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4/15/21: Teacher Education Council of State Colleges & Universities (TECSCU) Panel on Trauma-Informed Education

When: Friday, April 23rd, 2021, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MDT
Where: On Zoom (click here to tune in)

2/22/21: Dr. Corey Sell's National Council of Social Studies webinar now available online

Bayard Rustin organized one of the most successful forms of protest in our country’s history—the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Yet, he is often silenced within the PreK-12 curriculum because of his identity as a gay man. Join Dr. Corey Sell in a nationally recorded webinar that details ways to teach Bayard's story to elementary and middle school students using the C3 Inquiry Arc and primary sources from the Library of Congress. Look for this work to be included in a forthcoming online methods textbook scheduled to be published in 2022 entitled Inquiry and Teaching with Primary Sources to Prepare Students for College, Career, and Civic Life.


12/15/20: Department of Elementary Education and Literacy launches Spring 2021 registration contest

Students seeking to complete a major in Elementary Education, a Master of Arts in Teaching: elementary Education degree, or a post-baccalaureate Elementary Education teacher licensure program can enter to win prizes if they register for Spring 2021 classes by January 11th, 2021!  See the flyer for additional details.

12/10/20: Dr. Kathy Whitmore co-authored an article titled "Writing Love Letters to Teachers as Experts of Their Practice"

Visit the Childcare Exchange website to view the article, or download the article in PDF form to see accompanying graphics and formatting.


12/9/20: Join Corey Sell on Tuesday, Dec. 15, for a free webinar hosted by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Join Corey Sell on Tuesday, Dec. 15, for a free webinar hosted by the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) at 7pm EST. He will discuss curricular resources created with dimensions of the C3 Inquiry Arc and the Library of Congress resources, which challenge the dominant and heteronormative narratives of the Civil Rights Movement.

11/10/20: Two new books on clinical practice by Dr. Philip E. Bernhardt are available now from Rowan & Littlefield Publishing

Learn more about these new texts by viiting the following links:

Collaborative Models for Clinical Practice: Reflections from the Field

Engaged Clinical Practice: Preparing Mentor Teachers and University-Based Educators to Support Teacher Candidate Learning and Development

11/9/20: Summer Rewind: Check out this webinar on anti-racism in ECE from June hosted by Drs. Rosemarie Allen and Dorothy Shapland

Now, more than ever it is important to address issues of race and bias in early childhood settings. Children notice race at a very early age and can begin to categorize people according to skin color. This webinar presents strategies for creating an anti-racist environment to promote the development of healthy racial identities.  View the webinar and Q&A/follow-up here.

11/3/20: The School of Education's Annual Report has been published

Each year, the School of Education publishes a report detailing the accomplishments and experiences of the prior academic year.  The 2019-2020 report is available now on our website.

10/29/20: The Instructional Technology Certificate program earns Governor Polis' ZTC award for Outstanding Z Program

Governor Jared Polis named six winners of his Zero Textbook Cost Challenge, which encourages Colorado institutions of higher education to increase access, equity, and affordability for college students through expanding the use of open educational resources (OER). Launched last fall, the Governor’s Challenge recognizes outstanding faculty, staff and programs promoting further implementation of OER, or high-quality, freely available textbooks and learning materials.  The Department of Secondary and K-12 Education and Educational Technology's Instructional Technology Certificate program was selected as the winner of the Outstanding Z Program Award.

11/11/19: Dr. Corey Sell selected for National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) writing team

Dr. Corey R. Sell has been selected to become a member of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) writing team that will develop two online methods social studies texts. These online methods texts will emphasize an inquiry approach to teaching social studies through the creation of social studies inquiry experiences that utilize sources from the Library of Congress (LOC) collection and integrate them with the C3 Framework. This work is made possible by the support of the Library of Congress’ Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program.  Dr. Sell is one of six university faculty (and one of three elementary education faculty) chosen nationwide to join the writing team this December.

11/8/19: Two National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Scholars from MSU Denver highlighted online

Maria Crouse, MSU Denver alum (Mathematics with Secondary Math Teacher Licensure, 2018), was featured on the NSF website's "Where Are They Now?" segment.  Check out the interview

Leslie Velasco, MSU Denver alum (Biology with Secondary Science Teacher Licensure, 2019), was featured on DSST Public Schools' "Super Staff Spotlight".  Check out the article.

8/22/19: Abigail Macias, recent School of Education and Modern Languages graduate, featured in story from Westminster Public Schools

 Screen capture from video of Abigail Macias from Westminste Public Schools feature.

6/17/19: Dr. Ingrid Carter interviewed after winning a Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award for 2019

Photo of Dr. Ingrid Carter, faculty member in the School of Education.

6/11/19: Ex-Marine Jessi Warthen, Secondary Education student, featured in story on Colorado Public Radio

Student teacher Jessi Warthen, center, helps out Makena Kuffrey, left, and Kylie Karp in Janelle Woodland's class at Stuart Middle School in Commerce City on Tuesday May 21, 2019. At the table with her: Kaitlyn Felten, left, and Maile Diaz, right. Both are 12 years old.

