2019 Graduates

Photo Album: Celebrating the 2019 #EdBuffs Graduates

May 31, 2019

Congratulations to our recent graduates! Thank you to everyone who joined us at Macky Auditorium in May. We are so proud of all our minors program, teacher licensure and graduate degree recipients. View and download photos here.

Paula Abitia and student

Paying it forward in Higher Ed: First cohort of Master’s in Higher Education students graduates this spring

May 7, 2019

Paula Abitia had always wanted to attend her “dream school,” CU Boulder, yet as a first-generation student of color, the reality of her dream included the struggle for a sense of belonging. She credits higher education professionals with helping her get through challenging times, and now she is paying it forward as a higher education professional and MA graduate.

Paty Abril-Gonzalez with her family and Bill and Connie Barclay at the 2018 Miramontes Scholars Celebration.

Meet Paty Abril-Gonzalez, a mentor for future bilingual teachers who continues the Miramontes legacy

May 3, 2019

How can we do this together in a nicer, kinder and more loving way? This key question guided 2019 Outstanding PhD Graduate Paty Abril-Gonzalez through her doctorate dissertation at CU Boulder and still guides her now in her teaching and research as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin.

Ben Erwin with the Safety Commission

Meet Ben Erwin, a policy analyst with a commitment to educational equity

May 1, 2019

As a former high school teacher and advocate for community empowerment, 2019 Outstanding MA Graduate Ben Erwin realized that he had a passion for the public policies that shape the educational field. “After my time in Mississippi in advocacy, I realized I wanted to pursue a career in education policy,” Erwin said. “My belief in education as a driver of social justice and opportunity continues to drive my passion for education.”

Kyle with her mentor teacher

Meet Kyle O’Keefe, a passionate teacher who believes in fun and fully inclusive classrooms

May 1, 2019

Kyle O’Keefe, 2019 CU Boulder School of Education Outstanding Elementary Education Graduate, believes that learning should be fun all the time. “Fun is a great equalizer in the classroom because it engages everyone in their learning,” O’Keefe said. “Even the most stubborn student can't resist joining in!”

Esmeralda teaching

Meet Esmeralda Castillo-Cobian, a passionate advocate and student of students

April 30, 2019

When Maya Angelou wrote the poem “Still I Rise,” she was speaking from her experience and validating the experiences of those who came before and after her. Her voice and sentiments are alive and well in Esmeralda Castillo-Cobian’s classroom. ith Angelou’s words still resonating in her ears, Castillo-Cobian is set to graduate from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in ethnic studies and her secondary teacher licensure in English education from the School of Education.

Valeria Praga-Rodríguez

Meet Valeria Praga-Rodríguez, an inspiration to teachers, students and her family

April 29, 2019

It can be hard to see the distinctions between the many lives that Valeria Praga-Rodríguez lives as an educator, mother, advocate and learner. She is also setting a positive example for daughters, students and the countless educators she works with at Denver Public Schools.

Estelle Silk at the Build a Better Book showcase

Envisioning an inclusive future

April 24, 2019

Build a Better Book intern Estelle Silk, a sophomore and student ambassador for the CU Boulder School of Education, learned about the importance of inclusivity in teaching and the importance of learning to teach in new ways through the program. “I thought it was really cool because I’d never considered 3D picture books before," Silk said. "It's different from normal braille so it gets kids interested. Adults who go blind also find it really interactive.”

Manuela at Ed Talks

Ed Talks on May 2 to explore trauma, bilingualism, kindergarten, assessment and more

April 17, 2019

Join the CU Boulder School of Education on Thursday, May 2 at Boulder's Dairy Arts Center for the thought-provoking series, Ed Talks. Inspired by TED Talks, Ed Talks are not-to-be-missed short, engaging presentations exploring topics like What Reality TV Taught Me about Everyday Assessment, Trauma as Peril and Potential in Schools, and more.

Best should teach award Susan Jurow

Who is your most inspiring CU Boulder educator? A campus-wide call for 2019 Best Should Teach nominations

March 15, 2019

The campus is calling on students to answer one question: who is your most inspiring educator at CU Boulder? Each fall, the Best Should Teach Awards honor CU Boulder faculty, graduate teachers, and K-12 teachers. Nominate an inspiring professor by April 15.

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