Staff, faculty and board members of Denver Academy are pictured, along with visiting staff members from NCLD, following the presentation of NCLD’s Rozelle Founders Award to Denver Academy. Photos by Povy Kendal Atchison, Rockin’ A Studio
The National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) is honoring Denver Academy with its prestigious Rozelle Founders Award for 2017. The award ceremony took place Oct. 3 at Denver Academy, 4400 East Iliff Ave.
Named for NCLD’s founders, Pete and Carrie Rozelle, the Rozelle Founders Award was established in 2000 to recognize schools for their excellence in meeting the learning and social/emotional needs of all students, including those with learning and attention issues. The award is intended to highlight the importance of classroom and school-wide teaching approaches and learning activities that incorporate best evidence-based practices.
“Denver Academy’s commitment to personalized learning exemplifies NCLD’s mission to provide equal opportunities for learners,” NCLD president and CEO Mimi Corcoran said.
Denver Academy was chosen by NCLD for the Rozelle Founders Award due to the fact that the school has created a culture of respect and responsibility, high expectations and accountability, and has built a school community based on personalized learning and opportunities for students to play active roles in decisions about their education.
NCLD staff with Denver Academy staff member, Headmaster Mark Twarogowski (center), and DA Board members with the Rozelle Founders Award received presented to Denver Academy from NCLD.
“We are honored to be presented with the Rozelle Founders Award,” Denver Academy Headmaster Mark Twarogowski said. “Students at all levels are encouraged to demonstrate their learning through multiple pathways and forms of expression. With a foundation built on relationships, parents and teachers maintain open and honest communication about what works, what needs improvement, and how to keep students on a path to high school graduation and successful transition to post-graduate studies or the workplace,” he added.
One in five children in the U.S. struggle with learning and attention issues like dyslexia and ADHD. NCLD’s “The State of Learning Disabilities” (2017) report suggests that almost 30 percent of children with these issues do not graduate with a regular high school diploma. Students with learning and attention issues are as smart as their peers and, with the right support, can achieve at high levels. At Denver Academy, not only do students graduate with a high school diploma, historically more than 80 percent of DA graduates also go on to pursue four-year universities, two-year colleges, immersion-based gap years, the military, trade schools and more.
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