5/28/19: Elementary Education major Saira Galindo Vazquez interviewed as part of Telemundo story on MSU Denver serving Latinx students

Click the image or title above to view the video (en Español):

Still image of Saira Galindo Vazquez from video of Telemundo interview about MSU Denver serving Latinx and Dreamer students.

5/2/19: Three School of Education students recognized as top future educators by Colorado Department of Higher Education

Three future educators in the Elementary Education major/licensure program at MSU Denver were recognized by CDHE as top future educators in Colorado.  Congratulations to Saira Galindo Vazquez, Darlene Lopez, and Marina Ribes-Martin!

 Photos of three award recipients from the Elementary Education program.

4/25/19: School of Education alum Peter Wolf featured in 9News story on DPS track meet for all abilities

Peter Wolf, alumnus of the MSU Denver Master of Arts in Teaching and Alternative Licensure programs, was featured in a 9News story about the Denver Public Schools Unified Track and Field competition put on by Special Olympics Colorado.

4/16/19: School of Education Faculty Recognized as "Roadrunners Who Soar"

Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Awards

Ingrid Carter, Ph.D., associate professor, Elementary Education and Literacy

CADRE+ University Values Awards

Excellence Award — Rosemarie Allen, Ed.D., assistant professor of Early Childhood Education

?Work Group 1, Sub Group – Cultural Competence

Kathryn Young, Ph.D. – associate professor, School of Education

Work Group 3 – Transfer and Enrollment Management

Deborah A. Horan, Ph.D. – chair and professor, Elementary Education and Literacy, School of Education

View the Early Bird article for further details.  Congratulations to all of the awardees!

3/5/19: ECE student Idalee Nunez and her path to becoming a teacher featured in MSU Denver RED article

Idalee Nunez, ECE candidate at MSU Denver, reading to a class of pre-school students.

2/6/19: Dr. Dorothy Shapland quoted in MSU Denver RED article about finding a school for your children

1/22/19: Trauma-informed practice training for teacher educators covered in MSU Denver RED article

Teacher education students learning bout trauma-informed practice.

1/14/19: Article Co-Authored by Dr. Rebecca Canges Receives Prestigious Award

The article "Review of single subject research examining the effectiveness of interventions for at?risk English learners." by Dr. Canges and colleagues has been selected to win the Kirk Award for a research publication in Learning Disabilities Research & Practice (LDRP). The Kirk Award is named after Samuel A. Kirk, one of the United State’s foremost leaders in special education and, especially in the field of learning disabilities. This award is overseen by DLD's Publications Committee, is given occasionally, and recognizes excellence in professional journal articles that have been published in LDRP.

Congratulations, Dr. Canges!

12/18/18: School of Education Alum Jacqueline Lujan Featured in MSU Denver RED Story

12/13/18: School of Education Dean and Students Featured in President's "The Rundown" Video

MSU Denver President Janine Davidson visited the School of Education this week to talk about how MSU Denver is addressing the teacher shortage. 

The Rundown: Tackling Colorado's teacher shortage from MSU Denver on Vimeo.

11/8/18: School of Education Alumni Sweep Teacher of the Year Awards at SHAPECO!

SHAPECO (Society of Health and Physical Educators Colorado) has awarded Teacher of the Year awards in Elementary Education, Middle School, and High School to three School of Education Physical Education alums.  Additionally, Bryan Wickoren, our affiliate instructor for Methods of Teaching Adapted Physical Education, was named the SHAPE America - Central District Adapted Physical Educator of the year.  Congratulations, all!

2018 SHAPECO Award Winners

08/15/18: Ali O'Brien Received Teaching Excellence Award

Teaching Excellence Award recipient Ali O'Brien, Elementary Education, discusses educating the next generation of educators – in her former classrooms.  Check out the Early Bird interview here.  Congrats, Ms. O'Brien!  If you're keeping score, that's three School of Education faculty recipients of the Teaching Excellence Award this year!

08/08/18: Dr. Corey Sell Received Teaching Excellence Award

Teaching Excellence Award recipient Corey Sell, Elementary Education, discusses unexpected journeys and how one student’s assignment changed his way of thinking.  Check out the Early Bird interview here.  Congrats, Dr. Sell!

08/03/18: Dr. Sue Barnd Received Teaching Excellence Award

Teaching Excellence Award winner Sue Barnd, K-12 Physical Education, talks about how education runs in the family – and preschooler pandemonium.  Check out the Early Bird interview here.  Congratulations, Dr. Barnd!

07/10/18: Dr. Ofelia Schepers Delivers Keynote Speech at CU Boulder Commencement

From MSU Denver's Early Bird: Ofelia Schepers, assistant professor of elementary education, gave a commencement speech at the University of Colorado-Boulder, discussing her experience as a bilingual student and a calling to her work of social justice in education. Read the full text of Schepers’ speech here.

