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A Queer Endeavor comes of age in Colorado

June 25, 2021

Just before Denver's Pride weekend, the team behind an innovative effort to make classrooms safer for LGBTQ youth discusses how schools shape what people think is normal.

A graduate from Centaurus High School celebrates in a car parade in May 2021. (Credit: Glenn Asakawa)

Amid a pandemic, educators reimagine the future of K-12 schools

May 26, 2021

Education researchers are increasingly seeing the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to rethink how we teach kids in the United States, making school curricula more relevant to the lives of young people.

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A new education program provides essential support for essential employees

May 19, 2021

Born out of the pandemic but not confined to it, the new Buffs for Front Line Service Employees program provides equitable educational support to the families and school-aged children of the university’s essential employees. Through in-person and virtual support across subject areas and grade levels, Buffs4FLSE fosters a welcoming and nurturing where CU Boulder service employees and their families feel seen and valued.

Michelle Lopez

Meet Michelle Lopez, a bilingual educator dreaming of new possibilities for her school and community

May 6, 2021

Michelle Lopez’s Colorado roots run deep, and her family histories and culture have helped shape her work as a bilingual teacher. The lucha (or struggle) toward truth can sometimes feel overwhelming and daunting, but it can light the path toward unity and harmony. Completing this program represents a fight for...

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Meet Lauren Gaona, teacher and lifelong learner

May 5, 2021

Lauren Gaona’s students are often her best teachers. After teaching in Thailand, her Thai students taught her the true essence of being a teacher is about building trusting relationships and creating a space for everybody to bring their whole, authentic selves into the classroom. As a teacher, it’s ok to...

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Meet Corey Ferraro, extraordinary educator in extraordinary circumstances and beyond

May 5, 2021

Corey Ferraro had his sights set on two things: becoming a teacher and attending the University of Colorado Boulder. The Master’s Plus Teacher Licensure program in the School of Education allowed him to check both of those boxes in just one year. Becoming a teacher is a life change I...


Meet Lianna Nixon, whose lens on climate communications is changing education and activism

May 5, 2021

Lianna Nixon is an environmental photographer and activist, but on Earth Day 2020, she was not thinking about marches or demonstrations. That was the day she found out if her spot on the world’s largest polar research expedition was still on despite the spread of a global pandemic. Photography and...


Meet Jax Gonzalez, striving for liberation in education, sociology and everything they do

May 5, 2021

Jax Gonzalez’s impressive academic accomplishments and educational pursuits would astound even their former self. I strive for liberation in everything that I do, and teaching is an opportunity to dream about building a world we all want to live in." “As a first-generation college student, to complete a graduate degree...

Katherine Lindauer

Meet Katharine Lindauer, student-athlete advisor and advocate

May 5, 2021

As an academic coordinator for student-athletes, Katharine Lindauer is used to supporting varsity student-athletes as they pursue success on the playing surface and in the classroom, but in the Master’s in Higher Education program, Lindauer is the student, learner, and supporter for classmates. I'm so appreciative of the opportunity to...

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Ed Talks reimagined beautiful and just futures through play, heart, truth, and dreams

May 5, 2021

In May, the CU Boulder School of Education hosted an evening of reimagining new social and educational futures through the art of play, heart, truth, and dreams at the Ed Talks virtual event. At times lyrical, lighthearted, and deeply personal, the videos from this series of CU Boulder's Ed Talks are now available and sure to leave the audience full of hope and excitement for a more beautiful and just future.