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.

Matthew Parone in Into the Woods

All the World’s a Stage: Melding Passions with Social Innovation

March 12, 2019

Leadership and Community Engagement sophomore Matthew Parone transferred to CU Boulder this last fall but is already moving full speed ahead. Parone can be found discussing how to encourage respect in the Greek community, acting through CU’s theater program and more all while brainstorming a micro-theater capstone for his major.

Gracie Filler and her Reading Buddies buddy

Buddies For Life: Building More Than Books

Feb. 5, 2019

Education sophomore Gracie Filler interns for Reading Buddies, a program at the Boulder Public Library that pairs CU Boulder undergraduate students with kindergarten through third graders to increase children’s interest in books, reading and writing. “You bond with [the kids], and you make a book with them that you present at the end of the semester,” Filler said.

Boulder County Latino History Project interns

Students shed new light on rich Latino history

Jan. 17, 2019

Three education students interning with the Latino History Project are helping document and preserve the past by making local Latino history available online and for teachers. “This project has allowed us the opportunity to, in a way, rewrite history, my people’s history, to serve as a counter story to the images we receive every day,” said Esmeralda Castillo-Cobian, a senior in the Ethnic Studies and Education BAM program.