Dr. Ofelia Schepers delivering keynote speec hat CU Boulder commencement ceremony

06/04/18: Special Education Major Graduate Hannah Kramer Featured in Photo Essay on MSU Denver Student Hub Spotlight

Hannah Kramer connects to her late father - and her current students - through fly fishing.  

05/30/18: Article on Flipped Classrooms by Dr. Lisa Altemueller and Dr. Cynthia Lindquist Among Top 20 Most Downloaded Articles in 2017

We were recently notified that the article Flipped classroom instruction for inclusive learning, published in British Journal of Special Education, was one of the journal’s top 20 most downloaded recent papers!  Amongst articles published between 2016-2017, the article was one of the most frequently downloaded in the 12 months after online publication.  The article generated immediate impact and helped to raise the visibility of British Journal of Special Education.  Congratulations to Dr. Altemueller and Dr. Lindquist!

05/03/18: Faculty, Staff, and Student Employees Volunteer Boston P-8 School in Aurora for Roadrunners Give Back Day

On Thursday, April 26th faculty, staff, and student employees from the School of Education volunteered at Boston P-8 School in Aurora Public Schools as part of the annual MSU Denver Roadrunners Give Back Day. Volunteers painted picnic tables and various areas of the blacktop on the Boston playground. The vibrant colors and playful designs were chosen by the students of the school, many of whom popped out of classrooms throughout the afternoon to cheer volunteers on. Boston has one of Aurora’s most diverse student bases, including a large population of immigrant students, many of whom live in the surrounding neighborhood and play on the grounds long after school has closed for the day. Volunteers shared their appreciation for the opportunity to not only give back to the school, but to the broader local community. Spending a fun afternoon in the sun with colleagues was just an added bonus. Click the picture belwo fo rthe full album.

04/19/18: Elementary Education Student Featured in MSU Denver Insider Story

Andrea Garcia-Portillo, Elementary Education major, was featured in a story in this week's insider.  Click the title or picture to read the article. 

Photo of Elementary Education student Andrea Garcia-Portillo

2/13/18: Dr. Corey Sell Co-Authored Article on Social Studies & the Young Learner

Dr. Corey R. Sell recently co-authored an article with Jennie Schmaltz, an Elementary Lead Teaching Partner in Aurora Public Schools, and Stephanie Hartman, a Social Studies Content Specialist at Colorado Department of Education in Social Studies & the Young Learner.  They designed and taught a 3rd grade social studies learning experience on Colorado's San Luis Valley utilizing the College, Career, and Civic Life Framework for Social Studies (C3 Framework) inquiry arc.  Moreover, they framed the learning experience using the theory of translanguaging and culturally transforming pedagogy, which empowered Latinx bilingual students to recognize their connections to and roles in Colorado's past--championing them to become engaged citizens in Colorado's future.

1/26/18: Kathryn Young, Associate Professor of Secondary Education, Honored at MLK Peace Breakfast

Associate Professor Kathryn Young, who teaches in MSU Denver’s School of Education, was honored at the MLK Peace Breakfast on Jan. 12 for her work examining inclusion and exclusion by the educational system and the experiences of historically disenfranchised people. She also works to develop teachers who advocate for educational rights.

To learn more about Young, watch this video:


11/29/17: MSU Denver Hosted 20 Students from Central America for a Month-long Academic Residency Program

Earlier this year, MSU Denver hosted 20 students from Central America for a month-long academic residency program providing interactive classroom activities, discussions, lectures, site visits, workshops and community services. School of Education faculty Janelle Johnson and Carmen Sanjurjo were interviewed about the educational cultural exchange made possible through a U.S. Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs grant in this feature on Telemundo (click link or image below for video).

Dr. Carmen Sanjurjo teaching a class - still image from Telemundo news story

More details about the program:

MSU Denver collaborated with the Institute for Training and Development (ITD) in Amherst, Massachusetts to host one of the Study of the United States Institutes on U.S. History and Government (SUSI) through funding from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The Institutes consist of 5-week programs for groups of university student leaders from Latin America. The goal is to deepen students' understanding of U.S. culture and society, and to broaden their leadership abilities. Three simultaneous institutes ran during the summer: Metropolitan State University of Denver hosted students from Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, and Panama; ITD hosted students from Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela; and the University of Arizona hosted a group from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and México.

11/8/17: Physical Education Teacher Education Major Honored by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

Juan Palacios was the only student among 25 community leaders recognized for their work with young men of color in Denver.  Check out the story by MSU Denver's Matt Watson.

PETE Major student Juan Palacios with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock

11/7/17: Veteran and Military Students Enroll, Engage and Excel in New Physical Education Teacher Education Program

Check out this great story by MSU Denver's Matt Watson about veteran and military students in the School of Education's new Physical Education Teacher Education program.

