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2019 – 2020 Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program Cohort

DENVER (April, 2019) - We are pleased to announce the 12th cohort of Buell fellows. The Buell Foundation in partnership with University of Colorado Denver and Clayton Early Learning have invited another set of diverse early childhood leaders to join the Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program to begin in May 2019.

SEHD’s NxtGEN and Pathways2Teaching featured in EdWeek

DENVER (January, 2018) - By all accounts, Angel Magana is a natural-born teacher. Growing up, he spent hours teaching his two younger siblings what he learned in school.

SEHD undergraduate learning communities bolster student success

DENVER (January, 2018) - The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) has started two new learning communities for undergraduate students: the Curious Teacher Learning Community, focused on changing lives through teaching in culturally and linguistically diverse settings, and the bilingual Familias y Justicia, or Families and Justice Learning Community, focused on effectively serving culturally and linguistically diverse individuals and families.

Dean Kantor confers master’s degree on her daughter

DENVER (December, 2017) - Maxine Martin was one of more than 1,200 new graduates honored on Saturday at CU Denver Fall Commencement 2017. But she was the only one who received her diploma from her own mother, Rebecca Kantor, dean of the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD).

Geeta Verma, SEHD faculty member, named co-editor of Journal of Science Teacher Education

DENVER (December, 2017) - Geeta Verma, PhD, has something to celebrate. The associate professor of science education, was named co-editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education, the flagship journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education and the only English-language journal focused exclusively on science teacher education.

ASPIRE to Teach alumna takes the path les​s traveled

DENVER (December, 2017) - Three years ago, Lucia Cordovano landed a teaching job. Two years ago, she earned her alternative teaching license. This year, the CU Denver ASPIRE alumna received the Outstanding New Educator Award from the National Association for Alternative Certification (NAAC).

Manuel Espinoza and student researchers advocate for learning, dignity and educational rights

DENVER (November, 2017) - University of Colorado Denver’s Manuel Espinoza, associate professor of Educational Foundations, School of Education & Human Development, and a group of 10 first-generation college students and alumni are on a mission to change the way we view educational rights. Collectively, they are preparing to write and publish an argument for a major law review. The argument could find practical application in amicus curiae briefs — briefs offering information and advice to the court on a matter of law — to courts hearing cases that deal with education.

Student in the MA + Teacher Licensure program puts his passion for teaching social studies into action

DENVER (November, 2017) - Avondine Hill is passionate about becoming the kind of teacher who transforms his students’ lives. Although he is still a student in the MA + Teacher Licensure program at CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development, he is already putting his passion for teaching social studies into action.

HDFR students engage in service learning in a pumpkin patch

DENVER (October, 2017) - You know what they say in Colorado: if you don’t like the weather, just wait 20 minutes. On the way to Ollin Farms in Longmont, the skies were gray and menacing over the mountains. A few minutes after the students arrived in the fields, however, the clouds cleared and the sun was shining. It was perfect pumpkin harvest weather.

CU Denver’s Bianco named Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador

DENVER (February, 2017) - An associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver who works to pave the way for students of color to become future teachers has been named the University of Colorado’s Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador.

Student finds her strengths in new program

DENVER (November, 2016) - Ashleigh Adams envisions her brain as a series of folders that she has to open and close in order to access information and memories. Sometimes she has to check a lot of folders before she finds what she’s looking for, and that can take a long time.

Hagerman brings extensive public school experience to CU Denver

DENVER (September, 2016) - Shannon Hagerman, PhD, was the type of principal you would hope to have at your children’s school.

Campaign rhetoric 'impacts people's mental health'

DENVER (MARCH, 2016) - A wall along the U.S.-Mexican border. Calls to deport anyone not here legally. Comments that besmirch Mexicans. Such statements and generalizations have made headlines in recent years, and have even found their way into the political discourse of the presidential campaign. The drumbeat is resulting in growing anxiety among people in underrepresented and marginalized communities, says Diane Estrada, PhD, associate professor of counseling in the School of Education & Human Development.

