The following resources are available to our students, faculty and staff regarding the recent acts of violence in schools:


Campus Resources for Students

The Health & Counseling Center (HCC) provides many medical and mental health services, including crisis and after-hours support. All DU students have access to crisis services at the HCC, regardless of insurance coverage (phone: 303-871-2205; Ritchie Center, 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd., Suite 3N).

If you need help coordinating a response of your own or programming; contact the Office of Cultural & Spiritual Life (OSCL) at

Student Outreach & Support is a University resource where trained staff members ensure that students are connected to appropriate campus resources, have a plan of action to meet their goals, and learn how to navigate challenging situations. The Student Support Pathway can be activated by completing a report at or by calling 303-871-2400 to consult.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion provides leadership, guidance and resources in support of the University’s commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive institution. To contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, please email

Campus Resources for Employees

Benefited DU employees are eligible for the EAP, which offers up to six counseling sessions each fiscal year. These individual sessions are available at no cost. Call 303-871-2205 and follow the prompts for an after-hours counselor on call.

Let us remember that at DU, we deeply care about each other, and we work daily to foster a unified community whose members may rely on one another for support. In this time, we are all connected in our grief and sorrow for those impacted.

Three hundred forty-five miles from the University of Denver is the West End School District RE-2. Tucked into the southwest region of Colorado, West End Serves the communities of Bedrock, Naturita, Nucla, and Paradox, covers over 1,000 square miles, and serves approximately 250 total students. Providing education to the rural farming communities, the district faces challenges like any other school district; yet its isolated location brings with it a different set of obstacles when providing the best possible education for students and teachers alike.

Mike Epright, West End’s Superintendent, has made a push and a commitment to maintain quality education. According to West End’s website, the district does so “by providing elevated academic classes, vocational and technical training, and special education programs… Students throughout the district also have the advantage of excellent technology and the opportunity to obtain multiple college credits prior to graduation.”

The district also made a commitment to build capacity through the development of its educators by participating in the Colorado Department of Education Turnaround Leadership Grant Program. The Turnaround Leadership grant, as described by the Colorado Department of Education, “establishes and promotes leadership training specifically for the turnaround environment and is an integral part of Colorado’s state-wide strategy to improve the performance of students in the lowest-performing schools and districts in the state.”

The grant works in two ways: one grant is for the participant (e.g., West End School District RE-2), and one grant is for the provider (e.g., Morgridge College of Education). Together, the entities are able to provide training to educators who can then return to their districts with the tools they need to implement lasting, positive change.

In 2015 two worlds became one as the West End School District partnered with the Morgridge College of Education’s Education Leadership Policy Studies (ELPS) Mountain Cohort. Through this unique partnership, two educators from West End were able to engage in Morgridge College’s ELPS classes in order to expand their personal breadth of knowledge and enrich their district. This fall, another West End educator will join the 2017 Mountain Cohort.

Suddenly, 345 miles was not too far.

“Having the opportunity to develop and implement current research in school improvement, the West End School District has been able to benefit from having two ‘grow your own’ educators take part in the University of Denver’s Aspiring Leaders/ELPS MA Program,” said Epright. “Over the two-year commitment, these two leaders helped shape the instruction and assessment in the district and provided current professional development to staff which shaped a new program change to Project Based Learning.”

Hank Nelson, Morgridge graduate and Instructional Leader at Nucla Elementary School, agrees with Epright. “Participating in the ELPS MA Program was the most beneficial, fulfilling, and impactful experience of my professional career,” he said. “Not one experience failed to be valuable, developing my growth as a leader while indirectly providing a service to the needs of our district. This program made me into an equitable, adaptable, data-driven, innovative, inquiring, and action-research oriented leader.”

An action-oriented leader is exactly the type of leader Epright wants in his schools.

“…through hard work and cooperation, they set a vision of educating each student to the best of their ability,” he added. “I strongly recommend all rural districts reach out to the programming offered!”

The Morgridge College of Education is committed to addressing the needs of both rural and turnaround schools. With its constant adaptation to meet the needs of its students, Morgridge hopes to bridge the divide between distance and hands-on learning. Its Mountain Cohort specifically strives to create an opportunity for rural communities to invest in school leaders who were already part of those communities. In this way, turnaround leadership can organically occur.

The ELPS program, which earned a top 20 ranking in Best Education Administration and Supervision by the U.S. News and World Report in 2016, is now accepting applications for its Mountain Cohort for fall 2017.