Veteran and military students engaging in Physical Education Teacher Education activities.

10/24/17: Dr. Janelle Johnson Featured in Early Bird Discussing STEM Grants

Check out today's Early Bird feature on the STEM Grant Consortium and read some thoughts and perspectives, including those from the School of Education's very own Dr. Janelle Johnson from the Department of Secondary Education, K-12 Education, and Educational Technology.

High school student working out math equations on white board

8/10/17: Dan Marcus, MSU Denver Teacher Education Alum, Featured in MSU Denver RED Article

Mr. Marcus, a School of Education alum who has been in the classroom teaching kids for 40 years, is featured in an article in RED.  It's a great read, check it out!

7/7/17: School of Education faculty member Rebecca Canges received the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award

School of Education faculty member Rebecca Canges received the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence award from MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan at the 2017 faculty and staff appreciation barbecue.  Read the full story and interview in the Early Bird!

5/18/17: Drs. Sell and Bernhardt Published Chapter in New Social Studies Methods Book

Corey R. Sell and Philip E. Bernhardt recently published a chapter within Teaching Social Studies: A Methods Book for Methods Teachers titled: Teachers as Decision Makers: Using a Document-Based Activity Structure (DBAS) to Create Social Studies Curriculum.  The book features short chapters that each highlight a task for social studies teacher educators that will develop pre-service teachers’ understandings of social studies curriculum in robust and deeply reflective ways.

3/13/17: Dr. Rosemarie Allen to Deliver Keynote Presentation at 2017 Higher Education Diversity Conference

School of Education instructor Dr. Rosemarie Allen will deliver the keynote presentation at this year's Higher Education Diversity Conference in Denver.  Visit the HEDS website to learn more!

2/28/17: Two School of Education Alumni stories featured on University Advancement page

Former faculty establishes new scholarship

Student teaching is an exciting and crucial time in a future teacher's academic career. For many students, though, it presents a unique financial challenge, and a former faculty member decided to do something about this.

Scholarship helps future teacher pursue passion

Originally from Michigan, Adam Viglione attended a state university there to study professional golf management. After a few years in the golf industry, though, his passion for that career waned. Now, he's on a path to become a teacher and graduate without any debt thanks to hard work and his scholarship.

10/13/16: MSU Denver Awarded National Science Foundation ITEST Grant

Dr. Janelle Johnson of the School of Education, along with College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences colleagues Dr. Jason Kolts and Dr. Rich Wagner, wrote a proposal for this exciting grant, and their hard work paid off!  Read below for some information about the project:

"This project will advance efforts of the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program to better understand and promote practices that increase students' motivations and capacities to pursue careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) by implementing a strategy that purposefully combines educational methodologies based on the Global Learning and Observation to Benefit the Environment program. This effort will address the need to prepare and inspire up to 6500 students to become interested and motivated in STEM fields and careers. Students will have opportunities to increase their knowledge and skills in earth system sciences topics by engaging in authentic online local and global activities; collaborating with peers on data-driven research projects, and interacting with scientists and mentors in face-to-face settings. Pre-service and in-service teachers will participate in summer institutes, academic year workshops, and in-class sessions to learn about and use pedagogies that will help them attract and retain more students in education pathways to STEM careers."

National Science Foundation logo graphic.

9/12/2016: Dr. Rolly Schendel Appointed to Clinical Practice Commission (CPC) for AACTE

This past May, Dr. Rolly Schendel was appointed to the Clinical Practice Commission for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE).  In 2015, AACTE formed the Clinical Practice Commission (CPC) to define and align high-quality clinical practice in teacher preparation. The group is developing a variety of resources including a white paper, a common lexicon, and recommended approaches to address common roadblocks to building successful district-university partnerships, such as transportation, funding, and scheduling concerns.

The CPC is a group of scholar-practitioners in higher education and PK-12 leaders from across the country. Members include educators involved in AACTE, the Association of Teacher Educators, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, the National Association of Professional Development Schools, the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Network for Educational Renewal, and PK-12 schools.

9/7/2016: The School of Education Now Offers Discounted Out-Of-State Tuition Rate for Graduate Programs

Beginning this fall, out-of-state applicants to MSU Denver will pay a discounted tuition rate.  Part-time candidates will pay $4,034.98 per semester (for 6 credits hours), and full-time candidates will pay $7,765.45 per semester (for 12 credit hours).  Visit the Bursar's Office Website for full details on tuition costs for the School of Education.

9/6/2016: Critical Educators Reading Series, Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 5:00-7:00 PM @ Zooks Coffee Shop

The next installment of the Critical Educators Reading and Film Series focuses on the book Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. Students, faculty, teachers, and community members are welcome to attend the event to discuss this book on November 9th.  Contact Dr. Kathryn Young ( or Dr. Philip Bernhardt ( with any questions.

