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Dreamcatcher Direct Instruction Centers

Contact Information


Kay Thomson
403 B 5th Street
PO Box 1466
Berthoud, CO 80513

Phone: (970) 443-7111


Margo Barnhart
1908 Mahogany Way
Windsor, CO 80550

Phone: (970) 631-5917

General Information

Effectiveness Data:
Type of Organization: For Profit Company, Other
consulting and educational provider
Organization is best described as: For-Profit
Age of Firm / Number of Years in Operation: 15 years
Level(s) services may be provided: - Elementary
- Middle
- High School
- District
Provides performance guarantees in contract: NO
Educational Services Provided Comprehensive Turnaround Provider
Curriculum Alignment
District Culture
Dropout Prevention and Intervention Services
Educator Effectiveness
Professional Development
School and District Improvement
Staff Evaluation
Family and Community Support
Specific Content Area :
reading, spelling, writing, math, test prep, ASD services, early childhood social skills, bullyproofing for elem. students, early childhood literacy skills, and ELL services

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in Colorado:

As an SES provider: DPS-Scott Gorsky, Aurora-Brian Bowles, St. Vrain-Regina Renaldi, Thompson-Roger Quintanilla, Weld Dist. 6 (Greeley)-Cathy Fitch, Adams 12-Victoria Jatko, Adams 14-Janell Sueltz, Adams 50-Ginger Zukowski, Summit County-Robin O'Meara, Weld RE 9 Ault schools-Sue Ann highland, Boulder Valley SD-Mim Campos,

Recent References:

Foothills Gateway, Fort Collins, CO Case Manager
Boys and Girls Club, Greeley, CO _Sean Mallander Unit Director

Name of Schools/ Districts that this organization has served in other states:

Hyannis SD, Hyannis, NE. Mike Davis, former Superintendent: <>

Greenbrae ES, Dr. Rose Kane, principal, Reno, NV. (775) 857-4947

Amherst Regional School District, Amherst, Ma.

Qualifications of this Organization (licensure, trademark, etc.):

Margo Barnhart, Ed.D. Harvard, former Superintendent of Schools, central office administrator for student services in multiple states. Currently professor of elementary and secondary education.

Kay D Thomson, M.A., UNC, extensive experience teaching Severe ED/probation youth, consultant with expertise in staff development, classroom management, and curriculum implementation, owner/Director of Loveland/Berthoud Dreamcatcher Direct Instruction Centers for 12 years.

Iris Lee, CEO for 15 years of Boulder Dreamcatcher Direct Instruction Centers, Inc., Executive Director of Legacy for Learning, Nonprofit.

Rey Ramirez, M.MS Fort Leavenworth College, School and Community Partnerships Developer and liason.

Dreamcatcher program team: numerous backgrounds with extensive program management, data collection, effective teaching practices, and implementation of programs.

Qualifications of Instructors/ Staff that Provide Services:

Instructors are certified and/or licensed based upon assignment in the Turnaround. Many are retired from fields specific to their assignment.


Competitive costs will be determined after a needs assessment defines required services.

Explanation of how we are able to provide differentiated services to meet the individual needs of schools and districts.

Because schools, districts, students, education professionals and communities have diverse needs, we recommend following an initial complimentary consultation, that an extensive needs assessment be conducted. Services to be rendered will be defined in a cooperatively drawn contract.

How will we evaluate our services and support to schools and districts and its effectiveness in school/ district/ student achievement?

Assessments will include pre, formative, and summative evaluations as specified in cooperatively drawn contract. We use both norm referenced and criterion referenced tests.

Sample of services offered for a school or district:

Under 500 Students:

We can offer services in the areas of staff development, literacy coaching, RTI strategies, early literacy preparation, social skills, bully proofing, drop out prevention, Ell, math, and core curriculum. In multiple sites, we have brought scores for ALL students up significantly.
In Hyannis, Ne, for example, the district received the highest reading scores in the state in school year 2010-2011!

We have demonstrated we can tailor services classroom by classroom, target special and/or diverse needs students, or complete whole school transformation.

500-1000 Students:

See description for "under 500 students."

We can provide additional, and detailed information in each of the areas we checked above in hard copy or electronic form.

1000+ Students:

See description for "under 500 students."

Additional and more detailed information available upon request.

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