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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...


Faculty Bookshelf

Nov. 12, 2019

A quick look at what colleagues are saying about our faculty’s recent publications.



First cohort of Master’s in Higher Education students graduates Denver native 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...


Coming home

From student to custodian to principal, alumnus uses experience to transform local schools It feels good to be home, says Michael Atkins with his contagious smile, as the proud new principal of Denver’s Stedman Elementary, a dual language school. “I wanted to go back into the community and give back,”...

Hayley Brenden

Bringing diversity, equity and inclusion into the classroom

Hayley Breden (MAEdu’16), graduate in educational foundations, policy and practice, has taught social studies at Denver South High School for almost 10 years, and she is always looking for ways to create awareness and inclusivity in her classroom. In 2004, when Breden told her high school history teacher that she...


From the archives: CU would rather fight than switch

In 1979, the School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder faced a threat: Colorado Gov. Dick Lamm’s budget proposal suggested eliminating the School of Education and encouraged making the University of Northern Colorado the state’s “center of excellence” for education. According to the Daily Camera’s Feb. 8, 1979,...


Alumni Connections

Most prestigious CU Boulder alumni award to honor Jackie Colt We all know educators who have changed lives, and the scope of Jackie Colt’s passion has enhanced the lives of countless students, parents, teachers and administrators. This fall, Colt will be recognized with CU Boulder’s most prestigious alumni award, the...


Youth Rising

How today's youth are finding their voice, and what we can learn from them “Say it loud, say it clear, immigrants are welcome here,” the high school students chanted as they carried colorful signs and blasted messages via megaphone. Drivers slowed and many honked as the marchers made their way...


Perfect Pairs

Time and time again, we hear scholarships are one of the biggest factors in recruiting and retaining talented students. As the cost of living and expectations for education students continue to increase, scholarships are needed now more than ever to support promising and passionate students and future teachers. In their...


5 Dimensions of community-engaged research

Many challenges that communities face are ones for which community members have the desire, knowledge and vision to address. What they often do not have, particularly in historically marginalized communities, are the resources—economic, institutional, educational—that could enable them to actualize those visions. Collaborations with institutions such as universities and nonprofits...