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Centers & Large Grants


The following is a list of policy research centers and large grants with a P-20 education connection that can be found at the University of Colorado Denver with website and/or contact information where available.  Please feel free to contact us to add to this list.


Center for Applied Science and Mathematics for Innovation and Competitiveness


Website: CASMIC

CASMIC is designed to promote partnerships between the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center, school districts, other institutions of higher education, and the business sector to: Create opportunities for all students to develop the knowledge and skills necessary for career exploration in disciplines requiring math and science, advocate for policy that promotes teaching, learning, and research of math and science in applied settings, examine behavioral and social environments and their influence on math and science learning, bridge gaps across K-20 schools, colleges and universities, community advocates, and business partners so that students can harness math and science to be competitive in a global society and promote innovation across the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology to expand interdisciplinary learning, teaching, and research, CASMIC began with funding from former math and science grant with NSF, and funded the Rocky Mountain Math and Science Partnership (12.5 million dollars),  as well as other grants that supported development of courses on-line, DPS summer teacher internships,  and teaching innovation fellows.  


Center on Domestic Violence

Website: Center on Domestic Violence

The Center’s goal is to end domestic violence by fostering institutional and social change through leadership development, education, research, and community collaboration. Currently the Center is working on a grant to utilize TANF (Temporary Assistance to Needy Families) to train school counselors, nurses and teachers on how to better identify and provide the appropriate resources to a child who is experiencing DV in the home.  Recently, the Colorado Statewide Strategic Use Fund awarded a grant to an interdisciplinary team from the Center on Domestic Violence and School of Education to carry out a project called END Violence.  Through this project, five domestic violence specialists will be hired and trained, who will then train and assist personnel such as the school nurse, counselor, and social worker in 25 schools along the Front Range – at no cost to the school.  Once trained, these school personnel, with the help of the on-site DV specialist, will be better equipped to identify students who have witnessed domestic violence, facilitate access to intervention services for child victims and their families, and coordinate educational training programs in the school that encourage healthy relationship and teach conflict resolution skills. Both the schools and students will benefit.


Center on Reinventing Public Education

Website: CRPE

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) Denver was created in 2007, as part of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.  It is a satellite office of  the Center on Reinventing Public Education, which for 15 years has been one of the nation’s leading think tanks on new approaches to education reform.  Under the leadership of Paul Hill, CRPE’s national program of research and analysis examines a range of alternatives that rethink and challenge current systems in urban school systems.  UCD’s Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) staffs CRPE Denver.  Dr. Paul Teske, Dean of UCD's School of Public Affairs, directs CRPE Denver.



Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA)


Website: CEPA

CEPA's mission is to provide applied research and program evaluation, strategic planning, and facilitation that enhance the capacity of local and national education communities to make informed decisions and solve problems, especially to ensure the most efficacious use of public resources and improve access and outcomes for disadvantaged populations. CEPA focuses on preK-12 policy issues, (governance, finance, leadership, management, standards development, school readiness, parent involvement, school choice, competition and parent information issues) and higher education systems integration issues. CEPA staff employ their diverse educational and professional backgrounds when working with communities and organizations to provide applied research and program evaluation, and, planning and problem solving assistance.

The Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) Denver was created in 2007, as part of the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver.  It is a satellite office of  the Center on Reinventing Public Education, which for 15 years has been one of the nation’s leading think tanks on new approaches to education reform.  Under the leadership of Paul Hill, CRPE’s national program of research and analysis examines a range of alternatives that rethink and challenge current systems in urban school systems.  UCD’s Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA) staffs CRPE Denver.  Dr. Paul Teske, Dean of UCD's School of Public Affairs, directs CRPE Denver.


