Eric Mills

educator, researcher, internet test-pilot

Hi there. I’m Eric Mills. I work to change the world by teaching students how to view it with a more critical eye.

At Denver School of the Arts, I teach courses in AP Literature, African American Literature, Women’s Literature, close reading, popular culture, and the humanities, all of which focus on race, gender, and popular culture. I also serve on the board of directors for City Park Jazz where I work to better community and cultural events by including student performers in the concert series and reporting audience stories a la “Humans of NY” style. In addition, I often teach at the university level in the departments of English, Cultural Studies, or Media Studies where I lecture on our nation’s complex web of informational, political, musical, and food systems. Back in the day, I founded the web presence for Great Education Colorado (where I was instrumental in mapping the school stories project, of which I am immensely proud), Colorado PTA, and other Colorado non-profits.

Many more moons ago I designed ESL curricula for Wuhan Textile University in China, and, together with my team, built the prototype for DexKnows.

Up to the right is my not-so-current resume and other links. You can also feel free to send me an email.

June 2016

  • Rated Distinguished on the LEAP framework, the highest rating for a teacher in Denver Public Schools.

May 2016

  • Asked to teach Advanced Placement Literature and Composition for the next school year.

Apr 2016

  • Enabling students to perform at City Park for the summer jazz concert series.

Mar 2016

  • Presenting on Toni Morrison’s Jazz for the College English Association conference in Denver, CO

Oct 2015

  • Nominated for the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts and Culture. Link. Image.

June 2015

  • Rated Distinguished on the LEAP framework, the highest rating for a teacher in Denver Public Schools.

May 2015

  • Recruited to teach a Media Studies course at Johnson and Wales University. Radio, Records, and Popular Music.

April 2015

March 2014

Feb 2014

  • Hosted the third-annual Denver Public Schools Regional Poetry Slam at Denver School of the Arts. Students from ten schools competed for spots in the final round.

Oct 2013

June 2013

May 2013

April 2013

  • Featured students in this highlight video from the 2013 DPS Poetry Slam Championships.
  • Rocky Mountain PBS and KUNC co-reported on the DPS Poetry Slam held at the Denver Art Museum. Audio and video here.

March 2013

  • Interviewed by Fox 31 news about co-organizing a district-wide poetry event to honor the passion of an East High School student injured in an accident. Article with video link.
  • Organized regional qualifier poetry slam at DCIS with colleague Neil Pollard website here.

Nov 2012

  • Certified in Linguistically Diverse Education and Social Studies.
  • Presented to Chipotle’s leaders and DPS’s sustainability department at the Chipotle headquarters. Write up here and permanent link

Oct 2012

Sept 2012

Aug 2012

May 2012

Apr 2012

  • Telemundo filmed my class and interviewed my students about using technology to enhance learning and understanding
  • CBS Memphis visited my classroom to observe effective utilization of technology in an urban setting

Feb 2012

Jan 2012

July 2011

May 2011

  • My 8th grade student won the National Campaign to Stop Violence, “Do the Write Thing” contest. He traveled to Washington D.C. as an Ambassador. He presented his views on youth violence to national leaders such as the Secretary of Education, the Secretary of the Interior, the Attorney General of the United States, the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and Members of the Congress. Here’s a behind the scenes look at his poem. And, here’s the school’s press release
  • Appointed Language Arts teacher at High Tech Early College where I designed a school-wide reading initiative and taught concurrent-enrollment courses

April 2011

  • Four of my 8th grade students won “semi-finalist” for the Do the Write Thing contest and attended the annual awards dinner on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Mile High Station in Denver
  • A student I mentored at the high school was awarded the Sach’s Foundation scholarship

March 2011

February 2011