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WC

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162

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21

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Dr. Canges began her career in education as a Middle School Special Education teacher in California where she focused on promoting awareness and acceptance of students with disabilities by implementing district-wide Disabilities Awareness programs. In addition to her work with students with disabilities, over the last 18 years, Dr. Canges has engaged in research and conducted school-based trainings on utilizing the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model to improve instruction for English Language Learners. Currently, Dr. Canges is investigating methods for improving teacher preparation programs so that teachers are prepared to support students with disabilities that are included in their classroom.



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Faculty

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WC

Office Number:
162

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21

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Dr. Rosemarie Allen began teaching at MSU Denver in 2004.  Her research interests are related to addressing the disproportionate number of children of color expelled and suspended from early childhood programs through culturally responsive teaching.  She was appointed as a Global Leader for Early Childhood in 2009 and represents the United States biannually at World Forums across the globe.  Dr. Allen served as Director of the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Child Care, for five years.  During her tenure, she worked with state and national leaders to create programs that became nationwide models. The Center for Social Emotional Competence (Pyramid Plus) was created, quality measures were added to early childhood rules and regulations, a statewide quality rating system for all licensed programs was initiated, early childhood guidelines aligned with Colorado Department of Education standards were developed, and the Professional Development blueprint was formed, building the foundation for Colorado to receive a 45 million dollar Race to the Top Early Childhood Challenge grant in 2011.  Dr. Allen consults with early childhood leaders on culturally responsive practices, micro-aggressions and facing personal bias and privilege.   She currently serves on the National Pyramid Model Consortium team, has served on the Board of the National Association for Regulatory Agencies, the Mayor’s Commission on Early Childhood, the Early Childhood Professional Development Task Force and many governor and mayoral commissions.



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Faculty

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WC

Office Number:
136

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21

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Dr. Lisa Altemueller has thirteen years of experience teaching at the university level and four years at the K-8 level. Currently she serves as chair of the Elementary and Literacy Education department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her teaching experience at the university level includes course work in Colorado content standards, assessment, differentiation, instructional planning, language development, reading disabilities, classroom management and foundations of elementary education. Dr. Altemueller’s research interests include teacher candidate professional behaviors, hybrid classroom instruction, effective teacher preparation programming, and parent involvement in education. She has published several articles and presented at numerous international, national conferences and state conferences. She co-wrote two grants targeting literacy for incarcerated youth. One grant was funded and lead to the development of a summer literacy program at a local youth detention center. She also co-wrote and received a grant designed to pay the tuition of students during their student teaching semester.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

Campus Box Number:
21

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Dr. Anderson’s special education classroom experience focused on serving the needs of students with learning disabilities at the elementary and middle school levels. Her research has been centered on case studies, dyslexia and online learning. She is the author of Case Studies for Inclusive Schools (2013), currently in the third edition, as well as numerous papers and presentations on this topic. Dr. Anderson is the principal investigator of the International Dyslexia Project, which is a longitudinal qualitative investigation aimed at studying global perspectives of dyslexia in children and adolescents across six continents and 14 different languages. The research from the first phase of the study, focusing on children between 10 and 12 years of age, was published in the volume International Case Studies of Dyslexia (2011). Phase two of this study is a four-year follow-up of these children who are currently adolescents (14 to 16 years of age), which will be completed in 2015. Dr. Anderson has developed six online/hybrid classes for the special education program at MSU Denver and has researched principles of effective online delivery of instruction. She is also the co-author of a series of six trade books, Streamlined Shakespeare (1999-2006) that were written for adolescents with dyslexia. Dr. Anderson received the Golden Key Outstanding Researcher Award in 2012.

Dr. Anderson received her degrees from the University of Florida (B.S.), The Citadel (M.Ed.), the University of Denver (Ph.D.), and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Medical University.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

Campus Box Number:
21

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Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

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21

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Dr. Carroll began her teaching career in a classroom for students with significant support needs with a focus on inclusion, self-determination and independence. Her areas of interest continue to include students with significant support needs and positive behavior supports. As a consultant for the Colorado Department of Education, she is an advisor on The Colorado Model Autism and Significant Support Needs Program (COMASP), a state improvement project to create model educational sites for students with severe disabilities. Dr. Carroll continues to conduct research on programs for students with significant support needs, incorporating that information into her courses at MSU Denver. Additionally, she has several publications related to paraprofessionals and inclusive programming for students with significant support needs.



