Ritu Chopra, executive director of the PAR2A Center and associate research professor at CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development (SEHD), received the 2012 Colorado TED Excellence in Teacher Educator Award at the Courage to Risk Conference in Colorado Springs held Jan. 26, 2013.
The Colorado TED Excellence in Teacher Educator Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to one of the following: (a) teacher education in special education, (b) preparation of future leaders and/or quality educators, and (c) research supporting the preparation of teachers and/or delivery of services to children with disabilities, legislative leadership, and scholarly works.
Chopra received this recognition because she is a local and national role model in the field of special education for aspiring educators. She accomplishes a magnitude of work preparing paraprofessionals, teachers and other educators to serve students with special needs. Her scholarship is also very impressive and includes funded grants and contracts, book chapters, refereed articles, technical reports, published conference proceedings and a multitude of invited and refereed presentations.