News and Announcements
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!
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.
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.
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."
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr. Philip Bernhardt (email@example.com) 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.
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4/27/16: SoE Faculty Members Earn Promotion to Full Professor and Associate Professor!
ToBecomeATeacher.org 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 ToBecomeATeacher.org 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 ToBecomeATeacher.org 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"
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!
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: Project WILD Workshop 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 see the flyer for more details. Contact Dr. Mary Heuwinkel (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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 (email@example.com) or Dr. Philip Bernhardt (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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!
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!
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.
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: Project Learning Tree 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.
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. Read more...
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.
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]
“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.
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 Advising 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.
Read the book, join the discussion. April 1st at Zook's Coffee Shop. See the flyer below for details.
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.
School of Education students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend or drop by this event. For more information, check out the College Summit Colorado APP-A-THON. 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."
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: Check out the story on Tom Ritz, injured war veteran turned special education teacher through MSU Denver's Teacher Licensure Program.
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.
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.
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
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.
10/02/2014: Help Shape Higher Education Funding: MSU Denver's Telephone Town Hall on 10/06/2014
9/2/2014: Project Learning Tree - Fall 2014
Check out Project Learning Tree on Saturday, September 13th, 2014! Click the link above for details. Register by September 7th, 2014. More info:
All teacher candidates ECE-12 and Special Education: This workshop can help YOU! For $20 ($25 after Sunday) and for participating in a workshop, you'll receive an awesome guide with ready-to-go activities connected to standards in science, literacy, math and social studies. One of your peers recently said these workshops (we offer two others in spring and summer) "saved her life as a sub" when she took a long-term sub job and was left no plans. The workshop is active, fun and short -- you'll spend around an hour on "homework" online before the workshop and four to five hours on Saturday morning at the workshop. Please note: Students in Elementary Science Methods classes will leave the workshop at 12:30. Contact Mary Heuwinkel, Ed.D. with any questions.
We will be reading and discussing "Myth of the Normal Curve" by Curt Dudley-Marling and Alex Gurn on June 25th, 2014, 5-7 pm at Zook's Coffee Chop in NW Denver. Feel free to pass the information on to new faculty, students, staff, teachers in schools, administrators, and anyone else you think might be interested in discussing this book with us. Feel free to obtain the book from any bookstore or library of your choosing.
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.