Teacher by Day Comedian by Night

DENVER (FEBRUARY, 2016) - For Chris Voth, a doctoral student in CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development, the early days of being a standup comedian were more like “The Road Warrior.” “I did a lot of eight-, nine-hour drives to make $100 at one-nighters,” he says. “It’s a lot like getting a pilot’s license. You need a certain amount of hours performing on stage, getting into bad situations and figuring out … What do I need to do to make my act work?”

Cordova takes on leadership of Denver Public Schools

DENVER (JANUARY, 2016) - Until July 1, responsibility for overseeing Denver Public Schools‘ (DPS) 185 schools and 87,398 students will be in the hands of CU Denver alumna Susana Cordova.

Master's in Education ranked in top 40 nation-wide

DENVER (JANUARY, 2016) - The University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) was rated as one of the top 40 programs in the nation according to the latest U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Rankings released today.

Aswad Allen quoted in Chalkbeat Colorado story about the need to improve academic inequities for students from diverse backgrounds

DENVER (December, 2015) - Colorado educators are reworking curricula, retraining staff and adopting new programs to raise the academic skills of their lowest performing students, according to a Rocky Mountain PBS analysis of a decade’s worth of educational benchmar​ks in the state’s 20 largest school districts.

Student Martha Chavez helps refugees and Colorado's underserved

DENVER (December, 2015) - Martha Chavez’s freshman-year volunteer work at Sun Valley Youth Center changed her career goals and her major at CU Denver. The center is a spark of hope in one of Colorado’s most underserved neighborhoods, a community with a large number of refugees who are striving for better schools, better jobs, better nutrition and better overall opportunities.

CADRE Center to Study the Use of Concept Inventories in Genetics and STEM Education

DENVER (April, 2015) - The W. M. Keck Foundation has awarded a $300,000 grant to CU-Boulder School of Education Professor Derek Briggs and CU Denver School of Education & Human Development Professor Bud Talbot, and CU-Boulder Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) Instructor Jenny Knight to study the usefulness of popular “concept inventories” as assessments of undergraduate student learning.

Student Jennifer Morris received Early Childhood Educator of the Year

DENVER (March, 2015) - University of Colorado Denver School of Education & Human Development student Jennifer Morris received the Early Childhood Educator of the Year 2015 from Douglas County School District. During the awards ceremony, Jennifer was described as being "incredibly attentive to the growth and health of all the kids in her class."

CU Denver Wins $8.5 Million Five-Year Teacher Preparation Grant

DENVER (September 26, 2014) -Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that the University of Colorado Denver has won a five-year grant totaling $8,523,405 grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Teacher Quality Partnership Grant program. CU Denver will use the grant to fund its NxtGEN Teacher Preparation Program and recruit, prepare, and retain 340 teachers for urban and rural schools in Colorado. The grant will be distributed over a five-year period, beginning with $1.267 million this year.

CU Denver launches unique membership community for educators

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.

CU Denver study links self-identified ethnic labels to cultural values

DENVER (July 31, 2014) – A recently released study by a researcher at the University of Colorado Denver and published in the Journal of Humanistic Counseling explores why people of Latin American descent self-identify using terms like Latina/o, Hispanic, and Chicana/o. Carlos Hipolito-Delgado, an associate professor in the School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver, found a difference between preferred ethnic labels and how a person identifies with their cultural heritage and United States values.

SEHD alum Gilberto Palomino named Colorado’s Online and Blended Teacher of the Year

June 5, 2014 - Gilberto Palomino, math teacher at Denver Online High School and alumnus of CU Denver’s Information and Learning Technologies Program in the School of Education & Human Development, received recognition on Colorado Public Radio today for receiving Colorado Department of Education’s Online and Blended Learning Teacher of the Year award. Palomino provides “relentless” support for his students using a plethora of multimedia tools including videos, screen capture and interactive features such as MS Movie Maker and Mac iMovie. He also uses cloud applications to edit interactive features such as GoAnimate.

