Taphy Tivaringe

Meet Taphy Tivaringe, changing the education system from the inside out

May 3, 2021

College opportunities, not to mention graduate studies, were rare in the small Southern African country of Zimbabwe where Tafadzwa Tivaringe grew up. With unyielding support from his parents, his community, and mentors, Tivaringe, or “Taphy” as he is known, did his undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of Cape...

Will Lindsay skiing

Meet Will Lindsay, a teacher turned researcher looking to broaden STEM education

May 3, 2021

Will Lindsay comes from a long line of educators and CU Boulder alumni. Naturally, he followed in the footsteps of his family members and became a high school science teacher in Colorado Springs and later Denver after graduating from Colorado College. He loved teaching, but he could not shake the...

Justin Boos

Meet Justin Boos, tribal school founder and educational equity campaigner

May 3, 2021

The need to sustain the Comanche language and culture has always been at the heart of Justin Boos’ 20-plus-year career working with and for Native American tribal members. Forever focused on education equity, Boos has been a director for Comanche Nation Workforce program, an Education Specialist for the Comanche Nation...

Rachel in a classroom

Meet Rachel Emmitt, teacher and critical educator

April 29, 2021

Rachel Emmitt has always known that she wanted to become a teacher, in part, thanks to the amazing elementary teachers she had in school. When it came time for her to apply to undergraduate programs, CU Boulder’s elementary education program stood out for its opportunities to be close to her...

Erica and family

Meet Erica Bednar, world traveler and literacy educator

April 29, 2021

Erica Bednar traveled the world and thousands of miles before returning to CU Boulder and her hometown to earn her Master’s degree in literacy studies education from the School of Education. A CU Boulder Buff through and through, Bednar earned her bachelor’s degree in creative writing from CU in 2006...

Sara and family

Meet Sara Swain, leading, moving and grooving for justice

April 29, 2021

For Sara Swain, the old adage is true: mom knows best. Swain came to CU Boulder originally majoring elementary education after working with the kindergarteners in her mother’s classroom at her childhood elementary school in Evergreen, Colorado, but she soon questioned if teaching was in her heart. Swain switched her...

Pathways 2 Teaching event

School of Education and College of Engineering launch Inclusive Teaching and Pedagogy in STEAM collaboration

April 23, 2021

The CU Boulder School of Education and College of Engineering and Applied Science have teamed up to launch a new Inclusive Teaching and Pedagogy in STEAM Learning collaboration. The initiative aims to create a space for faculty, staff and students across disciplines to engage in conversations, practice and action centered on issues that live at the intersections of equity, inclusion and education.

Best Should Teach Awards 2019

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

Feb. 23, 2021

Who are your most inspiring educators at CU Boulder? The Best Should Teach Awards honor faculty, graduate teachers, and K-12 teachers at the annual CU Boulder Best Should Teach Ceremony. Student nominations are a key consideration of the selection process, and 2021 nominations are due Friday, April 16.

Julia Daniel in Georgia

Behind the movement: Doctoral candidate contributes to organizing and Georgia’s historic voter turnout

Feb. 23, 2021

This January, all eyes were on the state of Georgia as voter turnout reached historic levels during two runoff Senate elections following record turnout in November. Julia Daniel was one of the many organizers who dropped everything to focus on electoral organizing efforts in November and again leading up to the runoff election.

Mentor teacher video

Video: Giving thanks to our mentor teachers and student teachers

Feb. 16, 2021

In these unusual times, the School of Education is beyond grateful for our school partners and mentor teachers, who are helping student teachers navigate challenging times with strength, joy, and creativity in their classrooms. Each teaching team has a unique story. We asked some student teachers and their mentors what their partnership has meant to them, and here is what they shared.