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Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

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21

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Dr. Chavez comes from a large Latino family.  Her father’s family roots run deep in the Pueblo area and her mother is of Mexican descent, first generation.  Due to a father in the US Military, Lorretta’s family travelled extensively.  Upon her father’s retirement, they settled in Aurora, CO, where she finished high school.  Lorretta went on to earn her undergraduate degree from the University of Northern Colorado and taught Elementary School in the Northern Colorado area for 23 years, where she still resides today.  After earning her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2007, Dr. Chavez found a home away from home at MSU Denver.   

Dr. Chavez’s philosophy of education is simple – all students want to be cared about, supported, and they want to trust that their teacher will take the time to demonstrate this caring and support. Once trust is established, students can be taught anything.  In addition, being organized, prepared, and creating engaging/hands-on learning experiences are also critical and of the utmost importance for student success.

Currently, Dr. Chavez’s research interests lie in the effects of subtractive bilingualism. She is also interested in Latino teacher identity development, particularly in how Latinos navigate their schooling experiences and how that affects their efforts in becoming teachers.



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Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

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21

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Dr. Bill Gustashaw is an Assistant Professor in Special Education. Prior to teaching at the university level, Dr. Gustashaw taught students with learning and behavior disabilities at the elementary and secondary levels in both Indiana and Virginia. Dr. Gustashaw’s research interests include effective academic and behavioral interventions for students with learning and behavior disabilities and federal education policy for students with disabilities. He is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the charter school, John Adams High School and is also serving on the Foundations Committee for Parker Core knowledge Charter School.

Dr. Gustashaw has a BA in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Indiana University-Bloomington, MS in Special Education from Indiana University-Bloomington, and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.



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Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

Campus Box Number:
21

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Dr. Kara Halley is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Dr. Halley’s experience in the school setting primarily consists of developing inclusive educational programs for students with significant disabilities and providing transition services to students with a wide variety of disabilities. Her research interests consist of inclusive education, transition and post-secondary services, educational programs for students with significant disabilities, culturally diverse students with disabilities, and teacher preparation. Dr. Halley currently serves as a consultant for the Colorado Department of Education on the Colorado Model Autism and Significant Support Needs Program (COMASP) which focuses on creating model education and transition programs for these students. Currently in her seventh year as a faculty member at MSU Denver, Dr. Halley has taught courses focusing on individualized education plans, lesson plan development, transition services and planning, inclusive education, significant cognitive disabilities, and emotional/behavioral disorders. 


Dr. Halley received her Doctorate of Education and Master of Arts in Special Education from the University of Northern Colorado and her Bachelor of Arts from Adams State College in Elementary Education.



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Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

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21

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Dr. Herring has been in the field of education for almost 20 years. She began her teaching career as a teacher of the deaf at a middle school in Salem, Oregon.  In 2002, she graduated with her doctorate in Special Education with an emphasis in Applied Behavior Analysis from The Ohio State University.  Her previous research interests focused on active student responding strategies and techniques in classrooms for the deaf.  Her current research interest includes adapting online learning for students with disabilities at the postsecondary level.    Dr. Herring currently teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses at MSU Denver.



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Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

Campus Box Number:
21

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Dr. Malinda Jones is an Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and a Doctorate of Education in Reading (Literacy Development and Instruction) with an emphasis on emergent literacy. Originally from Virginia, her teaching career spans the continuum of early childhood education, from preschool to the early primary grades. In addition to teaching, she has directed non-profit, for profit, and co-operative early childhood programs in Colorado and consulted with numerous school districts and independent early childhood programs.  Dr. Jones’ research interests and teaching emphasize the effects of quality classroom interactional processes and environmental design on young children’s academic and social-emotional learning and developmentally effective literacy curriculum and assessment. Sheis the co-author of a curriculum textbook, Curriculum for the Primary Years; An Integrative Approach (Merrill-Prentice Hall). Dr. Jones serves on several advisory boards including the Denver Early Childhood Council, the Colorado Department of Education Early Childhood Professional Development Advisory Board, the Arapahoe Community College Early Childhood Education Advisory Board, and the Collaborative School Committee of a Denver Title I elementary school.  She is currently working with the Colorado Department of Education to develop state competencies and training approval requirements for early childhood educators and administrators. These will serve as the foundation for the Professional Development Information System (PDIS), which supports the professional development for Colorado’s early childhood workforce.