DPS to Partner with MSU and CU Denver to Invest in Aspiring Teachers’ Education

The Denver Public Schools (DPS) is forging a groundbreaking partnership with two local universities to invest in aspiring teachers’ education while they are still earning an undergraduate teaching degree. College seniors at Metropolitan State University at Denver and the University of Colorado Denver who are working toward a bachelor’s degree and teaching license will have the opportunity to become student teacher residents in a DPS school for a full year under the mentorship of a master teacher. This greatly strengthens the practical learning experience for aspiring teachers in their final year as an undergraduate. The partnership will present an opportunity for student teachers to work directly with a veteran DPS teacher for the year, receiving critical support, mentorship and feedback during their senior year of college before becoming a first year teacher.

SEHD's Black Education Impact Conference Featured on Colorado Public Radio

The Black Education Impact Conference, an event designed to bring attention to Colorado’s educational culture gap and to encourage group and individual ownership of our youth’s education and development, took place on Monday, May 12 in the Tivoli Turnhalle (900 Auraria Parkway) on the Auraria Campus.

New for SEHD undergraduates - Student Teacher Residency with Denver Public Schools.

CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) looks forward to expanding the options available to our undergraduates through the Student Teacher Residency with Denver Public Schools (DPS). This new venture will significantly enhance our rich 20-plus year history of partnering with DPS to prepare exceptional urban teachers. It will allow our candidates to be immersed in strong DPS classrooms for even more time, gain their added endorsement in linguistically diverse education, and it will allow SEHD to more deeply partner with district leaders around the development of curriculum that is context-specific to DPS.

Nancy Commins Keynote Speaker for 2014 Teacher in Europe Conference in the Netherlands

Nancy Commins, senior instructor (clinical professor) in the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education Program at University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education & Human Development was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Teacher in Europe Conference themed “Open Your Mind, Open Your Classroom” which was held at Fontys University on April 14, 15 and 16, 2014 in Sittard in the Netherlands.

Heather Johnson receives major award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Heather Johnson, PhD, assistant professor in Mathematics Education at University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education & Human Development received the Linking Research and Practice Outstanding Publication Award from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 during the NCTM Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Cheryl Matias Receives Major Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA)

Cheryl Matias, PhD, assistant professor from University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education & Human Development was awarded the 2014 Innovations in Research on Diversity in Teacher Education Award from the America Educational Research Association (AERA) Division K – Teaching and Teacher Education on April 4, 2014 at the AERA annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Inaugural Education & Society Lecture about Climate Change a Success

The 125 CU Denver students, faculty and staff who attended the Inaugural Education & Society Lecture entitled “What Kind of Courage Do We Need Right Now? Moral Courage in a Time of Climate Catastrophe” presented by the School of Education & Human Development’s Educational Foundations program, left the Lawrence Street Center on Tuesday, March 18 with a climate change discussion guide and many thoughtful questions on their mind, including: “How are they going to top that lecture next year?”

SEHD online graduate programs ranked 29 by U.S. News and World Report

(January 8, 2014)University of Colorado Denver's School of Education & Human Development has once again scored highly in today's U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Graduate Education Programs, ranking #29 in the nation.

New Bachelor's Degree

(August 20, 2013)SEHD will offer a four year, 126-credit-hour BA with three areas of study: early childhood education, elementary education and special education.

SEHD responds to NCTQ Report
Noting Inaccuracies in the Evaluation of the CU Denver Programs

(June 19, 2013) Yesterday, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ), an advocacy group with no official status, released ratings of teacher education programs in Colorado and the nation, rating most as inadequate. The nation’s education leaders are highly critical of this group’s methods, as well as their obvious political agenda...

CU Denver Alum Wins Best Assistant Principal in Nation

(March 2, 2013) Congratulations to Matthew Willis (EdS, Administrative Leadership & Policy Studies with a Principal License, 2009) who received the 2013 National Assistant Principal of the Year award on March 2, 2013. Willis, a graduate of CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development, is the Assistant Principal at William C. Hinkley High School in Aurora, CO.

