Denise Davis, Ed.D
Dr. Denise Davis believes that authenticity is the soul of education and experience is its heart. These beliefs reflect her passion for education and the focus of the educational work she has done for over twenty years. She has extensive experience working with curriculum and instruction, teacher education, faculty and administrator development, and creating invigorating classroom environments. She has worked in multiple roles including classroom teacher (K-12), college professor, administrator and educational consultant. She has served as a faculty member at The Ohio State University, the University of Akron, and John Carroll University. Her most extensive employment involved working as the director of an innovative site-based graduate degree teacher education program which involved implementing cutting-edge teaching strategies, faculty development, curriculum design and parent orientations.
Dr. Davis’ keenest interests involve helping schools use the curriculum to help improve the quality and depth of learning. Examples would include bringing ideas into reality; creating an exciting curriculum while implementing standards; revising a curriculum to make it more experiential, more engaging, and more compelling; or designing curriculum within a division or school so that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. She has also found that a well developed and clearly articulated curriculum is one of the best marketing tools a school can have.
Dr. Davis has consulted with public districts and private schools, including single sex schools, and has worked for reformative institutions such as the Institute for Educational Renewal, an innovative institution dedicated to improving and renewing education for children in urban districts. Her consultant work includes professional development at all levels, a full range of curriculum design and development, working to enhance classroom management and environment, development of authentic assessment tools, and aligning curriculum with standards. Dr. Davis’ current work has involved the founding of The New Teachers College in Cleveland, Ohio and the on-going initiative to secure the required authorizations for the College to offer the master’s degree in education.
Dr. Davis received her B.A. from Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, her M.A. in sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, and her doctorate in sociology and education from Teachers College, Columbia University.