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2022 DA Symposium

Featuring Internationally Acclaimed Author and Learning Differences Expert Rick Lavoie
Denver Academy's 2022 Symposium on Teaching & Learning will feature the theme of motivation. The special event includes a presentation by Keynote Speaker Rick Lavoie, M.A., M.Ed., an internationally acclaimed author, public speaker, and learning differences expert. The title of his presentation is "The Squeaky Wheel NEEDS the Grease."

Lavoie holds three degrees in special education and holds two honorary doctorates in education from the University of Massachusetts (2003) and Mitchell College (CT – 2007). He has served as a visiting lecturer at numerous universities including Syracuse, Harvard, Manhattanville College, University of Alabama, University of Melbourne, and Georgetown. His numerous national television appearances include The TODAY Show, CBS Morning Show, Good Morning America, ABC Evening News, and Walt Disney Presents.

Rick Lavoie is the author of the book “It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend: Helping the Child with Learning Disabilities Find Social Success (Touchstone/ Simon and Schuster, 2005). The book addresses the direct link between learning disabilities and social skills issues that many children face. And his most recent book and PBS DVD on student motivation “The Motivation Breakthrough: 6 Secrets to Turning On the Tuned-Out Child” (2007) were featured in USA Today.

The 2022 DA Symposium on Teaching & Learning will take place on Friday, March 11 with the presentation by Rick Lavoie starting at 9 a.m. Additional details are to be announced.

The event is FREE for Denver Academy parents and staff. The symposium will also be open to the public for a fee. Registration opens in January 2022. 

Please contact Director of Education/DA Symposium Chair Philippe Ernewein, 303-777-5870 x241, for questions and additional information.  


Meet the Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Philippe Ernewein

    Philippe Ernewein 

    Director of Education
  • Photo of Mindy Adair

    Mindy Adair 

    Director of Mathematics & Technology Integration Specialist
  • Photo of Jessica Bodden

    Jessica Bodden 

    Instructional Coach & Literacy Specialist
  • Photo of Casie Myers

    Casie Myers 

    ACT Special Testing & Accommodations Coordinator, Program Development Assistant, 11th Exec Assistant

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Denver Academy 
4400 E. Iliff Avenue 
Denver, CO 80222 

Phone: 303-777-5870 
Fax: 303-777-5893