8/31/16: SOE Faculty Partner with the University of Puerto Rico's Centro de Investigaciones Educativas to Offer Seminar on Diversity in Education

Dr. Myron Anderson, Dr. Jan Perry-Evenstad, Dr. Peter Vigil, Dr. Rosemarie Allen, and Dr. Carmen Sanjurjo worked with the University of Puerto Rico to offer a seminar on diversity in education this past June.  The seminar included various workshops on topics such as Inclusive Education, Culturally Responsive Practice, and Educational Policy.  Click the link in the title or the image below to view the website.

Graphic logo for the University of Puerto Rico's Centro de Investigaciones Educativas?

5/9/16: Jennifer Nava Bello Recognized as Outstanding Graduate from School of Education

Click here or click the picture for the full story!

4/27/16: SoE Faculty Members Earn Promotion to Full Professor and Associate Professor!

Congratulations to Dr. Myron Anderson, Dr. Miri Chung, and Dr. Cynthia Lindquist on their promotion to Full Professor!

Photos of School of Education faculty who earned promotion to Full Professor.

And congratulations to Dr. Ann Morrison and Dr. Kathryn Young on being granted tenure and their promotion to Associate Professor!

4/18/16: MSU Denver Ranked 1st Overall for Colorado Schools Offering Teacher Licensure was built by a collaborative team of educational and career experts who focus their efforts on providing students of all levels with factual resources that will help them navigate the educational and career hurdles required to achieve their professional goals. Their website was developed with the future and existing teacher in mind – to be a hub of educational and career tips and advice from fellow teachers and career guidance experts who have traveled on this journey.

The rankings were factored by using a complex algorithmic tool along with supporting data provided from schools and other government agencies. The team at reviewed, tested and documented the top education programs available in the State of Colorado for 2016. Testing criteria factors multiple elements that will permit a student to determine which school is the best fit specifically for their path.

The team at has analyzed total expense, student to faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings, return on investment and other critical categories. MSU Denver’s School of Education posted high scores in several of the categories to gather the number one ranking in the State of Colorado.

3/31/16: School of Education Representation at AERA's 2016 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Five SOE faculty are presenting at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference in Washington DC. April 8-12. AERA is considered a premier educational research organization both nationally and internationally for research on practice and policy impacting education from early childhood through high school and post-secondary.  The focus of the 2016 Annual Meeting is Public Scholarship and Teacher Education for Diverse Democracies.  Presentations and sessions involving our faculty are as follows:

"A Statewide Coalition of Teacher Educators Engaging in Research-Based Advocacy for Linguistically Diverse Democracies"

Presenters: Kara Mitchell Viesca (University of Colorado - Denver), Lorretta Chavez (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Karla J. Esser (Regis University), Peter M. Vigil  (Metropolitan State University of Denver)

This session features four very different examples of public scholarship related to teacher preparation: evidence-based public advocacy work to shape state regulations regarding teaching for multilingual learners; an equity-centered educational magazine that bridges scholarship and policy/practice; a National Education Policy Center policy brief that assesses the claims and evidence behind teacher education accountability initiatives; and recent cross-institutional and cross-state efforts in teacher education to work collectively and publicly to challenge federal regulations. The last segment of the session will feature interactive discussion with the audience about: the conditions that make public scholarship possible in teacher education, the impact it has at multiple levels, the range and variation of this work, and the current limited resources that support teacher educators in this work.

"Challenging the "Play Gets in the Way" Myth: Play and Literacy Instruction in an Urban Classroom"

Presenters: Dr. Deborah Horan (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Dr. Afra Ahmed Hersi (Loyola University Maryland), Jessica Bernacki (Baltimore City Public Schools)

Too often, young children in kindergarten spend their time on worksheets and paper and pencil tasks, rather than developmentally appropriate instruction that incorporates active learning and play. This study explores the relationship between dramatic play and vocabulary development in an urban kindergarten classroom. We report on data from six culturally and linguistically diverse students, who participated in a play base vocabulary instruction. The findings suggest that dramatic play with teacher involvement helped participants’ vocabulary growth. Students improved in the mastery of targeted vocabulary, as well as additional content vocabulary. Students also showed improvement oral language and socio-emotional skills. These findings suggest the potential benefit dramatic play. The authors offer recommendations, and explain challenges and limitations of the study.

"Paraeducator Pedagogical Content Knowledge"

Presenters: Dr. Kathleen Luttenegger (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Dr. Ann Morrison (Metropolitan State University of Denver)

Paraeducators are being utilized as academic interventionists with increasing frequency, particularly with our most struggling students. The objective of this study was to evaluate the Pedagogical Content Knowledge of one non-certified classroom paraeducator while she provided supplemental literacy instruction to ten at-risk kindergarten students. The PI used interviews, content knowledge assessment, and teaching observations to evaluate the paraeducator's ability to evaluate her students' learning, create new representations for instruction, and communicate the ideas in new language. The paraeducator demonstrated PCK in her ability to use varied questioning techniques, create visual representations for novel vocabulary, and use intersubjectivity as a foundation for effective teaching and learning.

