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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.

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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.

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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.

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Watch now: 2020 Ed Talks centered educators' voices, experiences, and visions for the future

Nov. 30, 2020

This fall, CU Boulder's Ed Talks centered educators' voices and visions for the future. From a first-year teacher to a co-founder of an innovative new school, speakers shared how they are sustaining and supporting themselves, their colleagues, their students, and their communities in these challenging times. Watch the special virtual event in its entirety or view individual talks online.

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Police-free schools, explained

The police-free schools movement has gained recent traction from coast to coast. Under direct pressure from organizing groups and a civically engaged public mobilized by state violence against Black men, women and children, school districts are reducing or eliminating contracts with police, specifically school resource officers (SROs). If you’re unfamiliar...

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The call for community schools

Blurring the lines between supportive schools and thriving communities As a teenager walking the halls of her suburban, middle-class high school, Julia Daniel witnessed injustices and unequal access to educational programs despite her school’s outstanding college-readiness reputation. “There was an emphasis on critical thinking and a lot of opportunities for...

New $20 million center to bring AI into the classroom

New $20 million center to bring AI into the classroom

Aug. 26, 2020

Can computers work side-by-side with groups of students to support their engagement in meaningful learning experiences designed by their teachers? That’s the vision of a new research collaboration led by CU Boulder. “Students need to understand how AI functions in the world now, including its potential role in building a ‘surveillance economy,’ and how it can help communities design together for a more just future,” said co-PI and School of Education Professor Bill Penuel.

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BUENO Center for Multicultural Education welcomes Jesús Rodríguez as Executive Director

July 21, 2020

Jesús Rodríguez is the new of Executive Director of the BUENO Center for Multicultural Education in School of Education. Rodríguez brings extensive experience as a school and district leader in Denver Public Schools and is an alumnus of the center’s College Assistance Migrant Program, Career Ladder Program, and Master's in Educational Equity and Cultural Diversity program.

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Coronavirus lays bare inequities in K-12 education

May 18, 2020

Imagine doing your high school math or history homework while also being the full-time caregiver for your younger sibling. It’s a challenge that teenagers across the country are facing as schools have switched to online classes, said CU Boulder education researcher Michelle Renée Valladares.

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COVID-19: Coming together with resources and support for our education community

April 22, 2020

From self-care webinars and remote teaching lesson plans for teachers to makerspace-produced masks, our education community is coming together to support and uplift one another during these challenging times. Follow this ever-evolving web page featuring just some of the resources and stories of inspiration from and for our education community.