Denver Academy is designed to be different. Denver Academy’s program has been evolving and developing since 1972, drawing on a synthesis of the best educational practices and research. The delivery of our program and our teacher development and training play significant parts in making Denver Academy a unique place of teaching and learning.
The foundational elements of our program are:
Honoring diverse learners
Carol Anne Tomlinson, University of Virginia
Teaching a room full of learners the same thing in the same way over the same time span with the same supports and expecting good results from all students has never happened and never will.”
List of 4 items.
Honoring Diverse Learners
Sometimes referred to as a decoder ring, teachers have a sophisticated understanding of students’ unique learning profiles. This is developed through a partnership model between students, parents, and teachers, along with collected observations, artifacts, and cognitive and achievement tests.
At the center of learning is the student; their readiness level, interests and learning profile are all critical variables in the formula of successful learning. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their learning through multiple avenues/pathways, modalities, and forms of expression.
We are committed to the development of people, inspiring students through a relationship-based approach to be curious, to be self-advocates, and to be lifelong learners.
Our curriculum, borrowing from the Latin, is used as the “course to be run;” we make adjustments as needed to challenge and remediate.
As Director of Education, Philippe is responsible for training all new Denver Academy teachers, as well as facilitating the continued professional development of all our veteran instructors.
Prior to his current role, Philippe spent many years as a classroom teacher, Head of the Core High School, and cross country coach. He is a Teach for America Alumni member and continues to stay involved with TFA and collaborate with their Special Education teachers.
Mr. Ernewein earned his B.A. from Longwood College in Modern Languages and his M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in teaching English at the secondary level from the University of Colorado, Denver.
Ms. Bodden works as both a Literacy Specialist and Instructional Facilitator. Jessica aims to instill a love of literature in her students and build their self-confidence. Some of her favorite books include The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Giver by Lois Lowry, and anything by Roald Dahl, Judy Blume, or Beverly Cleary.
Ms. Bodden holds a B.A. in Psychology and a Certificate in Education from the University of Colorado, Boulder. She earned her M.A. in Teaching with a Reading Endorsement from Lewis and Clark College.
Faculty Development Coordinator & Instructional Facilitator
In her role as Instructional Facilitator, Cynthia focuses on supporting teachers in their professional development. She began her career at Denver Academy in 1999, working as a teaching assistant and then a full-time teacher. She taught in the 5th and 6th grade classrooms from 2001 to 2007 and led the Elementary School as Dean from 2004-2006.
Cynthia Richardson earned her B.A. in Psychology from Willamette University and her M.A. in Special Education from the University of Colorado at Denver. When not on campus, Cynthia enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband and two daughters.
Orton-Gillingham is a phonetics-based approach to reading instruction. It is widely considered to be among the best reading programs for dyslexic students. All Denver Academy Lower School teachers and Literacy Specialists (who work throughout the school) are trained in this approach.
Denver Academy is a private school for diverse learners in grades 1-12, located in Denver, CO. DA inspires and empowers students with learning differences through student-centered, differentiated, and transformative education.