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Downtown Denver Expeditionary SchoolDenver, CO

Do you crave a diverse learning environment in the city center, made up of a crew that believes in deeper learning, provides coaching and robust professional development for teachers, and takes the learning out of the classroom and into the real world? The Downtown Denver Expeditionary School (DDES) is a K-5 public charter school in the portfolio of Denver Public Schools. DDES was founded by a group of parents, community members, and business leaders seeking a high-performing EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning) school to serve a diverse range of families who live, work, or learn in downtown Denver. DDES is grounded in the EL core values in order to challenge students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in school.

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Ideal Candidate

Here at DDES, we don’t just accept differences — we celebrate them, we support them, and we thrive on them for the benefit of our employees, our students, and our community. DDES seeks to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds and support the retention and advancement of black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) within the organization. DDES is inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs, or any other non-merit fact so that all employees feel included, equally valued, and supported. A commitment to and thirst for continuously improving teaching and school culture through rigorous coaching, professional development, and inquiry A professional with strong evidence of implementing effective instructional practices that increase student learning and growth Proven ability to contribute to a high-performing team, along with the ability to have open and honest conversations A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion work and creating a culturally responsive classroom A passion for deeper learning that aligns with the core principles of EL Education The ability to build strong relationships with your students and center family engagement in your practice Experience teaching in an school setting (Pre-K through 5th grade)

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Employee Benefits

Compensation & Benefits Innovative and competitive compensation model Multiple pathways to salary increases, not solely based on advanced degrees. Step and lane system that rewards dedication, commitment, and mastery of knowledge/skills Stipended school leadership opportunities ( instructional, operational, and community-based). Comprehensive medical and dental plan, 100% paid by DDES PERA retirement plan with employer contributions. Short Term Disability, 100% paid for by DDES (long-term optional) Paid parking and/or commuter cost are 100% paid for by DDES 10 days paid time off available immediately & 25 days paid vacation/holiday during the school year Flexible Savings Account option for medical and childcare coverage Vision care & PERA 401k option, PERA life option Free on-site aftercare if your child attends DDES.

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  • Lead Teacher
Grade Levels


  • Denver
Low Income
Of Color
English Language Learner
Special Needs
Of Color
3+ Years of Experience