Colorado Center for Public Humanities

Website: Center for Public Humanities

The Colorado Center for Public Humanities takes as its core belief that the broad mission of the humanities disciplines (English, History, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Art History, Musicology) is to enrich public discussions about art, ideas, the historical past, and the diverse cultures of the world. Scholars can only accomplish this mission by continuously reassessing the interests and needs of the wider public and by forging connections with groups and institutions outside the university’s walls. The center serves as a think-tank to investigate the public value of the humanities disciplines in relation to historical change by sponsoring programs that help to clarify the roles that humanities-based scholarship can play within the region, the nation, and the world more generally. The center as serves to engage humanities scholars toward extra-academic communities. In pursuing this objective, the Center will support scholars whose research programs are designed to reach civic groups outside the university walls and to benefit from the involvement of these groups.


Education Compact

The Denver Education Compact's creates a community education vision and then supports strategies and initiatives that will achieve success for every child and youth in Denver from cradle to career.  Below are a list of materials that are shared in advance of the October 11th kick-off meeting.

  • Denver Preschool Program Annual Report
  • Denver Public Schools Denver Plan Update
  • Denver Scholarship Foundation College Success Update
  • Denver Public Schools Postsecondary Data

    Evaluation Center

    Website: Evaluation Center

    The Evaluation Center is currently under contract to evaluate three National Science Foundation math and science initiatives providing professional development for middle school teachers; one teacher education program; a professional development program for improving literacy skills K-12; a teachers’ pay for performance program; a small schools initiative; a youth workforce development program; a College of Nursing; and a major initiative that is slated to transform medical research, education and practice in the State of Colorado. Each of these projects in some way addresses issues of equal access. Many of evaluations focus on the fidelity of the implementation, the impacts of implementation, impact on student achievement,  and value added assessments that can be of use to the clients being evaluated.


    GK-12 Graduate Grant 

    Website: GK-12 Graduate Grant

    Five-year grant by the National Science Foundation which supports sending 8 graduate students in mathematics and the sciences (GK-12 Fellows) into classrooms in Englewood and Jefferson County schools starting fall of 2008 to help build a learning community and assist science and mathematics teachers.Working with grades 6-8, GK-12 Fellows will focus on many facets of education in the middle grades in cooperation with a science and mathematics teacher with supervision by Mathematics and Science faculty from UC Denver. 


    IGERT: Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Grant

    Website: IGERT

    UC Denver received a prestigious $3.2M Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grant from the National Science Foundation to develop an innovative inter-disciplinary graduate program on sustainable urban infrastructure. The award supports 26 doctoral students during the five-year grant period from 2007-2012. The graduate program, the first of its kind in the country for its breadth across disciplines, spans the Colleges of Engineering, Architecture and Planning, Public Affairs, and Liberal Arts and Sciences.


    Laboratory for Education Research, Assessment and Innovation (LEARN)

    Website: LEARN

    LEARN conducts studies, provides technical support, and offers professional development in K-12 environments. Given the ethnic, linguistic and socio-economic diversity in the state of Colorado, we focus our attention on the urban and surrounding diverse communities in which the university resides.


    Latino/a Research and Policy Center

    Website: LRPC



    The vision of the Latino Research and Policy Center (LRPC) is to become nationally-renowned in higher education research, data, and a policy expert on education, criminal justice, immigration, and health disparities affecting Latino communities.  The mission of the LRPC is to increase collaborative partnerships with community-based organizations, higher education researchers, and state/city elected officials to work toward eliminating education, criminal justice, immigration, and health disparities affecting Latino communities in Colorado.  The Latino Research and Policy Center is now working in collaboration with the Colorado School of Public Health (CSPH) as well as the School of Education at the University of Colorado- Denver. Through this multi-departmental collaboration, a two-way flow of communication is established so that research data and information can be shared to better understand how education and health care disparities affect Latino communities.


    National Center for Children, Families and Communities

    Contact: School of Nursing

    Website: NCCFC

    The Center is devoted to research, development, and replication of effective programs that improve the lives of children and families in the context of the communities where they live.  A recent grant award included the replication of a successful nurse home visiting program.


