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 one of 33 credentialed schools in a national network of more than 150 schools that work together with EL Education to challenge students to think critically and take active roles in their classrooms and communities, resulting in higher achievement and greater engagement in school.
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.
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 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.
Professional Growth & Development
Two-week PD summer institute
Early release Fridays for weekly PD
Weekly individual goal-oriented peer coaching
Autonomy in lesson design and planning
Pathways to leadership development
Opportunities for outside PD, EL Education
Restorative practices training and modeling
Neurosequential Model in Education training
Culturally Responsive Classroom training
Highly trained and experienced Teaching Assistants
In-house guest teachers
Guided curriculum and instruction available
60 minute daily planning periods
No-contact teacher planning days (4/yr)
Teacher budget for classroom beautification, experts & field