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Philip Bernhardt


Teacher Education, Education


Backwards design, General instructional practices (planning, assessment, classroom management), Curricular alignment with state/common core standards, Formative assessment, Performance-based assessment, Project-based learning, New teacher induction, Effective instructional practices, New teacher mentoring and preparation, Social studies as a subject area, Teacher retention

Degree: Ed.D

Title: Associate Professor

Department: School of Education


Office Phone: 303-615-0191

Social Media: Linkedin


Philip E. Bernhardt, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Secondary Education, K-12 Education and Educational Technology in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver.  

From July 2013 - August 2017 he served as the founding chair of the Department of Secondary Education, K-12 Education and Educational Technology. Bernhardt has spent nearly two decades working in public schools, including eight years as a secondary social studies teacher working in co-taught classrooms. In fall 2016, Bernhardt was selected by the Association of Teacher Educators (ATE) as a clinical practice fellow and currently serves as co-author and senior research associate of a 5-year National Science Foundation Noyce Scholars grant. He regularly presents at national and regional conferences. 

His professional development interests and expertise include co-teaching, backwards design, performance assessment, effective instructional practices, new teacher mentoring and induction, and supporting middle and high schools establish course placement norms to help students access advanced-level coursework. Bernhardt has published articles in numerous journals including American Secondary Education, The Community School Journal, Current Issues in Education, The Field Experience Journal, and Educational Leadership. He is collaborating on a textbook for middle school students entitled, “Digital Wellness: Promoting Life Skills for Thriving in a Connected World” and recently had a chapter published in, “Teaching Social Studies: A Methods Book for Methods Teachers.”

Bernhardt received his doctorate in curriculum and instruction from George Washington University, Washington, DC and Master of Arts in Teaching in social studies education from Boston University. He currently holds a Colorado professional teaching license in social studies education (7-12).

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