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Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

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21

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Dr. Ann Morrison is an Assistant Professor in Teacher Education at MSU Denver. Dr. Morrison was a special education teacher and school administrator for ten years prior to beginning her doctoral work in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Currently in her sixth year as faculty at MSU Denver, Dr. Morrison has taught courses on literacy instruction for struggling students, education research, classroom assessment, exceptional learners, and students with emotional and behavioral challenges. 


Dr. Morrison holds a Ph.D. in Literacy Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an M.A. in Special Education from the University of Colorado at Denver, and a B.A. in American Political Economy from the University of California at Berkeley. 


Find Dr. Morrison online at makelearninghappen.com. Follow her on twitter @learninghappens.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

Campus Box Number:
21

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Vicki Nilles has been in the field of education for over 24 years, specializing in working with culturally and linguistically diverse learners. She has an M.A. in bilingual special education and Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction. Dr. Nilles is particularly interested in the educational neuroscience of how the brain learns and what that means directly for classroom instruction and providing optimum learning opportunities for all students. These effective strategies are modeled consistently in all of her courses. Dr. Nilles attends and presents regularly at conferences emphasizing the importance of providing brain- based instructional strategies for all students, especially those acquiring English as a second language. Research interests include exploring and analyzing the important three R’s in effective instruction; the RELATIONSHIPS between students and their teachers as well as those among students, the RELEVANCY of curriculum to students and how it pertains to their futures, and instructional RIGOR as related to high expectation for all students in the classroom. These important factors help establish that social connections within classrooms lead to academic success.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

Campus Box Number:
21

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Dr. Sanjurjo has been involved in education for over thirty years of her life. She has an M.A. , Ed.M., and ED.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in History is from the University of Puerto Rico. She was an Associate Dean at Boricua College in New York City and a bilingual teacher and librarian in Denver public schools. Dr. Sanjurjo teaches courses that will help prepare future culturally responsive teachers for US public schools and is involved in research projects on developing effective and culturally sensitive teachers for high needs schools.



Position Role:
Faculty

Office Location:
WC

Office Number:
162

Campus Box Number:
21

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Office Number:
162

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Faculty Projects

New Collaborative Publications from SOE Faculty This Semester

Dr. Tina HerringDr. Ann Morrison, and Dr. Kathryn Young published two articles this semester. Take a SIP of This: Peer-to-Peer Promotion of Strong Instructional Practice, co-authored with colleagues Dr. Lunden McDonald and Dr. Elizabeth Kleinfeld, was published in the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in August. Conceptual Strategies for Culturally Sustaining and Inclusive Education will be published in Kappa Delta Pi Record in October.

 

Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP)

spent two years developing the University's Human Subjects Protection Program (HSPP) and chaired the Institutional Review Board (IRB). She was invited to present a workshop at the annual meeting of the international organization for human research, Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R) in 2014. She will be one of just a few of the conference faculty representing human research protections in small research programs, a specialty area for PRIM&R.

ACCESS Center Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Recognition Award

With her colleague Dr. Kathryn Young, Dr. Ann Morrison earned the 2014 MSU Denver annual ACCESS Center Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Recognition Award. The award recognizes faculty commitment to the implementation of principles of UDL to improve access and inclusion for all students. UDL is an approach to teaching that consists of the proactive design and use of inclusive instructional strategies that benefit a broad range of learners including students with disabilities. 

Council for Exceptional Children 2014 Teacher Educator Award

On Saturday, January 31, 2015 the Council for Exceptional Children Colorado Teacher Education Division (TED) presented Dr. Diane Carroll 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.

 


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