"Why Are They Staying?  Teacher Stayers' Perceptions of Noncognitive Traits and Their Role in Teacher Retention"

Presenters: Nancy Holincheck (George Mason University) , Dr. Corey R. Sell (Metropolitan State University of Denver), Kathy Matson (George Mason University) , Monique Apollon (George Mason University)

A roundtable presentation on an exploratory study aimed to elicit teacher stayers' perceptions regarding the impact of specific non-cognitive traits (e.g. grit, resilience, hope, gratitude, etc.) on their decisions to remain in teaching.

3/24/16: Listening to the Voices of Boys: Exploring the Motivation of Primary Boys to Engage in Reading By SOE Faculty Member Dr. Krista Griffin Now Available!

Image of book written by Dr. Krista Griffin.Motivation to engage in reading is a consistent problem for students in general and boys in particular. To solve this problem, we often seek answers from everyone but those we are hoping to motivate. We read the latest article on motivation and think we have finally come up with the recipe that will motivate all of the boys in our class. When it doesn't work for everyone, we go back to the drawing board and try something else until we finally understand that all boys are motivated by different things. 

That is the basis of this book: nothing will work for ALL boys, but there are ways to equip teachers to find out how the boys in their classes are motivated. It provides them with a direction to go once they've established the needs of their students and offers suggestions for how to meet individual motivational needs. Each chapter addresses a different motivational need, providing background information and practical classroom applications.

2/22/16:  Returns Saturday, March 12th, 2016

Teachers, student teachers, and teacher candidates are welcome to attend the 2016 Project WILD workshop this coming March.  This workshop brings the outdoors into the classroom by integrating hands-on, multidisciplinary activities.  Please  for more details.  Contact Dr. Mary Heuwinkel ( with any questions.

2/11/16: Critical Educators Reading Series, April 12, 2016, 5:00-7:00 PM @ Zooks Coffee Shop

The next installment of the Critical Educators Reading and Film Series focuses on the book The End of Public Schools: The Corporate Reform Agenda to Privatize Education by David W. Hursh. Students, faculty, teachers, and community members are welcome to attend the event to discuss this book on April 12th.  Contact Dr. Kathryn Young ( or Dr. Philip Bernhardt ( with any questions.

1/27/16: Ms. Rosemarie Allen, ECE Instructor at MSU Denver, Selected as One of Denver Urban Spectrum's 2016 African Americans Who Make A Difference

Ms. Allen was selected as one of Denver's African Americans Who Make A Difference, and she will be honored at the ceremony at Afrikmall (10180 E Colfax Ave, Aurora, CO) from 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Thursday, February 26th, 2016.  Congratulations, Ms. Allen!

1/11/16: Normandy Elementary School Students' Artwork Showcased in SoE Student Services Office

The student artists at Normandy Elementary School in Jefferson County recently provided artwork for permanent exhibition in the School of Education’s Student Services Office. The pieces of art reflect the creativity of 1st through 6th grade students at Normandy and represent subject matter such as imaginary animals, typeface designs, self- portraits, and more. The School of Education is honored to highlight these talented artists- stop in West Classroom 162 to see the work in person!

11/18/15: MSU Denver Alternative Licensure Alum Recognized as One of 25 "Math Heroes" by the Raytheon Company

Matt Bixby completed the MSU Denver Alternative Licensure/Teacher in Residence program in 2005 and taught Mathematics at Scott Carpenter Middle School in the Adams 50 district.  Matt now teaches in the Challenge School in the Cherry Creek School District.  He is one of 25 U.S. teachers to be recognized as a Math Hero by the Raytheon Company.  Click the title to read more!

11/12/15: Never Forget: Walter Grunwald, Education Professor for 19 Years, US Military Veteran

Walter Grunwald's remarkable life included a 19-year career at MSU Denver as an education professor. Click the link in the title to read more about Dr. Grunwald.

11/9/15: Colorado Gives Day website Now Features School of Education Donation Page for Student Teacher Scholarships

The School of Education is proud to announce our participation in Colorado Gives Day! On this day, December 8th, Coloradans across the state and nation donate to the Colorado non-profits of their choice. 

For the first time, donations to the School of Education will be an option on the MSU Denver page! And, all of the donations to the School will go to our newly created Annual Scholarship designed to help students handle the costs associated with the student teaching experience.

As you may or may not know, the full-time expectations of student teaching disallow other forms of employment and income. Thus, student teachers often face a significant financial burden during their capstone teacher preparation experience.

If you would like to contribute, you can read about the School here, click DONATE NOW!, and direct your donation to the School of Education

10/19/15: Dr. Peg Fraser to Deliver Keynote Address at the International Conference on Research and Education in Albania

Dr. Peg Fraser will be delivering a keynote address at the International Conference on Research and Education on October 23 at the University of Shkodra in Albania. This is an international event hosting a large number of scientists, researchers and experts to discuss and share the latest knowledge in different fields of sciences from not only the Balkans, but also Europe and the US. She will also be delivering a presentation on, “New Techniques in Teaching and Learning Through Mobile Devices” during the conference period.

