The school that is currently most focused on CI and Krashen in Denver Public Schools is George Washington High School. That is largely because of the leadership of the department chair and a member of our blog family here, Joseph Dziedzic.
I once overhead Joseph on the phone in deep conversation with Stephen Krashen. So, at times, I lovingly call him Little Joey Krashen. Joseph is one of the fast growing group of younger CI teachers popping up all around the nation like Mark Mallaney, Jesse Sandschaper, Ray Bauer, Erin Gotwalls and others who seem to be gravitating to CI much faster and with much greater ease than was the case with those of us “of a certain age”.
Anyway – trumpet call please – we in DPS are thrilled to announce that last week Joseph was awarded the prestigious 2011 Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award! He is one of only 15 teachers from across the state of Colorado to receive this award, which no Denver Public Schools teacher, let alone language teacher, has ever received.
Congratulations Joseph! You are a teacher who is an incredible asset to the students at GW, the GW school community and the World Languages professional community of teachers. Right on!
The Problem with CI
Jeffrey Sachs was asked what the difference between people in Norway and in the U.S. was. He responded that people in Norway are happy and