The Courage to Lead an Equity Agenda
Our nation’s schools have never been more diverse, especially in terms of students who speak a first language other than English. On the other hand, disparities among students in terms of achievement, high school graduation and access to educational resources have never been higher. At CU Denver, we are preparing teachers for diversity so that their strategies and content are relevant to all children in their classroom, and students from various racial, language, cultural and economic communities, as well as students of different abilities, will have equal status in the daily life of school and equal access to learning opportunities.
We also work with our students to recognize our nation’s achievement gap and to join us in a commitment to closing it with new knowledge, skills, tools and an urgent sense of action. We believe that educators and mental health providers have the ability to exercise leadership to create change and equity for those who have been underserved.
This commitment for educational equity and student success is woven throughout the School of Education & Human Development’s curriculum and work in the community.