Buell Early Childhood Leadership Certificate

(January, 2013)We have joined the Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation and the Institute at Clayton Early Learning to offer this new 18-credit-hour certificate. Each admitted student receives a full tuition scholarship. Details/Apply

Pathways2Teaching Students Meet Denver Mayor

(October 29, 2012) On October 29th, students affiliated with CU Denver’s Pathways2Teaching program met with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock at the Teachers of Color and Allies Summit.

U.S. Department of Education Recognizes SEHD Autism Research

August 3, 2012 - Phil Strain, PhD and Ted Bovey have been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Studies in a What Works Clearinghouse review/report.

CompuGirls Program Highlighted on 9News

A summer program for teenage girls at the School of Education & Human Development is working to close the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and math. Teachers in the program are master’s degree students in the school.

TLINC® 2.0: Empowering Teachers with Mobile Devices

July 5, 2012 —CU Denver’s Urban Community Teacher Education program is featured in a video produced by the National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future regarding the TLINC® 2.0 project. TLINC 2.0 empowers student teachers at five universities with mobile devices. Face-to-face and online professional learning communities encourage student teachers, mentor teachers and faculty to reflect on their practice, share goals, progress, challenges and lessons learned.

University of Colorado Denver’s Pyramid Plus expands statewide reach in effort to help more young children with social emotional development

Pyramid Plus: The Colorado Center for Social Emotional Competence and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver is pleased to announce that it will expand its statewide reach, thanks to a new $811,810 grant from The Colorado Health Foundation. The Foundation has provided funding to increase the number of children served as well as support training efforts at the Pyramid Plus Center housed at CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development.

CU Denver’s School of Education Ranks in U.S. News & World Report’s Top 100 List

(March 13, 2012) The U.S. News list includes essential, detailed statistical information on more than 1,200 graduate programs nationwide

Challenge and Change Attract New Dean

(March 1, 2012) Rebecca Kantor couldn’t resist the appeal of taking on a new challenge at a dynamic institution that serves its urban community and is located in the heart of a growing and energetic city.

10 Ways CU Denver's School of Education Went Green and Saved Money at the Same Time

(July 7, 2011) Get Green is an incentive program designed by a mix of staff and faculty at the CU Denver's School of Education & Human Development who are determined to educate and encourage faculty, staff and students to adopt greener habits.

A partnership for transforming schools and connecting communities

(August 19, 2010) The launch of a new program, Urban Community Teacher Education, answers the call from districts across the Denver metro area for new teachers who have the knowledge, skills and experience essential to ensuring K-12 student success in increasingly diverse classrooms.

Science Education featured on 9News

(June 22, 2009) Professor Mike Marlow and his students are making news with their trek up Mt. Kilimanjaro.

New EdD Degree Approved

(April 6, 2009) It’s an attractive option for working professionals who want to take action on the critical challenges facing urban and diverse schools and communities.

New School of Education & Human Development Web site launches!

(March 3, 2009) Visit to check out the new site features including homepage videos, an academic programs flash interactive tool and a video testimonials page. 

Lynn K. Rhodes Endowed Faculty Award

(February 23, 2009) Dean Lynn Rhodes has created an endowment of $25,000 to establish the first faculty award in the School of Education Human Development.

Free Therapy Sessions for DPS Students and Families

(May 12, 2008) The Student and Community Counseling Center at the University of Colorado Denver provides one of the best values in Denver - free and low-cost professional therapy to community members willing to take the important step.

P-20 Education Expert Joins CU Denver

(September 2, 2008) Janet Lopez to coordinate, enhance and provide support for research, service and academic programming across the multiple CU Denver colleges, schools and academic units that engage in P-20 Education work.

Michelle Thompson: "Time for Leadership"

(November 3, 2008) Instructional Learning Technology alumnus Michelle Thompson built a learning and development department at Janus, and it now is ranked No. 1 in the country by the American Society of Training and Development.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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