Update: Dr. Fraser delivered her keynote speech at the ICRE Conference and was featured on Albanian television talking about the conference.

9/22/15: Educational Studies IDP Minor Incubator Program Through Center for Individualized Learning Now Available!

The individualized degree program incubator in Educational Studies is a program for students who are interested in the skills, expertise, and knowledge that reside in the domain of courses and faculty in the School of Education, but who do not want to become licensed teachers. For more information, please click the title of the announcement. 

8/27/15:  Returns Saturday, September 12th, 2015

Students and cooperating teachers are encouraged to participate in Project Learning Tree.  All education students - preK-12 - can benefit from this workshop, as it is environmental education about trees, forests, etc. that integrates science, social studies, math and literacy.  Participants receive a guide full of engaging activities, ready to use.  The workshop also models best practices in inquiry.  Click the link in the title for the flyer. 

8/12/15: School of Education Faculty Members on Team Awarded Grant for $73,997

Janelle M. Johnson, Brooke Evans, Hsiu-Ping Liu, Jeffrey T. Loats and Philip Bernhardt were awarded a grant of $73,997 under the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program from the National Science Foundation for their project, "Urban STEM Teacher Capacity Building.”

“Urban STEM Teacher Capacity Building at Metropolitan State University of Denver will prepare STEM majors with experiences, skills and knowledge to become highly effective inquiry-based teachers committed to working in high-need urban schools,” states a portion of the project’s abstract.

MSU Denver has been a leader in STEM education for many years. The Center for Advanced STEM Education was founded by Larry S. Johnson and Joseph Raab in 1993 with a goal of creating an “activity-oriented” learning environment designed to make science, environmental studies and math easier to acquire.

5/27/15:  School of Education Launches Autism & Significant Support Needs Graduate Level Certificate Program This Fall

The Autism and Significant Support Needs Certificate Program is designed for persons holding a current license in special education, or equivalent. The goal of the certificate program is to increase the number of well trained personnel in the areas of autism and significant support needs by providing a culturally responsive curriculum designed to meet the needs of school professionals teaching in these areas. 

5/11/15: Mother and Daughter School of Education Students Featured

Katherine and Fatima Shorten, two students in the School of education Secondary Social Studies Licensure Program, were recently featured on the MSU Denver Newsroom page.  Check out the story here

4/29/15: School of Education Faculty Member Honored with Institutional Award

Dr. Barb McKenzie of the Special Education, Early Childhood, and Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Education Department has been honored with the Faculty Senate Teaching Excellence Award for Tenured Faculty for the 2014-2015 school year.  The criteria for this award include:

  • exhibiting knowledge of their subject matter
  • showing enthusiasm for their subject matter and for imparting that enthusiasm to students
  • maintaining rigorous academic standards
  • having a positive impact on students' learning and professional development
  • showing a commitment to teaching
  • cultivating accessibility and open rapport with students?

From all of us in the School of Education, congratulations, Dr. McKenzie!

4/7/15: MSU Denver Teacher Licensure Candidate and Student Athlete Breanna Hemming Featured in Denver Post Article

Breanna Hemming, School of Education Elementary Teacher Licensure candidate, was featured in the Denver Post on Monday for her accomplishments and ambition as an athlete and aspiring teacher.  [Denver Post has removed this story from their site, link no longer available]


3/26/15: Dean Hinde was featured in last month's Metropolitan Denver Magazine

3/20/15: Elizabeth Miner, MSU Denver alum, named 2014 Colorado Teacher of the Year

“As a teacher we have one of the most impacting jobs there are in our society. We are in constant contact with children to ensure they receive a world class education and will be successful after school in a career or college. We should be proud of what we do on a daily basis. We are amazing educators who care about our students so make sure you share that passion with everyone. Let your voice be heard. I wish more people had the opportunity to feel the thrill of teaching.”

The School of Education is proud to congratulate 2014 Colorado Teacher of the Year and MSU Denver alumnae Elizabeth Miner. Elizabeth has been teaching physical education at Fitzsimmons Middle School in Bailey, CO for the past seven years. She is a strong advocate for education, urging herself and others to continually reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of educational policies and standards. In the classroom, she is celebrated for her innovative methods of incorporating cross-curricular skill development, challenging students to exercise their minds along with their bodies. She encourages her students that "it’s not about how smart you are, it’s about hard work, applying yourself and not giving up.” By exposing her students to the skills they need to be successful in the classroom she is not only nurturing more powerful students, but guiding them towards a healthy and successful adulthood.

Elizabeth is an outstanding example of the spirit of the School of Education, and we applaud her achievements both in and beyond the classroom!

You can follow Elizabeth’s journey through her blog.