    National Resource Center for Health & Safety in Child Care & Early Education

    Contact: School of Nursing 

    Website: NRC

    The National Resource Center is funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, HRSA. The NRC's primary mission is to promote health and safety in out-of-home child care settings throughout the nation. The standard resource for information concerning this subject is the Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs, Second Edition. Each state manages licensure of child care settings in different ways. The licensure regulations from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands are also available on this Website. The NRC updates this database as changes are made.


    Northeast Front Range Mathematics /Science Partnership


    This grant funds 90 additional teachers from four school districts (St. Vrain, Platte Canyon, Fort Lupton, and Adams 12) to participate in the Rocky Mountain Middle School Math and Science Partnership summer institutes. In addition, funding will be used to develop an articulation team of Teacher Leaders and higher education faculty to work on issues of secondary-post-secondary articulation.  The articulation team will analyze student work at the middle and high school levels and introductory college level for comparison and delineation of expectations. They will also make reciprocal classroom visits to view the secondary-college interface from the perspective of the “other” side.


    Positive Early Learning Experiences (PELE) Center


    Website: PELE Center

    Number of varied initiatives focusing on early learning and autism. For the past four years, funded by a U.S. Department of Education cooperative grant with the University of South Florida, Phil Strain and his staff have been conducting a randomized treatment trial of a new intervention approach for children in grades K-2 who have not responded successfully to school-based interventions for severe problem behavior--especially violent and aggressive behavior.  DPS is one of several national study sites and the team has successfully treated some 40 children to date.  Another initiative involves Denver Great Kids Head Start to establish one of their classrooms as a statewide demonstration site for the Teaching Pyramid Model, part of the nationwide Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning (CSEFEL).  CSEFEL provides products, training materials and system change strategies to prevent and remediate severe problem behavior in young children.


    Rocky Mountain Noyce Scholars Program (RMNSP)

    The 5-year National Science Foundation grant aims to recruit and offer scholarships to undergraduate students interested in becoming secondary math teachers in high needs settings.  Paid academic year and summer internship opportunities are available to freshman and sophomores who are interested in working with middle and high school students in an educational setting to see if becoming a math teacher may be something they want to pursue.  Scholarships of at least $14,000 per year are available for the last two years of study for undergraduates in the undergraduate math licensure program.  For additional information contact theProgram Director, Diana White, at


    Rocky Mountain-Middle School Math Science Partnership (RM-MSMSP) 

    Website: RM-MSMSP

    The University of Colorado Denver an in collaboration with four other institutions of higher education, seven school districts, one BOCES, and the National Science Foundation initiated the Rocky Mountain-Middle School Math and Science Partnership (RMMS-MSP) in fall 2004.  The purpose of the partnership is to increase student achievement in grades 6-8. Through the partnership, teachers participate in professional learning development courses and thus increase their impact on student learning through increasingly effective instruction in mathematics and science.  In addition, the teacher participants in the RM MSMSP professional learning will help create a cadre of mathematics and science leaders across Colorado. In addition to professional development of teachers, middle school students are able to participate in summer mathematics and science camps which will increase their understandings of central concepts in mathematics and science.


    The Rocky Mountain Prevention Research Center (RMPRC)


    The Center conducts school-based intervention and evaluation research aimed at increasing opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.  One of its key partners is the Denver Public Schools. Examples of the types of intervention and evaluation services provided by the Center include:
    DPS Livewell Project: The RMPRC has a subcontract with DPS to provide consultation on best practices for working with school health teams and information about evidence-based strategies to increase opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating. The RMPRC is working with the DPS wellness coordinator to create a tool designed to help schools evaluate the extent to which they are complying with their district's policy and implement evidence-based strategies aligned with their local wellness policy.

    SuperFoods Focus Groups:  DPS has asked the RMPRC to conduct focus groups with students about the DPS lunch program and its SuperFoods initiative. Enterprise Management of DPS would like student feedback about what’s working well with school lunch, what could be working better, and how its SuperFoods campaign is impacting students’ eating behavior.










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