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, a pioneer of the magnet school model, I teach courses in African American Literature, Women’s Literature, close reading, popular culture, and the humanities. I also serve on the board of directors for City Park Jazz where I work to better community and cultural events. Additionally, I teach college literature courses centered 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, Colorado PTA, and other Colorado non-profits.
Below, you’ll see some websites I founded. Up to the right is my resume and other links. You can also feel free to send me an email.
- Rated Distinguished on the LEAP framework, the highest rating for a teacher in Denver Public Schools.
- Recruited to teach a Media Studies course at Johnson and Wales University. Radio, Records, and Popular Music.
- Honored to see student submissions posted to The Race Card Project‘s site.
- 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.
- Commented on the peer observations process for the October LEAP (Leading Effective Academic Practice) newsletter.
- Appointed Language Arts teacher at Denver School of the Arts.
- Recognized for classroom project using NPR’s The Race Card Project story and submitting student work. Link to tweet.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Invited to design literacy modules for the Colorado Legacy Foundation‘s Literacy Design Collaborative
- Awarded finalist position – my 8th period class has been selected for the final round of the Chipotle Green Your School grant contest to win $20,000. We celebrated with representatives from Chipotle and Denver Public Schools’ office of sustainability.
- Posted the highest median high school growth in reading in all of Denver Public Schools: 78%
- Featured on the Denver Public Schools homepage. Permanent links here (home, communications, feature)
- CBS filmed my class and interviewed my students (link to video) seeking a model for Memphis’s Shelby County School Turnaround.
- 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
- DPSTv interviewed me about the “learning families” initiative, and the video can be found here
- Redesigned, with colleague Danny Medved, HTEC’s study hall to be more forward-looking and data driven. You can read the writeup on page two of the Teacher Leadership Newsletter or learn more about Teacher Leadership Academy
- Spoke on using free / open source technology tools in the classroom at the Colorado Language Arts Society Regional Conference
- Met with Selamawit Ghebremeskel from South HS while in California at the AVID summer institute in Sacramento
- 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
- 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
- Gave a professional development talk on using Google Apps for the Middle Schooler, at Aurora South Middle School
- My colleague, Lisa Baez, and I wrote a proposal for the Annual NCTE conference. It has been accepted. See you in Chicago this year. Our talk: Te(a)ch-nology in the Urban Language Arts Classroom