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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver


School of Education & Human Development


The School of Education & Human Development houses several policy research centers and additional faculty research programs with P-20 education connections.  The list that follows provides descriptions and contact/website information where available.  Know of something that is not detailed here?  Please contact us at any time to add to this list. 


Center for Continuing Education and Professional Learning

Website: CCEPL

The center coordinates all professional development and continuing education initiatives, across all academic programs and professional development programs/centers in the School of Education. The center has a lead role in the ongoing preparation of professionals who work in diverse schools, agencies, and related settingsvia partnerships between those settings and the school.


Center for Evidence Based Practices in Early Learning

Website: CEBPEL

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 Transforming Learning and Teaching

Website: CTLT

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.


Culturally Responsive Urban Education

Website: CRUE

The Center for Culturally Responsive Urban Education (CRUE) is committed to developing the capacity of educators and school systems in Colorado to meet the needs of culturally, linguistically and economically diverse urban students by preparing school personnel in culturally responsive pedagogy and practice, and pursuing a research agenda that guides improvements in our work.


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 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.


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.


Paraeducator Resource and Research Center

Website: PAR²A

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.


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.  


Professional Development in Autism Center

Website: PDA

PDA ensures students with Autism Spectrum Disorder have access to high-quality, evidence-based educational services in local school districts. Training and support is provided for school districts, families and communities including awareness, consumer, implementer and leadership training.


The Research Center

Website: The Research Center

The Research Center’s mission is to establish strong research records for each School of Education & Human Development faculty member in disciplined, sustained and focused inquiry that impacts practice and professional thought in the educational community.


The following are links to the SEHD primary website and the faculty directory:

Website: School of Education and Human Development

Faculty Directory Website: SEHD

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