Nov 012012

DCIS founder Dan Lutz to receive AMG National Trust Bank Award for Exceptional Community Service

Veteran Denver educator Dan Lutz and DCIS Foundation board member has been named the 2012 winner of the AMG National Trust Bank Award for Exceptional Community Service, presented annually by the Rotary Club of Denver.

Dr. Lutz will be honored at Rotary’s Branch Rickey Award dinner, Sat., Nov. 10 at the Denver Marriott Downtown.  R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets is this year’s winner of the Branch Rickey Award that recognizes individuals in baseball who contribute unselfishly to their communities and who are strong role models for young people.

Rotary initiated the ECS award in 2010 to recognize someone locally whose work has resulted in sustained improvement in the community, and has helped children experience diverse and challenging educational opportunities regardless of economic or social background. Previous honorees include Earl Wright in 2010 and Jim and Scotty Wilkins in 2011.

Dr. Lutz has been a teacher and leader in Denver Public Schools for over 35 years, and was the developer and founder of the Denver Center for International Studies magnet program that he later expanded into a stand-alone magnet school.  After directing the program for 21 years, he served as DCIS principal for another four years.  Since then he has helped develop three more DCIS schools for DPS.  He co-founded a national association of pre-collegiate international studies programs and schools in 2000, and currently consults with the International Studies Schools Network of Asia Society (ISSN), a national network of international studies schools.

Dr. Lutz 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.  His career has included training new Peace Corps Volunteers in Iran, helping initiate the development of Korean Heritage Camp for families with adopted children from that country, serving on the Board of Directors for Colorado Heritage Camps, and teaching a graduate global education class for teachers.

In 2008, he received the MetLife Foundation Ambassador in Education Award.  A member of Denver Rotary since 2005, Dr. Lutz said, “Rotarians are a constant source of inspiration as we all share the value of service, and know how that defines and expands our horizons.  That is what means so much to me with the young people in our schools as they complete their service requirements related to their global learning – when given the chance to make their education mean something to others the meaning and enrichment comes back to them and broadens their vision of life.

Click here for more information about purchasing tickets for the Branch Rickey Award annual dinner or call 303-893-1919, ext. 105.

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