WHO WE ARE &
WHAT WE DO

 

 

 

 

OUR TEAM

Glenna Norvelle
Interim Executive Director
Glenna Norvelle
Interim Executive Director
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Strategy and Culture Facilitator. Team and Executive Coach. Thought partner on creating teams and orgs that thrive.

Favorite Quote: There are two mantras. Yum and Yuck. I choose Yum. Tom Robbins.

Meg McCormick
Director, Client Experience
Meg McCormick
Director, Client Experience
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Expertise/Education: Masters' Educational Leadership;K - 12 Principals License,British Primary Philosophy training, Expeditionary Learning, passionate about shifting the K-12 education paradigm

Susan Trickett
Director, Research and Strategy 
Susan Trickett
Director, Research and Strategy 
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Expertise/Education: Research & evaluation in education and the learning sciences. Ph.D., Human Factors and Applied Cognitive Psychology; M.Ed., Instructional Technology/Instructional Design; B.A., M.A., English Language and Literature.
Favorite quote: "Not all who wander are lost" (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Danna Ortiz
Strategic Resources Manager
Danna Ortiz
Strategic Resources Manager
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Expertise/Education: Strategic Planning, Grants; Masters in Technology, Innovation & Education & Environmental Management; BS in Business/Finance

Favorite Innovation Read: Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter Diamandis

Lynn Hawthorne
Innovation Partner
Lynn Hawthorne
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education:   Ed.D., Leadership for Educational Equity, University of Colorado, Denver, 2012; M.A. Spanish, Middlebury College; B.A. Spanish, Wheaton College  
Favorite quote: I’m no longer accepting the things I cannot change.  I'm changing the things I cannot accept.  ~ Angela Davis.

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Richard Resendez
Innovation Partner
Richard Resendez
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education:  Educational policy analysis, comparative education, school design, instructional knowledge and evaluation, and school leadership.
Favorite: “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” –Albert Einstein

Elisa Bowers
Innovation Partner 
Elisa Bowers
Innovation Partner 
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Expertise/Education: Previously a lower elementary classroom teacher for public Montessori at Denison Montessori
Favorite Quote:  "Thinking about thinking has to be a principal ingredient of any empowering practice of education." -Jerome Bruner

Laura Mitchell
Innovation Partner
Laura Mitchell
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education: Personalized Learning, Blended Learning, Elementary Education, Early Literacy, Master's in Curriculum & Instruction
Favorite Prototype: I love thinking about how to creatively use space in the classroom. During my last year of teaching I worked with my students to redesign our classroom space. It was an ongoing project and we made tweaks and changes almost every week - but it was great to see my students advocating for their needs and preferences.

John Sava
Innovation Partner
John Sava
Innovation Partner
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Expertise/Education: Previously Middle School Science Teacher at Stanley British Primary School, K-12 Fitness and Health Teacher at the Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning, Elementary Assistant Principal at Centennial School of EL Education and Dean of Culture at Tollgate Elementary School. 
Favorite Quote: “I become more courageous by doing the very things I needed to be courageous for – first, a little, and badly. Then, bit by bit, more and better. Being avidly – sometimes annoyingly – curious and persistent about discovering how others were doing what I wanted to do.” (Audre Lorde)

Chung Pham
Research Partner
Chung Pham
Research Partner
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Expertise/Education: Ph.D, Public Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School, Santa Monica

Favorite quote: “One day of travel is a basketful of wisdom” (Vietnamese saying). 

Signe Hawley
Research Partner
Signe Hawley
Research Partner
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Expertise/Education: Research MSc Child Development and Education, monitoring and evaluation, mixed-methodological approach to research, non-traditional education systems, international education,  BA Applied Science &Technology Engineering and Criminal Justice, 

Favorite Innovation Reads: Design For The Real World by Victor Papanek (1970) 

Angel Li
Research Specialist
Angel Li
Research Specialist
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Expertise/Education: Research in social psychology, preventive education, and communications; Ph.D., Psychology

Favorite Quote:“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.” - Stephen Hawking

Melissa Mincic
Research Partner
Melissa Mincic
Research Partner
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Expertise/Education: Mixed methods research, program evaluation, professional development and T/TA, social-emotional development, early childhood education. PhD, Applied Developmental Psychology.

