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Centers and Partnerships

The Center for Advancing Practice, Education & Research (CAPER) supports and expands the mission and vision of the School of Education & Human Development by engaging in entrepreneurial activities, research, professional development, technical assistance, outreach, engagement and policy and advocacy. We strive to serve as a partner and resource on a local and national level through dissemination of research that affects children, schools and education practice. CAPER is dedicated to outcomes that raise the quality and accessibility of public education to impact and foster student opportunity and achievement. We are home to the following funded projects and affiliated organizations:

Center for Evidence Based Practices in Early Learning (CEBPEL)

Barbara Smith, research professor

CEBPEL aims to develop, implement and evaluate comprehensive early intervention systems that address the developmental needs of young children with special needs, their families and the personnel who serve them. CEBPEL raises awareness and increases implementation of positive, evidence-based practices for the preventionand remediation of challenging behavior with a database to support those practices.

Center for Practice Engaged Education Research (C-PEER)

Kent Seidel, Director

The Center for Practice Engaged Education Research (C-PEER) is a network focused on re-imagining the relationship between researchers, educators, and community members to support schools and communities in improving their work on behalf of learners. We identify and investigate promising education practices to address challenging problems in education and to learn from promising research findings.

Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT)

Julie Oxenford O'Brian, Director

The Center for Transforming Learning and Teaching (CTLT) was established as an initiative within the School of Education & Human Development at CU Denver in 2003. Today, the Center works with educators across the US to catalyze and co-create the transformation of learning environments through the use of assessment so that all are engaged in learning and empowered to positively contribute in a global society. We pursue our mission by: Creating and providing professional learning experiences to K-12 educators that support effective use of assessment strategies and tools; Coaching and embedding the use of assessment as a support for learning within classroom settings; Planning, developing and facilitating professional learning communities; Developing, supporting and bringing forward models of practice; Convening practitioners to bring out the best thinking; and engaging educators at the intersection of theory and practice.

The Evaluation Center

Bonnie Walters, Executive Director

The Evaluation Center offers a full range of evaluation services to our clients, including designing and conducting evaluations, integrating qualitative and quantitative analyses, and disseminating findings in a useful and meaningful way. We will work with you to develop a comprehensive plan that meets your unique needs, which will help you learn about and improve your program, as well as providing a rigorous and objective analysis of your program’s progress and effectiveness.
The Evaluation Center is unique among program evaluation groups because we operate as an autonomous not-for-profit entity embedded within the University of Colorado Denver. This provides us with access to resources including:

  • Use of the university library for obtaining research literature,
  • Relationships with experts in content and methodology, and
  • A network of professional connections across the community and country
The Faculty Research Support Center

Courtney Donovan, director

The School of Education & Human Development Faculty Research Support Center was designed to respond to the research and funding needs of faculty. It brings coherence, support and continuity to research efforts by creating a space and a place for research development and services. The Faculty Research Support Center’s mission is to assist in establishing a strong research record for each SEHD faculty member in a disciplined, sustained and focused approach to inquiry that has the potential to impact knowledge in the field and practice in the educational community. The center accomplishes this by (1) providing a space in which research activities are highlighted, supported and nurtured and (2) being responsive to faculty research interests.​​

NxtGEN Teacher Residency

NxtGEN is a new innovative partnership between the University of Colorado Denver and the Denver Public Schools (DPS) which recruits, prepares, and supports our next generation of diverse and talented teachers.

Paraeducator Resource and Research Center (PAR²A)

Ritu Chopra, assistant research professor

PAR²A promotes optimum learning for all students through research and training on the roles, responsibilities, career development, preparation, supervision and employment of paraprofessionals and is designed for paraprofessionals, school professionals and administrators in public education.

Partnership for Learning, Innovation and Progress (PLIP)

Rod L. Blunck, Director

The Partnership for Leadership, Innovation and Progress (PLIP) is a full-spectrum, senior consulting and professional services organization, consisting of current and former Senior Executive Level Educational Administrators, with unparalleled knowledge, experience and insight. These skills are used to assist all educational organizations in matching systems, technologies, services and capabilities with members’ needs and requirements; and in assisting entities through analysis and advisory tasks.

PLIP’s exclusive strength lies in the vast range of experience and perspectives of our faculty & functions in providing “just in time training” as well as developing local, state, national and international practitioner connectivity.

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