Morgridge College of Education (MCE) held its annual Hooding Ceremony in the Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall Commons on June 8, 2017. A total of 35 PhD and EdD graduates and candidates received the honorary doctoral hood from their faculty advisor.

After Dean Karen Riley’s welcome, each graduate was hooded by their faculty advisor and given a chance to share comments with the audience. Common themes of the doctoral reflections focused on overcoming obstacles, the impact of MCE faculty, the support of the student cohort, and the goal of creating more equitable opportunities for all.

The Hooding Ceremony is a symbolic passing of the torch from one generation of academic doctors to the next. Please see the entire Hooding Ceremony photo gallery on Flickr.

Kayanne Klipka, a 2017 graduate from the LIS program, is a featured student on DU’s special Commencement website. The following story, written by Jeremy Jones from DU’s Marketing and Communication Office, appears below.

As students across the country prepare for commencement, many will be faced with the important question of “now what?” Whether it’s continuing with their education, entertaining job offers or taking time to see the world, many are relying on a firm plan to guide their next steps.

For Kayanne Klipka, however, there is an excitement in not knowing exactly where the future will take her. Instead, she’ll let her own curiosity guide the way.

“My plans after graduation are to hold plans loosely,” says Klipka, who is earning her master’s in library information science (LIS) from the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education. “I’ve got an insatiable sense of curiosity and a pretty adaptable attitude. Hopefully with [my degree], my laptop and connections made at DU, I’ll be off on some pretty interesting adventures.”

The only adventure Klipka has planned at this point is a summer trip to Medellin, Colombia, where she plans to learn Ruby (a computer programming language), salsa and Spanish. After that, your guess is as good as hers — and that’s the way she likes it.

Spending time to experience another culture is well-deserved for someone who has spent the last two years working hard to earn her master’s while at the same time proving her theory that “all librarians are actually mad scientists,” a humorous statement she takes somewhat seriously.

Klipka has learned a lot as a graduate student, and having basically lived out of Ruffatto Hall during that time, she jokingly admits that she now knows which microwave heats soup most effectively and what corners are best for squeezing in a quick power nap between work and class.

“But seriously, my tenure at DU has been unique,” says Klipka, who worked as a graduate research assistant at the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy. “While most of my library school colleagues are graduating with a couple years of traditional library experience —which no doubt will serve them incredibly well in their careers — I’ve been practicing research data management on a true academic research team. I really think it has expanded my thinking about research and where else my library school skills can be applied.”

At Marsico, Klipka worked on a project referred to as LT Studies, or “learning trajectories.” Over the course of two years, she and other DU students spent time in preschool classrooms conducting math instruction with small groups of children using two different methods: traditional and learning trajectories — a more conscientious and tailored approach based on a child’s development, Klipka says.

In addition to her studies, the people Klipka has met, worked with and learned from have made her DU experience a memorable one.
“There have been so many people helping me through these last two years. I have felt wholeheartedly supported by my advisor Mary Stansbury, Professor Krystyna Matusiak and Kate Crowe, curator of special collections and archives,” Klipka says. “These women have helped me find my research interests, encouraged me to build collections around student activism and racial and ethnic minority students, and write and present research at conferences.”

Klipka also praised Stansbury for her receptiveness to the feedback she provided about the LIS program.

“I urged the LIS faculty to center more curriculum around serving diverse populations and recognizing our own biases. In response, Dr. Stansbury fought for funding to integrate the Intercultural Development Inventory into part of LIS student requirements,” Klipka says, adding that the integration enables students to recognize their own perspectives while becoming more interculturally competent.

With just a few days remaining until commencement, Klipka is preparing for her summer and is looking forward to seeing where her curiosity takes her. For those preparing to enter graduate school, Klipka encourages them to explore all the possibilities.

“Grad school is exactly what you make of it,” she says. “If you know what you want to do when you’re coming into a grad program, work like crazy at it but always leave yourself open to new opportunities.”

Kim Hunter Reed, Ph.D, executive director of the Colorado Department of Higher Education, has joined the University of Denver’s Higher Education Department (HED) as an affiliate faculty member.

Dr. Reed has a substantial background in higher education and served as deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Education during President Obama’s administration. There, she led the department’s work on diversity and inclusion and directed the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Her work with the initiative focused on building the capacity for the nation’s 105 HBCUs through promotion of best practices that increased student success, improved competitiveness in federal grants and contracts, and expanded corporate partnerships to advance faculty and student engagement.

