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North Middle School

Phone (303) 364-7411

Site Coordinator: Bernadette Prochaska,
CU Denver Site Professor: Chris Carson,
Principal: Gerardo De La Garza,

North Middle School Health Sciences and Technology Campus became a UCTE professional development site at the start of the Fall 2012 semester. We are proud of the experience North provides our teacher candidates.

Your experience at North Middle School Health Science & Technology Campus will prepare you to teach a diverse, urban student population including grades 6th-8th (71% Hispanic, 17% Black, 6% White, Around 1% each Native American, Asian, Native Hawaiian & 2% representing two or more) representative of our school population of over 740. The free/reduced lunch population accounts for 88% of our schools demographics in addition to 14% students with disabilities, 7% gifted/talented and 37% English language learners. The learning experience you will be offered at North will immerse you in urban education, the challenges and great successes that can be attained.

When considering our TCAP assessment data, it is important to note two areas: proficiency and growth. Our proficient and advanced population remains around 40%. Interestingly, our academic progress growth data consistently outperforms that of the district and state, last year reaching to the 53 percentile. Both of these offer a unique learning experience for those interested in urban education.

Interns at North have a chance to work with teachers who share planning time with their content area teammates. Teachers are expected to collaboratively plan with their grade level content teammate(s) to meet the needs of individual students as well as plan small and whole group lessons. In addition to working with their classroom teacher, our interns are expected to observe many different classrooms to see their students in all of their subject areas.

At North and at other Aurora district schools, there is a strong emphasis on professional development and coaching for all teachers. The Principal, Gerardo De La Garza, and assistant principals, Courtney Goertz and Maxine Cordova, invest considerable time and resources in teacher development. Interns fully participate in all professional development opportunities (both in and out of the school building) during internship days. We hope this experience prepares our candidates to see the teaching profession as a process of growth and learning, continuing long after the end of CU Denver enrollment.

Our weekly CLC meetings are a chance for us to think about the “big picture” as well as the details of teaching- connecting the themes of CU Denver course work to the specific skills necessary to work in an urban classroom. We use EdWeb to extend our learning beyond the experiences of the day, and to communicate and share our questions and ideas.

At North, we are passionate about providing demanding and rigorous learning opportunities for our middle school students and protective of the North community. To continue to cement the partnership with North, we need interns who view themselves as an asset to student learning. We need interns who can demonstrate respect and a willingness to learn from the years of experience of the NMS staff. We need interns who come ready to roll of their sleeves and become immersed in the hard work of teaching.

We are looking forward to continued growth for all CU Denver community members who get to experience North Middle School Health Sciences and Technology Campus.

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