3/17/15: We have a new major in Elementary Education Starting Fall 2015

A major in elementary education will begin this fall! If you have not taken your first field experience class (EDU 3640/EDU 3650) and have not completed the majority of your current major classes, you may be eligible to move into the new major. Please attend one of the following information sessions if you are interested in receiving information about the new major.  

  • Tuesday, March 17th 4:30 – 5:30 in WC 164
  • Thursday, March 19th 2:30 – 3:30 in WC 152
  • Monday, March 30th  4:00-5:00 in WC 261
  • Tuesday, April 14th 9:30-10:30 in WC 261

For more information, please visit our page and schedule an appointment today!


Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) will be held on April 11th on campus in West Classroom and also down at Cherry Creek.  The cost is $20 for a thick guide full of ready-to-use, standards-based activities for all levels K-12.  These activities teach a wide array of issues pertaining to water, from conservation to treatment to water rights.  This time the workshop is an hour shorter than usual because participants will do a water activity and some work online as homework before the workshop as part of the requirements.  

Registration is due April 1st to Leah Parker in WC 136.  Contact Dr. Mary Heuwinkel with any questions.

3/10/15: Critical Educators Reading Series: Youth Held at the Border

Read the book, join the discussion.  April 1st at Zook's Coffee Shop.  See the flyer below for details.

Critical Educators Reading Series Flyer April 2015

2/17/15: The School of Education's Licensure Programs are Up for Accreditation by CAEP/CDE

Please read the MSU Denver Newsroom article about the School of Education's upcoming CAEP/CDE Accreditation visit.  Excerpt from article:

On Feb. 22-24, the school will take that step when it hosts a dual visit from national and state accrediting bodies: the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the state of Colorado’s educator preparation accreditation team.

“This is our chance to shine, to be recognized for the great work the school is doing and the unique way we prepare our teachers.”

2/6/15: Dr. Diane Carroll Recipient of 2014 Teacher Educator Award from Council for Exceptional Children

On Saturday, January 31, 2015 the Council for Exceptional Children Colorado Teacher Education Division (TED) presented Dr. Diane Carroll, Department of Special Education, Early Childhood and Linguistically Diverse Education, with the 2014 Teacher Educator award. The Teacher Educator Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to teacher education in special education, preparation of future leaders and/or quality educators, and research supporting the preparation of teachers and/or delivery of services to children with disabilities, legislative leadership, and scholarly works. This award acknowledges Dr. Carroll’s significant contributions to special education, teacher education, and the Colorado TED chapter.


2/5/15: College Summit Colorado APP-A-THON, Friday, February 20th, 2015,  12:30-2:30 PM

School of Education students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend or drop by this event.  For more information, check out the .  From the College Summit website:

"Creating one of the largest student-led trainings of educators in America (pioneered in the Los Angeles Unified School District), College Summit App-a-thons provide a platform for high schoolers to introduce educators and counselors to the next generation of college access and success tools. These apps make the college-going process more transparent, collaborative and easy to navigate for low-income and first generation students and their families."

1/28/15: Students - Meet the Dean!

We will be holding two open forums for students to meet Dr. Elizabeth Hinde, Dean of the School of Education.  Please feel free to stop by, bring your lunch, introduce yourself, and talk about the School of Education with Dr. Hinde.   The forums are scheduled as follows:

Thursday, February 12th, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in WC 259
Wednesday, March 11th. 12:00-1:30 p.m. in WC 257


1/28/15: One last chance to learn about the Denver Student Teacher Residency program for MSU Denver students.

The final Information Sessions about Student Teacher Residency in Denver Public Schools will be held February 11th in WC 136 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Click the link for details.

12/10/14: Tom Ritz, injured war veteran turned special education teacher through MSU Denver's Teacher Licensure Program, was interviewed on 9News.


12/3/2014: Student Teaching Open House Celebration

Please join us in congratulating and cheering the students who successfully completed their student teaching experience.  It will take place Thursday, December 18th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Cajetan’s Cathedral on Auraria Campus.  Colorado Department of Education and District Representatives will be present.  Light refreshments will be served.  We look forward to celebrating with you.

11/12/2014: Reminder! Denver Public Schools Student Teacher Residency Info Session This Thursday.

Information Sessions about Student Teacher Residency in Denver Public Schools will be held October 22nd, November 13th, January 27th, and February 11th in WC 136 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Click the link for details.


10/14/14: Ms. Rosemarie Allen honored by Colorado Black Women for Political Action

Rosemarie Allen, faculty in Early Childhood Education, was one of seven recipients of recognition out of 50 nominees.   Ms. Allen was recognized for her achievements in education. 



10/09/2014: The Test Effect with Dr. John Cooney, November 7th, 2014



10/08/2014: Denver Public Schools Student Teacher Residency

Information Sessions about  will be held October 22nd, November 13th, January 27th, and February 11th in WC 136 from 6:00-8:00 PM.  Click the link for details.

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