Staff Highlights

Mary Albertoni, MS, Office of Human Resources, was the managing editor of the seventh edition of the gifted education monograph, Perspectives in Gifted Education: Legal Issues. This year’s monograph, published in time for the 10th anniversary gifted education symposium and conference, addressed the challenges and opportunities present in current legal contexts related to gifted learners in the United States. The monograph included essays from 21 experts in gifted education and advocacy from across the country. The editor of the publication was Dr. Norma Hafenstein and the work was funded by The Office of the Daniel L. Ritchie Endowed Chair in Gifted Education, Considine Family Foundation, and The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation.

Josh Davies, MA, Office of Information Technology, received an award from Dr. Wendy Wendover, Dean of the Colorado Christian University (CCU) School of Education, for his leadership with the Project LINK Professional Learning Community. Davies’ guidance on this project will enable CCU to strengthen the persistence of novice rural Colorado teachers through ECHO-DU’s hub-and-spoke model of virtual learning.

Adriana Lopez, MA, Office of Marketing and Communications, was elected to the Museo de las Americas (Museo) Board of Trustees. Lopez will lead the communication and young professionals outreach for the board. Located in the heart of the Santa Fe Arts District, Museo is the premier Latin American art museum in the Rocky Mountain Region. Museo has served the Denver community for 27 years through award-winning exhibitions, arts education programming and special events.

Rachel Riley, MA, Office of Admissions, joined the Rocky Mountain Alliance Children’s Foundation, a local 501(c)3 organization, run by professional women to raise money for Denver children’s charities. As a member of the grants committee, Riley helps to oversee the grant application, site visits and grant allocation of $120,000 each year for more than 20 organizations.

Ron Roybal, MA, Positive Early Learning Experiences Center, presented LEAP: Strategies to Support the Successful Inclusion of Students with Disabilities to STAR NET Region II. STAR NET is a Support and Technical Assistance Regional NETwork for professionals in the early childhood education community and parents of young children with special needs.

Shannon Stark-Guss, PhD, Marsico Institute, provided a webinar for foster parents through a training program organized by the National Resource Center for Youth Services. The presentation focused on helping foster parents recognize the effects of stress and provided strategies to cultivate resilience using a family systems theory framework.

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