Prior to her work with the U.S. Department of Education, Dr. Reed held numerous higher education positions in Louisiana, including chief of staff for the Louisiana Board of Regents and executive vice president of the University of Louisiana system.

“Dr. Reed’s experience in state and national policy related to diversity, inclusion, and student success is a perfect fit with our programs,” stated Ryan Evely Gildersleeve, Ph.D., Department Chair for the Higher Education Department. Dr. Reed will bring her talent, leadership, and national stature to the Morgridge College of Education this spring where she will teach a course on Public Policy in Higher Education. She will also co-coordinate a national policy symposium, hosted by HED, tentatively scheduled for spring 2018.

“Developing our future higher education policy leaders provides both a special opportunity and tremendous responsibility,” said Reed. “I look forward to joining this collaborative community, engaging with students and the outstanding faculty.”

Last month Jonah Li., one of our talented Counseling Psychology grad students, presented “Building Rapport Across Cultures.”
at the 2017  DU Research and Performance Summit (DURAPS). In his presentation Jonah discussed a perception-changing counseling experience that he had with a challenging client.

Researcher: Jonah is a master’s student in Morgridge College of Education’s Counseling Psychology program.

Current Research: My research interest is in using positive psychological interventions and spirituality to build resilience and promote well-being among diverse clients and ethnic minorities, including international students and Asian students, in the lens of multicultural counseling.

My current research mainly falls into two areas: positive psychology and multicultural counseling. For positive psychology, I aim at building resilience and promoting well-being for clients in face of difficulties. One representative research, which is my master’s thesis, is exploring the moderating roles of subjective happiness and meaning in life on the relationship between perceived stress and well-being and distress. For multicultural counseling, I aim to discover strengths, positive experiences, quality of life  promotion, and quality relationship promotion among diverse clients, including LGBT clients, college students, international students, patients with Parkinson’s disease, couples etc.

Collaborators: To achieve the above research directives I work with Dr. Chao, Dr. McRae, and Dr. Owen and their research teams. While working with them I have had the opportunity to learn more about the life stories of minority groups.

DURAPS Presentation: My presentation covers a counseling experience that I had while working as a clinic counselor during the 2016 fall quarter. I was a year and a half into my master’s program when I met a middle-aged Caucasian male client who was dealing with problematic gambling behaviors and romantic relationship concerns. During our first two sessions I faced challenges in building rapport with my client in terms of my age and counseling competence. I am an international student originally from Hong Kong and also dealt with some challenges relating to my racial identity. During our sessions I heard responses like

“That movie I watched was really inspiring…oh sorry! I forgot to tell you that you were not even born that time!”
“I have seen different therapists, including useful therapists and useless therapists…”

To face these challenges I used unconditional positive regard and showed a caring attitude toward my client. Concurrently, I calmed myself and tried to work with my client by exploring his gambling issues and investigating the pros and cons of his behavior. From there, my client gradually built more trust in me, feeling that my work had a positive impact on his process. He even started asking for my opinion about his problems. In later sessions, I initiated cultural dialogues and showed my humility, asking questions like

“how would my cultural identity play a role in our relationship?”
“you may know more about that than me. Tell me about your experience about that.”

These questions helped further address our cultural differences and helped me build rapport with my client. Finally, my client provided positive comments about my work and requested that I be his counselor for the next quarter. The whole clinic team witnessed the difference of our rapport and the client’s perception towards me, which was a really encouraging experience in my counseling practice.

Research Advice:

Think critically. This is the most important part of doing the research, in terms of research questions, designs, methods, analyses, and writing the results. You may not want to ask the repeated questions that were addressed by other researchers or not significant in the literature or practical in society, but they are incredibly important. Thinking critically helps form a good research question and generates a quality research study.

Want to present your research at DURAPS? GSG welcomes complete or work-in-progress submissions. Be sure to submit your abstract by 2/27!

FEBRUARY 8, 2017

Amidst all of the turmoil related to the President’s pick for Secretary of Education there are still many who are unclear as to what the role of the Secretary of Education is. To help provide clarity Denver’s 9 News asked Karen Riley, Ph.D. and Dean of the Morgridge College of Education, to explain a little about the Secretary’s position.

