Program Overview



DTT is based on three program hallmarks: vision driven leaders, rigorous and meaningful learning experiences, and community minded decision-making.  We need people who are invested in Denver and want to make an impact here, have varied life experiences that they can apply in the classroom, and are resilient, successful, driven individuals who believe in the potential of their students.

DPS Core Values – DPS is committed to ensuring that we have the best teachers in our schools. 
Outstanding teachers live by our core values:


DTT provides a streamlined one-year pathway to state licensure, access to district professional development, compensation and benefits package, community impact, and encourages you to support students’ learning by incorporating your own background and experience.  DTT training is also practical – because this is an internal DPS program, what you learn in our program emulates what DPS teachers are actually doing in their classrooms.

The program is divided into two phases of training and support:

Summer Pre-Service

The summer before your first year in the classroom you will participate in an intensive preparation program.  The first part of the summer training includes five to six weeks of professional development and teaching DPS students in a summer school setting.  During this time you will receive direct coaching and support as you learn how to plan, manage your students, and effectively deliver instruction.  The second part of the summer includes self-directed coursework connected to your teaching position as well as additional professional development while attending DPS New Educator Institute.

School Year

During the school year, you will be assigned a program mentor who will observe your practice and coach you throughout the school year.  This person will also work closely with other district personnel such as Peer Observers and Teacher Effectiveness Coaches to ensure you are receiving the hands-on support you need to become an effective teacher.  In addition to personalized coaching, all teachers in the program will participate in program professional development two to three times per month.