Michael Wenk

Awards & Honors

Recipient, School of Education Travel Grant Award. 2012.
Recipient, Excellence in Education Outstanding Educator Award, Green Mountain High School, Lakewood, CO. 2005.
Recipient, Jefferson County Schools Employee Recognition Award. 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008.
Recipient, Boettcher Teacher Recognition Award. 2003.
Commencement Speaker, Green Mountain High School Commencement Ceremony. 2005.

Research

I am interested in the ways queer students can be agents of change in schools, particularly as they employ literacies in constructing and performing identities.

Teaching

Graduate Instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education. Language and Literacy in the Content Areas. 2013.
Graduate Instructor, University of Colorado at Boulder School of Education. Integrated Reading and Writing Methods.  2011-2012.
Secondary English Language Arts Curriculum Specialist, Jefferson County Schools, Golden, CO. 2006-2010.
Secondary English Language Arts Teacher, Jefferson County Schools. 1992-2006.

Service & Outreach

Co-Advisor, National Council Teachers of English Student Affiliate, University of Colorado at Boulder. 2011-present.
President, Colorado Language Arts Society. 2011-2012.
Member, Search Committee. The University of Colorado at Boulder. Participated in the hiring process of a tenured literacy professor in the School of Education. 2012.
Moderator, Colorado Literacy Policy Summit. November 11, 2011.
Member, State of Colorado Writing Team for Reading, Writing, and Speaking Content Standards. 2009-2010.
Editor, Statement, the journal of the Colorado Language Arts Society. 2008-2011.

Selected Publications

Feltenberger, A., Cartun, A., Schmidt, K., Wenk, M. (forthcoming). Mindful critical witnesses across educational domains. The Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning (AEPL) Journal.
Overmeyer, M. and Wenk, M. (2009). Writing with our students. Colorado Reading Council Journal 20(1), pp. 31-33.
Wenk, M. (2008). Poetry as mediator and authority: Connecting poems to Of Mice and Men. Statement 44(3), pp. 8-11.
VanPelt, G., Sharpe, L., and Wenk, M. (2007, May 6). Another School Choice. The Denver Post, pp. 1E&3E.
Wenk, M. (July 2005). What I did on my summer vacation. English Journal 94(6), 42-49.