Schools of opportunity

5 lessons on improving US education—from high schools that beat the odds

April 17, 2023

Edited by a trio of CU Boulder education researchers, a new book titled Schools of Opportunity: 10 Research-Based Models of Equity in Action tells the stories of nine U.S. high schools that flourished despite the odds—overcoming tough challenges to offer students from a wide range of backgrounds rich and even joyful educational experiences.


Your CU Boulder Guide to AERA 2023

March 17, 2023

Each year, the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting represents the world's largest gathering of education researchers and is a showcase for groundbreaking, innovative research. We are looking forward to the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting that will take place in Chicago, IL, April 13-16 and virtually May 4-5. Use this guide to follow and support CU Boulder researchers and their work.

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Crown Spotlight Story on Kalonji Nzinga

Feb. 20, 2022

Kalonji Nzinga is a cultural psychologist exploring how millennials and post-millennials develop their ethical world views. Check out this second installment of the Renée Crown Wellness Institute's "Spotlight Stories" featuring Dr. Nzinga and his work as a trans-disciplinary researcher and storyteller.

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The Assembly Issue 4: Educators Moving Towards Collective Liberation

Feb. 1, 2022

The latest issue of the Assembly, an open-access, peer-reviewed, online publication edited by School of Education doctoral students, is called "Educators Moving Towards Collective Liberation." It features a multimodal collection of reflections by educator-scholars who attended the Educator Institute for Equity and Justice hosted by A Queer Endeavor last summer.

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2021: Year in Review

Jan. 10, 2022

2021 was another challenging year, but we have a lot to be grateful for as move ahead to 2022 and spring semester. Here are five of our top highlights from the CU Boulder School of Education’s past year, as we look forward to positivity and new possibilities in the coming year.

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Dreaming of new worlds

Dec. 1, 2021

Stephanie Toliver celebrates Black women in science fiction and beyond Stephanie Toliver was an undergraduate studying English education in Tallahassee, Florida, when she discovered a book that changed her life. The novel was Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler. Published in 1993, the science fiction story follows a young...

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Seeking stories

Dec. 1, 2021

Jen stood in front of her class of ninth grade students at the beginning of our study and asked, “How many of you feel like you’re in charge of writing your own stories? The story of your life?” Students sat in small groups. A few hands went up, but most...


Daring to dream

Dec. 1, 2021

Amid a pandemic and beyond, educators reimagine the future of K–12 schools There has been no such thing as a “normal” year of teaching for up-and-coming educator Diana Bustamante-Aguilar, and she sees that as a good thing. As a student teacher, she joined the masses of educators who protested before...

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Kindergartners from low-income schools wait more, move less than wealthier school peers

Oct. 14, 2021

A new study led by CU Boulder's Mimi Engel has taken one of the most in-depth looks yet at a typical day-in-the-life of a kindergarten student. The team’s results suggest that kids attending schools serving low-income communities in a large urban area seem to spend their class time differently than students from wealthier backgrounds.

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New climate learning series to examine justice, emotion, action in education

Aug. 15, 2021

Teachers, informal educators, youth organizers, researchers and more gathered to reimagine climate change education for a more just and sustainable world through a series of free webinars and an in-person gathering at CU Boulder in August and September. Watch the Climate Change Learning Series webinars, which uniquely focused on the role of justice, emotion and action.