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The Morgridge College of Education, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program at the University of Denver is launching a unique partnership with Teach For America – Colorado.  One of an elite few hybrid programs Executive Leadership for Successful Schools (ELSS) brings together graduate school faculty, local principals and educational organizations.  The focus of this collaboration is to infuse Colorado with transformational leaders from across the country. A highly sought after placement, top Teach For America alumna will be selected from a competitive pool of applicants to participate in the TFA ELSS cohort of the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at the Morgridge College of Education.  Students will collaborate with exceptional faculty as they prepare to become courageous, visionary and transformative school leaders.  In an innovative hybrid teaching environment, students will work online throughout much of the program, but will have the opportunity, via Colorado Teach For America funding, to travel to Denver multiple times over the course of the program.  Once in Denver, students will visit schools in Denver Public Schools and shadow principals on Friday and attend full-day workshops with local aspiring school leaders at the Morgridge College of Education.

The exciting partnership blends the goals of Teach For America – Colorado to be a catalyst to help create transformational classrooms and schools for all kids with the Morgridge College of Education’s tradition of providing purposeful in-context learning experiences that help to transform people, communities and the world.  The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) program has been awarded the 2014 UCEA Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). This award showcases institutions that benefit children and schools through advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders.  The ELPS – Teach For America – Colorado partnership is another example of the many ways in which the Morgridge College of Education is an innovative leader working to transform people, communities and the world.

It is every child’s right to have a transformational leader in every school and every classroom — this video will show you what happens when transformational leaders create strong cultures in their schools, and the lasting impact these people have on our students.

This video tells this story through the lens of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies Graduate & DPS Principal, Nick Dawkins, who was recognized for excellence by the DPS Foundation.

ECSE NIH Story
Developing and Evaluating Tests that Measure & Track Cognitive Functioning

Karen Riley - Desk

Dr. Karen Riley

Multi-site project validates existing tests that track improved thinking and problem-solving skills in people with fragile X syndrome, Down syndrome, and other intellectual disabilities.

Researchers with The Morgridge College of Education at The University of Denver are partners in a multi-site project that validates existing tests designed to measure and track changes in the cognitive functioning of people who are typically difficult to assess accurately. The research is funded through a, five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Principal investigators, Karen Riley Ph.D., Dean and Associate Professor, The Morgridge College of Education; Elizabeth Berry-Kravis Ph.D. M.D., Associate professor,  Rush University Medical Center, Chicago; David Hessl Ph.D., Professor, UC Davis Mind Institute; and Richard Gershon Ph.D., Associate Professor, Northwestern University School of Medicine participate in this ground breaking research.

“The importance of appropriate outcome measures is foundational for intervention research. This project provides an opportunity for The University of Denver to collaborate with national leaders in the field and to partner with researchers at The Children’s Hospital, including Dr. Nicole Tartaglia in the Child Development Center and Dr. Fran Hickey in the Anna and John J Sie Center for Children with Down syndrome. It also provides a unique research opportunity for our students and builds capacity within our community to support children and their families with neurodevelopmental disorders,” said Dean Riley.

The tests will eventually be used to ascertain the effectiveness of medications and other treatments, specifically for people with fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities. Fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome are among the leading causes of intellectual disabilites in the United States and around the world. Fragile X syndrome also is the leading single-gene cause of autism spectrum disorder.

Research Partners

National Institute of Health Grant

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