The purpose of this institute is to research and identify innovative and cost-effective means for promoting and sustaining the educational success of vulnerable children from early childhood through postsecondary education. The institute consists of three endowed chairs for Early Childhood Learning, Urban Education and Learning Technologies who will lead research and application for understanding and preventing the barriers of underprivileged populations in college prep years and issues related with retention. Much of the research from The Marsico Institute for Literacy and Learning applies to the work at Kennedy Institute for Educational Success.
Clements, Douglas H, PhD
Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Professor, Department of Educational Research, Policy & Practice303-871-3983, KRH 154 Douglas.Clements@du.edu
Dr. Clements received his PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Previously a preschool and kindergarten teacher, he has conducted funded research and published over 500 articles and books in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. Dr. Clements was a member of President Bush's National Math Advisory Panel, the National Research Council’s Committee on Early Mathematics the Common Core State Standards committee and a coauthor of their reports. His research interests include creating, using and evaluating research-based curricula, taking successful curricula to scale using technologies, and learning trajectories in standards, assessment, curriculum and professional development.
Kitchen, Richard, PhD
Professor and Program Coordinator, Curriculum Studies & Teaching, and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Urban Educationrichard.email@example.com 303-871-2255, KRH 337
Dr. Kitchen received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He graduated from Denver East High School, started his teaching career in the Denver Public Schools, and B.F. Kitchen Elementary in Loveland, Colorado is named after his grandfather. Prior to joining the Morgridge faculty in the fall of 2012, Dr. Kitchen was a professor of leadership in mathematics education at the University of New Mexico (UNM) where he held a dual position in the Educational Leadership degree program and the Department of Mathematics & Statistics. His research interests include Diversity and Equity in Mathematics Education, School Reform at Urban Schools that Serve the Poor, Formative Assessment of English Language Learners, and History of Education in the U.S.
Academic Services Associate303-871-2494 Anna.Millies@du.edu
BA in Mathematics, University of Denver.
Primary responsibilities: supporting the Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program, ensuring faculty are assisted as needed and that students are supported from orientation through graduation, providing organization and financial support for grants for the Kennedy Institute.
Sarama, Julie, PhD
Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies, Professor, Department of Educational Research Policy & Practice303-871-2895, KRH 152 Julie.Sarama@du.edu
Dr. Sarama received her PhD from the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. She designed and programmed over 50 published computer programs, including her version of Logo and Logo-based software activities (Turtle Math™, which was awarded Technology & Learning Software of the Year award, 1995, in the category "Math"). Dr. Sarama has taught secondary mathematics and computer science, gifted math at the middle school level, preschool and kindergarten mathematics enrichment classes, and mathematics methods and content courses for elementary to secondary teachers. Her research interests include developing and evaluating research-based educational software and other technologies, using learning trajectories in standards, assessment, educational technology, curriculum and professional development, developing and evaluating research-based curricula, and asking successful curricula to scale using technologies
Van Dine, Doug
Project Director303-871-2726, KRH 154 Douglas.VanDine@du.edu
CAS, Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo, SUNY; MS, Education - Mathematics 7-12, Buffalo State College; BA, Mathematics and Psychology, Houghton College.
Primary responsibilities: Serve as Project Director for two federally-funded projects
(1) For the NSF funded "Measurement" project, oversee day-to-day operations and research procedures including overseeing two graduate research assistants, engage in the data collection (micro-genetic studies), and ensure data and analyses are accurate (e.g., data are “cleaned”) and completed on schedule, and coordinate with the PIs at the University of Denver and Illinois State University to carry out all project activities at the Denver site.
(2) For the IES-funded "EMERGE” project, direct and guide eight graduate research assistants and coders, code videotapes, enter data, assist in analyses, and coordinate with the PIs at the University of Denver, University of Buffalo, and Abt Associates to carry out all project activities at the Denver site.