate transformative innovation at the school level and throughout the Denver Public Schools system. Students, educators, administrators and other members in the DPS community bring ideas for classroom and school level innovation to us, and we help make it happen. If you can dream it, and it is in support of the Denver 2020 plan, we can prototype it!
In the Imaginarium, we support people who dare to explore creative solutions to challenging problems and see opportunities where others see walls. We do this because we believe transformation is not only possible, but also imperative in the relentless pursuit of educational equity. We also do this because we know that anyone - yes, ANYONE - can create. Even you! Creativity is a boundless resource, and we’re putting it to work. Come join us.
What does this look like in daily operation? Our programs and events consist of school design programs for leadership teams, design thinking workshops, design challenges, summer labs where teachers can try new lessons, peer to peer learning programs and much more.
A special shout out to the following friends and partners that have influenced our model and work: Janus Capital, Carnegie Foundation, Gates Next Generation Systems Initiative and many, many more. Innovation happens when diverse ideas play together.
Thank you for your collaboration.
Creativity is putting your imagination to work, and it's produced the most extraordinary results in human culture. - Ken Robinson
We have served over 90 schools, 15 design challenge winners and a small group of central office teams. We work with students, educators and administrators, central office staff and a variety of community partners. See our list of imaginarium clients and cohorts.
Students first! The iTeam plays for Team DPS. We are in the Office of Academics and Innovation and we show up every day for 85,000+ students and 5300+ teachers in DPS. We believe that the Denver 2020 Plan is incomplete without innovation and that effective innovation needs strategy, process and facilitation. Our team includes a host of school design coaches, field managers, knowledge management specialists, researchers and project specialists who create space in the district for bold pursuit of a new paradigm of teaching and learning where equity is real and every child succeeds.