Dr. Philip Bernhardt is Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Secondary Education, K-12 Education, & Educational Technology at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Bernhardt’s professional development expertise includes backwards design, performance assessment, effective instructional practices, new teacher mentoring and induction, and supporting middle and high schools establish course placement policies and norms aimed at expanding student access to advanced-level coursework.
Dr. Bernhardt has spent more than 15 years working in public schools, including eight years as a secondary social studies teacher working in team-taught environments. He has presented at numerous national and regional conferences on the barriers to higher education, academic tracking, professional development, curriculum design and assessment, and teacher preparation, induction, and mentoring. Dr. Bernhardt has also published articles in numerous journals including American Secondary Education, The Community School Journal, Current Issues in Education, The Field Experience Journal, and Educational Leadership. Dr. Bernhardt is also currently working on a textbook for elementary and middle school students entitled, Digital Citizenship: Navigating a Connected World.
Dr. Bernhardt earned his M.A.T. in Social Studies Education from Boston University and received his Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from George Washington University in Washington, DC. He currently holds a Colorado Professional Teaching License in Social Studies Education (7-12). Dr. Bernhardt is married with two children, Emma Charlotte and Oliver Thomas.