Dan Lutz, Ph.D.


The founding father of Denver’s international schools, Dan began his education career and passion for international education as a high school teacher in the Teacher Corps in New York and the Peace Corps in Afghanistan. After completing a Master’s degree in Cross-Cultural Education and training new Peace Corps Volunteers in Iran, he returned to teach in Denver Public Schools where he developed and directed a high school international studies magnet program for twenty-one years. He assisted in establishing this foundation as a key support for the students in that program.

Dan completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum Leadership at the University of Denver in 1992 and taught graduate global education classes for teachers. One of the originators of the Korean Heritage Camp for families with adopted children from that country, he served on the Board of Directors for Colorado Heritage Camps. The organization sponsors separate camps for families with children adopted from a variety of other countries. He co-founded the International Studies Schools Association in 2000, a function of the Center for Teaching International Relations.

Dan led the expansion of the high school program he directed into the creation and development of Denver Center for International Studies (DCIS), a magnet school for grades 6-12, and served as its first principal. As school liaison to the DCIS Foundation Board he supported the expansion of its purview as the new school became established. Based on the DCIS school model he directed the proposal and development of the initial design framework of DCIS at Montbello and DCIS at Ford. He currently works as a consultant for Denver Public Schools in assisting in the continued development of all three DCIS schools. These schools belong to a national network of international studies schools which share a common design framework. Dan is on the leadership team of this network and serves as its Central Regional Coordinator.

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