The Student Learning Department exists to improve student learning.  To this end, we believe in and are actively chasing the “thinking classroom” for every 27J learning space.  The “thinking classroom” is explicit teaching and learning that demands active “thinking” from teachers and students alike.  There are three essential elements of the “thinking classroom”... GOAL, EVIDENCE, LEARNING EXPERIENCES.

Goal:   The teacher identifies the learning goals through the use of the Common Core and Colorado Academic Standards and shares this goal with students.  The goal is for the learner and should extend the learner beyond knowledge acquisition and push students to problem solve, analyze, process, and “think”.

Evidence:  Both the teacher and the student pay close attention to the evidence of student learning and progress made toward this learning.  The evidence is authentic and should help guide future instruction, support, additional challenge, and real time recovery.

Learning Experience:  The teacher creates learning experiences and a learning environment that promotes student interaction, participation, and empowers students to seize control of their own learning.  Students learn by doing, struggling, persevering, and self-regulating.

We realize that the “thinking classroom” is not the kind of teaching that we have all experienced as students.  It represents a major shift for educators and students alike, yet we know our students deserve to be prepared for the world that they will soon live, work, and lead. 

We believe in 27J teachers and leaders.  We believe in the potential of all students.  We believe that through collaboration, and by actively chasing the “thinking classroom”, we can improve student learning.

Please feel free to contact any of the names listed below with questions, needs, or ways that we can better support the “thinking classroom”. 

Name Position Email Phone
Will Pierce Director of Student Achievement 303-655-2955
Jamie Bell Department Secretary - Student Learning 720-685-7640
Bethany Ager Instructional Specialist for Early Childhood 720-685-7619
Cindy Ritter Instructional Specialist for Math and Science 303-655-2961
Jennifer Kellison Instructional Specialist for Academic Interventions 303-655-2838
Leslie Vickers Instructional Specialist 303-655-2812
Lucia Gonzales Instructional Specialist for English Language Learners 303-655-2825
Salvatore Conca Instructional Specialist for Professional Learning 303-655-2804
Sheri Collier Instructional Specialist for Gifted and Talented 303-655-2971
Susan Herll Instructional Specialist - Literacy 720-685-7608
Alyssa McFarland Academic Interventionist 303-655-2907
Greg Martin Student Data & Testing Technician 720-685-7614
Andrea Barber Instructional Coach TOSA - ESC 303-655-2900
Catie Foster Instructional Coach TOSA - ESC 303-655-2900
Della Palacios Instructional Coach TOSA - ESC 303-655-2900
Jordan Strawn Instructional Coach TOSA - ESC 303-655-2900
Joy Casey Instructional Coach TOSA - ESC 303-655-2900
Melissa Fike Instructional Coach TOSA - ESC 303-655-2900
Sandie Yamamoto Instructional Coach TOSA - ESC 303-655-2900
Sonia Wheatlake Instructional Coach TOSA - ESC 303-655-2900