DENVER (September 22, 2014) – The University of Colorado Denver is transforming the nature of professional learning for educators in Colorado. The new initiative called EDU (pronounced ed-u) offers continuing education options that can be likened to an educational co-op or an educator’s version of a gym.
EDU provides members with the flexibility to “drop in” for a variety of unlimited late afternoon, evening and Saturday sessions, or choose to engage in online modules, webinars, virtual coaching and online communities. Sessions are designed to help educators advance their careers while they are making a difference in the lives of their students. Membership in the program also includes access to a call-in hotline and drop-in conversations with an instructional coach for personalized support around challenging student behaviors, classroom management, stress management, career questions, pedagogy and instructional needs.
Facilitated by expert faculty members in the School of Education & Human Development at CU Denver, teacher leaders, and local and national consultants with current educational expertise, EDU is the first membership based professional learning initiative of its kind.
“We are reimagining what it is like to empower educators to be successful throughout their careers,” said Laura Summers, director of EDU. “EDU is a supportive, responsive community designed for educators by educators. It’s a safe, collaborative place for educators to grow professionally, socially and emotionally.”
The EDU calendar of events in October includes a range of learning opportunities from a legal support session for special education teachers to a multicultural book study to an award-winning documentary film about the challenges facing today’s young adults. Memberships are available to educators for $240 per year (only $20 per month).
“I plan on using EDU as a safe space to collaborate with a diverse community of teachers to improve my teaching. I also plan to use EDU to problem solve and implement school mandates.” said Deb Harding, a high school math teacher at Olde Columbine High School in St. Vrain Valley School District.
For more information, or to join, please visit: foreducators.org. EDU is located at 999 18th Street in Denver. Free parking is available for members.