Favorite quote: "All we ever have in anything is the mountain in front of us" - Michael Balzary, a.k.a. Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers

Sophie Gullett
Lead Graduate Research Assistant
Sophie Gullett
Lead Graduate Research Assistant
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Position: Graduate Research Assistant
Education: School Psychology PsyD candidate, BA: Psychology
Favorite quote: "Confidence, like art, never comes from having all the answers; it comes from being open to all the questions." -Earl Gray Stevens

Alex Heilman
Graduate Research Assistant
Alex Heilman
Graduate Research Assistant

Education: Currently enrolled in Teaching - Elementary Education M.A. program at Metropolitan State University and holds a B.A. in Psychology with coursework in Research Methods and cognitive psychology. 

Favorite quote: "The powerful play goes on, but you may contribute a verse."

Favorite book: "Scar Tissue" by Anthony Kiedis.

Lynnette Bell
Graduate Research Assistant
Lynnette Bell
Graduate Research Assistant
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Education/Expertise: Former Early Childhood Educator, Current Elementary Education Candidate, Life-Long Learner and Explorer

Favorite Quote: "There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children." -Nelson Mandela

Eleanor Burns
Graduate Research Assistant
Eleanor Burns
Graduate Research Assistant

Education: Ed.D, Leadership for Educational Equity in Latin@ Communities, anticipated graduation date May 2019, University of Colorado Denver. Primary research focus: college readiness. M.S., 2004 and B.S., 2002 from Colorado State University.

Expertise: Experienced qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods researcher. Seasoned school administrator, school inspector, and teacher.

Favorite Quote: “What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.” ~ George Bernard Shaw.

Cassandra Basoco
Graduate Research Assistant
Cassandra Basoco
Graduate Research Assistant

Education: Education and Human Development Master's Program BA Psychology

Favorite Quote: “There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self.” -Aldous Huxley

Chen Zong
Graduate Research Assistant
Chen Zong
Graduate Research Assistant

Education: Research, Assessment & Evaluation Methodology in Education and Human Development, PhD candidate

Favorite quote: "What excellent teachers do is create a coherent social environment in their classroom in which learners want to learn and the students themselves sustain the activities through which they learn." - my advisor, Dr. Alan Davis

Luca Maccagno
Graduate Research Assistant
Luca Maccagno
Graduate Research Assistant

Expertise/Education: English Language Development, diverse learners/populations. BA in English from Sam Houston State University; currently pursuing MA in Education and Human Development from University of Colorado Denver

Favorite quote: "I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." -Douglas Adams

OUR MISSION

Our mission is to stimulate and support innovation across Denver, to transform learning and public education systems.

OUR VISION

We envision public education that is radically reinvented by the communities it serves, is equitable in all its practices, and empowers all learners to thrive in their chosen path.

WHO WE ARE

 

To us, education is about human rights, social justice, and is the heart and soul of our country’s future. To us, as public educators, we have made a promise to ensure ALL students succeed. To fulfill this promise – to create a reality where our schools support all students and shape a just society – we must begin doing uncommon things uncommonly well. Doing common things, even when done uncommonly well, is no longer sufficient. Creating a new reality requires new ways of thinking, acting, and learning. It requires innovation.

In the Imaginarium, we do not waste the opportunity before us on the limitations of our imaginations or our fear of failure. We empower students, teachers, leaders, community stakeholders and staff to design and launch innovative schools, learning experiences, products and services, and education policies and systems. The core principles of human centered design merged with best practices in research, strategic planning, and cultural proficiency is our unique approach to empowering community and school driven innovation. This approach is known as the Imaginarium way.

We study and share the impact of innovations on student success across DPS and the nation to fuel ongoing innovation. We support people who dare to explore creative solutions to challenging problems and see opportunities where others see walls.

 

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CREATIVITY IS PUTTING YOUR IMAGINATION TO WORK, AND IT'S PRODUCED THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS IN HUMAN CULTURE.

- KEN ROBINSON