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Metropolitan State University of Denver’s School of Education established the Office of Education Solutions (OES) with the goal of providing innovative support to the preK-12 education community. OES works with schools and educational agencies in addressing and seeking solutions in teaching, curriculum, equity, and other persistent problems in preK-12 educational settings in the community, nation, and world.
OES aims to provide support to current and future preK-12 educators via the following programs (expand each program for more information).
Visit the Trauma-Informed Practices page for more information.
Visit the Roadrunner Diversity Scholars Program page for more information.
IHECP designs individualized, inclusive college experiences for students with learning, intellectual, and developmental disabilities so they can attend classes, interact with instructors and peers, and explore all that college life has to offer.
The MSU Denver Family Literacy Program (FLP) began in 1994. The mission of FLP is “to meet the literacy needs of metropolitan Denver’s lower-income families.” The program works to break the cycle of poverty and low literacy by providing intergenerational, unified family literacy services for those most vulnerable families.
Family literacy classes meet four times per week for adults and children from low-income families. They also offer GED in Spanish and English classes as well as early education classes for parents.
Home visits ensure the needs of each family are addressed and the families remain connected to the learning of their children.
Research shows that early recognition of childhood-learning and health needs is linked to a dramatic increase in future academic success. The OES early childhood education team aims to address the biggest issues facing Colorado’s youngest learners (birth to 8-year-olds) through two projects:
This project will prepare teachers for the new world of remote learning in PreK-12 classrooms. Since teaching via technology is here to stay, it is vital that educators know how to engage students online and make best use of digital resources. The project will continue to integrate technology into teacher education coursework and provide learning opportunities in online and remote teaching best practices.
Visit the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center page for more information.
Colorado one of three new STEM Learning Ecosystems
Metropolitan State University of Denver leading the statewide effort to create STEM opportunities for all.
DENVER – Colorado is one of three new ecosystems to join the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice (SLECoP), a global movement of leaders devoted to advancing STEM learning opportunities for all. These ecosystems are now part of a collective at the forefront of improving opportunity in education and workforce alignment.
The Colorado STEM Ecosystem is to be housed at Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) in its School of Education’s Office of Education Solutions. Dr. Janelle M. Johnson, Associate Professor of STEM Education, will serve as the Ecosystem director:
“Our goal is to build a STEM coalition to uplift existing successful efforts, and jump start a cross-sector collaboration to bridge educational and economic needs across Colorado. Our definition of STEM is broad, interdisciplinary and inclusive.”
The statewide Ecosystem will be home to eight regional hubs and multiple statewide working groups. The Ecosystem’s innovative digital architecture will facilitate networking and outreach to help Colorado meet its education and workforce goals.
Now with 100 individual ecosystems in more than 40 states across the U.S., as well as in Kenya, Israel, Mexico, and Canada, the SLECoP is a collective of thought leaders and innovators who understand thriving communities are built through collaboration among schools, institutions, businesses and industry, working to ensure all students are engaged STEM learners who are college and career-ready.
For the first time since the pandemic, the SLECoP will gather in-person in Bay City, Mich. from June 20 to June 22 for its annual convening, People, Planet and Prosperity. Any Coloradans interested in representing the state at the convening should reach out to Ecosystem Director, Dr. Janelle Johnson at [email protected].