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School of Education & Human Development


The School of Education and Human Development partners with several organizations in the community on various P-20 education related research projects, student programs, policy centers, etc…  Descriptions of these programs are accompanied with website and/or contact information in the following list.  Please feel free to contact us to add to this list.


Chesapeake Bay Project


This project is a collaboration between the National Park Service, National Park Foundation, the SEHD, and CLAS to develop educational materials for middle school classrooms with a natural hazards component.


Comparison of Hawaii Volcanic to Mars Volcanic Project


Website: Volcanic Project Comparison

This project is in collaboration with the National Park Service and NASA to develop a film and curriculum comparing volcanic features on earth and Mars.


Denver Museum of Nature and Science Informal Science Program Internships


A partnership between the Denver Museum and SEHD (Michael Marlow) placing teacher interns in summer education program at the museum.


Education Interns with National Park Service


Website: NPS Intership

This project places education interns into the National Park Service ‘Views of the National Parks’ directed by Bruce Nash. A number of on-line modules are in development.  Funded by NPS grants. 


English Language Acquisition

Website: Linguistically Diverse Education Endorsement Program

UC Denver's Linguistically Diverse Education endorsement program is designed for currently licensed teachers seeking career advancement and the knowledge and tools needed to work more effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse groups of students. The endorsement was developed in 2001 when SEHD completed work with the DPS ELA department to develop 150 clock hours of ELA in-service modules and to align them with graduate course work leading to a state endorsement for Linguistically Diverse Education.  In fall of 2007, SEHD faculty, assumed full responsibility for court-mandated courses for all teachers working with English language learners.  Beginning in the 2007-08 school year, approximately 600 teachers take courses each semester in language and literacy teaching methods, language acquisition, and the legal, historical and cultural foundations of English language education.  A five-year federal grant is supporting deeper work at several schools and is described in the research section of this document. 


Facilitating Elementary Achievement through Science (FEATS):

Website: Front Range Boces

FEATS is a research-based initiative from San Diego State University provided by the Front Range BOCES through a contract with CDE.  The training supports elementary students in writing about their inquiry and learning from standards-based, hands-on science experiments.  Teachers learn to guide students to write in science notebooks about their inquiry and learning as opposed to “what they did.” 


Hawaii Volcanoes National Park Inquiry Module Project


Website: NPS Inquiry Module Project

This project is in collaboration with National Park Service and SEHD (Michael Marlow) to develop a science education module on HVNP volcanism.


Historical Cultural Views of the Land


Website: NPS Curriculum

This project is a collaboration between National Park Service, SEHD (Mike Marlow and Professional Development and Inquiry Doc Lab) to develop curriculum materials utilizing NPS resources.


Mentoring Institute for Latino Leaders

Contact:, SEHD

The mission of the Mentoring Institute for Latino Leaders is to recruit and prepare Latino educators for leadership positions. The goal is to increase the number of Latino educators in leadership positions in school districts. The Mentoring Institute for Latino Leaders project, directed by volunteer Latino public school administrators, has partnered from its inception with the School of Education and Human Development to recruit Latinos into the principal preparation program and into the doctoral program.


The PAR2A Center

Website: Para Center

The PAR²A Center was formed as a national research and development center to explore training systems for paraeducators and their impact on paraeducator employment conditions and student achievement. The Center houses a variety of projects funded from national, state and local sources. These projects consider policies and practices regarding the employment of par educators in regular education, special education, English language acquisition, Title I programs, and early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities. The PAR²A Center has also developed and field tested training for teachers and administrators in the supervision of paraeducators. The Paraeducator Supervision Academy (PSA) has been delivered in 32 states and in the US Department of Defense Schools. The Center has also conducted research on career pathways for paraeducators into educational professions. The PAR²A Center works collaboratively with local education agencies, institutions of higher education and state education agencies to seek solutions to the ongoing challenges of paraeducator employment, career development and training.

Two funded projects from the U.S. Department of Education have provided tuition-free college courses to paraeducators called CO-TOP Academies. CO-TOP Academies are a set of undergraduate courses in one-credit hour increments to ease paraeducators who have never taken college classes into college level work.  All CO-TOP Academies offered to DPS paraeducators are taught by DPS teachers who have been trained by the PAR2A Center to deliver the CO-TOP curriculum. The curriculum consists of research-based instructional techniques and practices that clarify the role distinction between teachers and paraeducators.


Professional Development Schools

Website: PDS

Professional development schools (PDSs) are designed to support four functions: the preparation of new teachers, the professional development of teachers in the school and university professors, the renewal of curriculum and instruction at the school and university, and research and inquiry about problems of practice in the school or partnership. The School of Education & Human Development has 27 professional development schools (PDSs) in seven districts, including four schools in Aurora Public Schools.  The program is nationally recognized for having one of the most innovative, collaborative teacher preparation models where top faculty work side by side with experienced K-12 partner educators to have a profound impact on the lives of students in our most urban and diverse schools. The motto of “live the life of a teacher” from day one displays how teacher candidates become vital member of the teaching staff at one of our metro area urban partner schools while they simultaneously take university classes. School partnerships: Adams 12: Cherry Drive Elementary, Niver Creek Middle School, Northglenn HS, Westview Elementary. Adams 14: Alsup Elementary, Rose Hill Elementary, Central Elementary, Adams City Middle, Adams City HS. Aurora Public Schools: Montview Elementary, Vassar Elementary South Middle, Central HS. Denver Public Schools: Cole ECE-8 School, Edison Elementary, Goldrick Elementary, Park Hill ECE-8, Montebello HS.  Jefferson County School District: Ryan Elementary, Thomson Elementary, Drake Middle, Arvada West HS. Mapleton School District: Adventure Elementary, Enrichment Elementary, Clayton Partnership School, Global Leadership Academy.  Rocky Mountain School of Expeditionary Learning. 


Scientific Instrumentation Past, Present and Future Project


An ongoing collaboration with NPS and NASA to develop a curriculum and associated film on scientific instrumentation using rafting the Grand Canyon as a stage.


STEP Project


Website: STEP

A collaboration with the Space Science Institute and eight museums across the country to investigate Science Theater impacts on the public and the presenters. 

Student and Community Counseling Center

Website: Student and Community Counseling Center

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 university students and community members including Denver Public School students and their families. Therapy takes place year-round, not just during the traditional school year. In 2008 11% of the UCD Student and Community Counseling Center clients were Denver Public School students or their families, with over representation from low-income families.  The services to these families include low cost or no cost mental health and counseling services. In addition to the general counseling services, activities with these clients range from child abuse reporting, emergency phone consultations, walk-in emergency visits and suicide and behavioral risk assessments.


Teach for America

Website: TFA

The School of Education and Human Development has worked with TFA to craft master’s degree options for TFA teachers in the Denver Public School District.  The first cohort of over 30 TFA members began the master’s program in fall 2008. 


Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Project

Teacher-Ranger-Teacher Project

This SEHD project (Michael Marlow) provides the national parks with teachers to develop curriculum materials for a more diverse population for both classroom and park use.  These teachers will work as rangers in the national parks.  Funded by NPS (Linda Lutz-Ryan).


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