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P-20 Speaker Series

Tuesday November 22nd, 2011: American Higher Education: From A City on a Hill to a Land of Colleges

Dr. Richard Reddick, Assistant Professor in Higher Education Administration at the University of Texas at Austin, fuses history with humor for an engaging discussion of the genesis of American higher education to the present day. Recalling the words of Malcolm X, "The future belongs to those who prepare for it today" -  Dr. Reddick engages participants in a conversation about what higher education might look like tomorrow. To view the webinar, please click here. (Video software download included within the link.)


Tuesday September 20th, 2011:  Aligning Access with Success

Jose Cruz, Vice President for Higher Education Policy and Practice at the Education Trust presented on the Education Trust’s Access to Success Initiative which highlights how specific institutions and college systems are making progress on reducing the attainment gap for underserved students and how others might adopt these successful models.

Cruz is the former Vice President of the University of Puerto Rico System where he was responsible for admissions, financial aid and student-life programs. He led UPR’s Access to Success Initiative and cofounded Puerto Rico’s K-16 Council. To view the webinar, please click here


Thursday April 21st, 2011: Trying to Talk to the Powers that Be: The Experiences of Black Educators with School Reform in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Drawing on data from a yearlong study of school rebuilding in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, Dr. Daniella Cook (Asst. Professor, University of Tulsa) examines how composite counterstories speak back to racialized constructions of Black educators that justified their post-Katrina displacement and usher in an era of urban school reform in which New Orleans is described as a ground zero for the expansion of charter schools, the disempowerment of teachers' unions and the restructuring of teacher preparation. To read about Cook's presentation on New Orleans, click here.


Tuesday March 15th, 2011: How Colorado Builds a "Whatever it Takes" Community

This presentation features Dr. Maria Guajardo (Office of Denver Mayor), Miguel In Suk Lovato (Daniels Fund) and Dr. Nate Easley (Denver Scholarship Foundation).  Come participate in the culminating event of the spring P-20 speaker series whose year-long theme has been wrap-around services that can optimize education opportunities for students. 


February 22nd, 2011: Tapping the Power of Student Voice to Accelerate Teacher Effectiveness and Student Engagement

This presentation will feature student panelists from Project VOYCE (Voices of Youth Changing Education).  Project VOYCE has been developing ways to utilize the insights and passions of inner city youth to improve Colorado schools and change students' lives since 2006. Learn how they influence student achievement through youth-led action research and youth-led advocacy in individual schools and in the Colorado education policy arena.

Video Archive

January 25th, 2011: Culturally Based Mental Health Services

This presentation featuring Dr. Susan Chavez Cameron of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian will discus how a special type of cultural identity is taking place in the schools and communities where American Indians and Alaska natives live. For more information on the event please click here.

Presentation Archive

October 26th, 2010: Healthy Kids Learn Better: Strategies for Supporting Health and Student Achievement

This session explored the link between health and student achievement, describes a model for schools, communities, and public health to coordinate efforts that foster health and well‐being, and provide examples of how it’s worked in schools.

Video Archive

September 28th, 2010: The Importance of a Healthy Smile: Children’s Oral Health

This lecture discusses our state’s Oral Health programs in schools across the state. Learn why a healthy smile contributes to overall health and well being which deeply affects concentration and learning in school.

Video Archive

April 28th, 2010: The Arts: A Key to Success in Education Reform

Taking a close look at the issue of the arts and school reform, Dr. Noblit explored how the incorporation of the arts into the identity of a school can be a key to its resilience.  Based on a study of the A+ School Program, an arts‐based school reform effort in North Carolina, Dr. Noblit discussed how creativity changes schools and changes how we approach education initiatives.

Geroge Noblit Arts Reform PowerPoint Presentation

March 15th, 2010: Note to Educators: Hope Required When Growing Roses in Concrete

In addition to being an Assistant Professor and the Co-Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at San Francisco State University’s Cesar Chavez Institute, Dr. Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade  is also an urban secondary school teacher where he researches the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools.  Duncan-Andrade’s lecture explores the concept of hope as essential for developing effective urban classroom practice, including the three necessary elements of educational practice that produce and sustain true hope.

 Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade Hope Required PowerPoint Presentation

October 16th, 2009: Colorado’s Race to the Top, a Runner’s Insights: Perspectives on the Colorado Application from the People Who Helped Write It

This panel discussed the Colorado Race to the Top leadership’s perspectives on the experience of writing the massive education reform application.  A panel of grant writers and members of the team explored the overall application process, Colorado’s and other states chances to win in Round I, and how Secretary Arne Duncan’s process has challenged and accelerated education reform in Colorado and nationwide.

The discussion featured Kelly Hupfeld, Assistant Dean, UC Denver School of Public Affairs • Dr. Robert Reichardt, Director, Center for Education Policy Analysis, UC Denver • Nina Lopez, Director of ARRA, Colorado Department of Education • Liz Aybar, Deputy Director of Education Initiatives, Governor’s Office • Dr. Helayne Jones, Executive Director, Colorado Legacy Foundation Moderator: • Paul Teske, Dean, UC Denver School of Public Affairs.

January 26th, 2010: What Have You Done For Me Lately

Colorado Department of Education’s commissioner Dwight D. Jones is passionate about student learning.  In this lecture he describes how effective teachers encourage and accelerate student success.

Video Archive

November 17, 2009:  Gazing Upon the Aurora LIGHTS

Dr. Allegra Melillio, Director of the Aurora LIGHTS Projects discusses UC Denver’s comprehensive health career pipeline program with Aurora Public Schools. The program recruits, supports and retains students interested in learning about and pursuing a health careers.

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October 20th, 2009: The Colorado Growth Model: How much growth are K‐12 students making and is it good enough?

Review this interactive session to learn more about the Colorado Growth Model, a new approach to making meaning of state assessment results that presents Colorado students’ educational progress over time in relationship to other students in the same grade. Discover how the model works, what it measures, important implications regarding student instruction improvement, and why it is changing school and district accountability in Colorado.

Video Archive
Rich Wenning Colorado Growth Model PowerPoint Presentation

September 22, 2009: 267.5° West - Principles of a Turnaround District

Mike Miles, Superintendent of Harrison School District in Colorado Springs shares his vision and experience in turning around struggling schools.  Miles discusses how to put the school’s philosophy first, maintain quality of instruction as the highest priority, develop a culture of instructional feedback, and expand leadership at all levels of the school community.

Mike Miles Turnaround Disctricts PowerPoint Presentation

April 29, 2009: The Color of Success

Lecturing on his novel, Dr. Conchas reveals how and why some racial minorities achieve academic success despite limited opportunity through students’ own voices and perspectives.  Based on the experiences of Black, Latino, and Vietnamese urban high school students, Dr. Conchas provides a revealing comparative analysis that offers insight into how schools can create opportunities and safe learning environments where youth acquire real goals, expectations, and tangible pathways for success.

Gilberto Conchas Color of Success PowerPoint Presentation

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