“Was it race that drove the results of the 2016 presidential election?” In his recent article for the American Psychological Association (APA) Patton O. Garriott, Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology, addressed this important question. Dr. Garriott, an active member of both the APA and the Society for Vocational Psychology, weighed in on some of the psychology behind the election results specifically focusing on the way individual class and race effected voting trends.

Dr. Garriott ends the article by calling his peers to focus more on intersectional social class research. He states that, “extending intersectionality-focused scholarship devoted to social class will be critical to expanding our understanding of the complexities of individuals and systems to benefit future psychological science and practice.”

To read the full article visit the APA website.

The Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver has been selected to participate in The Wallace Foundation’s $47-million initiative to develop models over the next four years for improving university principal preparation programs and to examine state policy to see if it could be strengthened to encourage higher-quality training statewide.

The University Principal Preparation Initiative builds on 15 years of Wallace-supported research and experience about what makes for effective principals and their “pre-service” training at universities. The initiative seeks to explore how university programs can improve their training so it reflects the evidence on how best to prepare effective principals, and then to share these insights to benefit the broader field.

After a selection process that included site visits and assistance from experts in state policy and education, the foundation selected seven universities to redesign their principal preparation programs:  Albany State University (Georgia), Florida Atlantic University, North Carolina State University, San Diego State University, the University of Connecticut, Virginia State University and Western Kentucky University. In addition to working with local schools districts and their states, each university selected a partner program that was known for high-quality training to serve as mentor and support the redesign process.

Florida Atlantic University and North Carolina State University selected the University of Denver’s Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Department in the Morgridge College of Education to serve as their exemplary program partner.

­­The Wallace Foundation hopes the initiative can contribute over the long term to the development of a new national approach to preparing effective principals, one focusing on evidence-based policies and practices in three areas:

  • Developing and implementing high-quality courses of study with practical, on-the-job experiences.
  • Putting in place strong university-district partnerships.
  • Developing state policies about program accreditation, principal licensure or certification, and other matters (funded internships, for example) to promote more effective training statewide.

“We know from research that school principals require excellent training with high-quality, practical  experiences to become effective leaders—but most are simply not getting this,” said Will Miller, president of The Wallace Foundation. “Because many school districts don’t have the capacity to train as many principals as they need or to train future principals at all, the best way to reach more aspiring school leaders is through the university programs that typically provide needed certification. We are confident that the selected universities want to raise the bar for their programs, work in partnership with their local school districts and serve as models for other universities.”

The seven states in which the universities are located will receive funding to review their policies pertaining to university-based principal training and determine if changes—such as program accreditation and principal licensure or certification requirements—would encourage the development of more effective preparation programs statewide.

“The more we talk with education leaders no matter at what level of the education system, from state to university to district, the more we hear it is the right time to conduct a university-focused initiative like this,” said Jody Spiro, director of education leadership at Wallace. “We are seeking to learn how these seven universities accomplish their program redesign as an important first step in improving how principals are prepared for the demanding job of leading school improvement across the country.”

RAND Corporation will conduct an independent evaluation of the initiative over four years, with a final report in year five. The study will assess how the participating universities go about trying to implement high-quality courses of study and to form strong partnerships with local, high-needs school districts. A series of public reports will share lessons and insights and describe whatever credible models emerge so that other universities, districts and states can adopt or adapt the initiative work.


The Wallace Foundation seeks to improve education and enrichment for disadvantaged children and foster the vitality of arts for everyone. The foundation has an unusual approach: funding efforts to test innovative ideas for solving important public problems, conducting research to find out what works and what doesn’t and to fill key knowledge gaps – and then communicating the results to help others. Wallace, which works nationally, has five major initiatives under way:

  • School leadership: Strengthening education leadership to improve student achievement.
  • Afterschool: Helping selected cities make good afterschool programs available to many more children.
  • Building audiences for the arts: Enabling arts organizations to bring the arts to a broader and more diverse group of people.
  • Arts education: Expanding arts learning opportunities for children and teens.
  • Summer and expanded learning: Better understanding the impact of high-quality summer learning programs on disadvantaged children, and enriching and expanding the school day in ways that benefit students.

Find out more at

The Faculty and Staff of the Morgridge College of Education would like to congratulate the summer graduates of our 2015-16 class. We join your families, friends, peers, and co-workers in expressing how proud we are of you all. It is our pleasure to watch as you go forth into the next chapter of your lives where you will undoubtedly make a positive and lasting impact.

