science education

New $7 million initiative seeks to spark curiosity in K-12 science students

Feb. 1, 2021

Led by School of Education Professor William Penuel, the project team will develop three full-year courses in high school biology, chemistry and physics, with Earth and space sciences integrated throughout. The team hopes that the effort will help to ensure that all students, and especially those from groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences, can have access to a high-quality science education.

Penuel and Welner

CU Boulder scholars ranked among the most influential in bringing educational ideas to the public

Jan. 6, 2021

In “Public Influence Rankings” released Jan. 6, two members of the CU Boulder School of Education faculty were recognized as among the nation’s top 200 researchers whose scholarship bridges academic and public audiences. Professors Kevin Welner and Bill Penuel were listed among national Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings.

year in review video

2020: The year in review video

Dec. 31, 2020

As challenging as this year has been, we have a lot to celebrate as 2020 comes to a close and 2021 begins. Here are just some of our top highlights from the CU Boulder School of Education's year, and we look forward to new possibilities in the coming year. We officially moved into the renovated Fleming building, adapted learning and working environments for safety, recommitted to justice, and more.

Bill Penuel in meeting

William Penuel named Distinguished Professor, the highest honor for faculty

Dec. 11, 2020

William Penuel has been named Distinguished Professor, which recognizes faculty members’ outstanding contributions to their academic disciplines and is the highest honor for faculty bestowed by the University of Colorado. Penuel is an influential scholar in the learning sciences, whose work is reimagining educational research and curricula design.

Voices vol 3

Latest issue of Voices magazine centers wellness in the classroom, community, and more

Dec. 2, 2020

The latest issue of the CU Boulder School of Education's magazine, Voices, centers wellness through stories of mindfulness in the classroom, powerful community schools, hip-hop and youth learning, poetry to engage educators, and more. Check it out.


What we're reading

A glimpse into what colleagues are saying about our faculty’s recent publications and more.

Dan Liston

Teaching others and ourselves

When we teach, we are in relationship with our students. It may be as “simple” as relating knowledge, skills and academic understandings. It may include basic or rich understandings of the students we teach—their proclivities and their dreams. And it can take the form of exploring, with our students, a...

Kalonji Nzinga

Poetic justice

Kalonji Nzinga’s work explores hip-hop's role in youth learning, activism For Kalonji Nzinga, listening to youth share their experiences with hip-hop is music to his ears. When legendary hip-hop artist Tupac Shakur sings, “I wonder if heaven has a ghetto,” Nzinga wonders how the powerful prose helps young listeners learn...

Children's Book Festival

Join the School of Education and Boulder Book Store for the 2020 Children’s Book Festival

Nov. 3, 2020

The School of Education and the Boulder Book Store are teaming up to host the virtual Children’s Book Festival on Monday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to noon. The event will feature an interactive panel with nationally known authors, and it invites teachers, K-12 classes, families, librarians — all who love children’s books.

Alumni awards

Kris Gutiérrez and Rubén Donato celebrated at CU Boulder's 2020 Alumni Awards

Oct. 27, 2020

As one of CU Boulder’s longest standing traditions, the 91st annual Alumni Awards Ceremony took on a different virtual format but familiar celebratory character on Oct. 22 to honor just six CU Boulder alumni and leaders, including School of Education alumna Kris D. Gutiérrez and Professor Rubén Donato. Watch their videos.