The Honorees of MCE’s 2016 Summer Graduation

Morgan Mickle
Jessie Wright
Anna Hanson
Eliya Hanna
Cynthia Smith
Patrick Thompson
Christina Cook
Saleh Aljalahmah
Gloria Treesh
Julie Lay
June Ashley
Galana Chookolingo
Sarah Cleary

Briana Hedman
Elizabeth Johnson
Brinda Prabhakar-Gippert
Sarie Ates-Patterson
Tricia Johnson
Katrina Mann-Boykin
Michelle Steinberger
Kristin Deal
Priyalatha Govindasamy
Turker Toker
Maria Vukovich
Kimberly Mahovsky
Carrie A. Olson

Fostering STEM Trajectories, an event funded by the National Science Foundation and hosted at New America, was a two-day affair featuring informative talks from celebrated experts and leaders in early STEM learning. The focus of the event was on teacher development, the continuous improvement path in early childhood education, and learning progression and trajectory.

Douglas H. Clements, Ph.D. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning, Executive Director for the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy, and Professor of Curriculum Studies and Teaching at the Morgridge College of Education, participated in the panel “Fostering STEM Trajectories: Bridging ECE Research, Practice, & Policy Part 2” alongside experts Mike Marshal Smith and Vivien Stewart. Dr. Clements presented his shared research with Julie Sarama, Ph.D. Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies and Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the Morgridge College of Education. Their research focuses heavily on learning trajectories in early childhood mathematics instruction, a key component of early STEM learning.

Participants were called upon to generate ideas to assist New America and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center in crafting a plan of action and offering recommendations to researchers and policymakers. The proposed plans are hoped to be released fall 2016.

The Faculty and Staff of the Morgridge College of Education would like to congratulate the graduating class of 15-16. We join your families, friends, peers, and co-workers in expressing how proud we are of you all. It is our pleasure to watch as you go forth into the next chapter of your lives where you will undoubtedly make a positive and lasting impact.

Doctorate Hooding 2016

The Faculty and Staff of the Morgridge College of Education would like to congratulate the graduating class of 15-16. We join your families, friends, peers, and co-workers in expressing how proud we are of you all. It is our pleasure to watch as you go forth into the next chapter of your lives where you will undoubtedly make a positive and lasting impact.

MCE’s 15-16 Graduates

  • Jaclyn Abeloe
  • Jessica Abel-Pype
  • Mindy Adair
  • Sarah Alhaj
  • Lydia Amewu-Sirleaf
  • Alexis Anderson
  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • Mary Anderson
  • Samuel Anderson-Lehman
  • Matthew Angleman
  • Elibeth Arce
  • Erick Arellano-Ruiz
  • Stephen Arichea
  • Chelsea Armstrong
  • Rima Aroutiounian
  • George Ash
  • Sarie Ates-Patterson
  • Michael Atkins
  • Melissa Bachmann
  • Kaleen Barnett
  • Leah Bearman
  • Chloe Beck
  • Alyson Beery
  • Jacilyn Berryman
  • Grace Bird
  • Grace Bird
  • Brittney Bixby
  • Callie Blackmer
  • Kathryn Bodnar
  • Travis Boehler
  • Rebecca Bolger
  • Meredith Borden
  • Andrea Brandt
  • June Branon
  • Angelica Bravo-Velez
  • Jaclyn Bretl
  • Michael Brinn
  • Genell Britton
  • Kiersten Brown
  • Suzanne Brown
  • Laura Browning
  • Jesse Bruce
  • Scott Burke
  • Rhianna Burroughs
  • Christopher Cain
  • Jose Cardona Iii
  • Jodi Carlson
  • Kendra Carpenter
  • Jessica  Carswell
  • Donna Cash
  • Benita Cervantes
  • Karla Chappel
  • Anne Cherniss
  • Christopher Clair
  • Ellen Clark
  • Megan Claydon
  • Sara Cleary
  • Beverly Cloud
  • Linsey Cobb
  • Jeremy Coleman
  • Margarita Colindres
  • Kathryn Coon
  • Philip Courey
  • Keely Cox
  • Alison Cox
  • Joel Cruz
  • Christine Culver
  • Jill Curnow
  • Adrienne Davis
  • Kristin Deal
  • Megan Dekutoski
  • Kimberly DePinto
  • Kimberly DeRosa
  • Bryan Deshasier
  • Juan Diaz
  • Liliana Diaz
  • Sonja Dolnick
  • Emily Dommermuth
  • Anthony Drewry
  • Madison Dryden
  • Stephanie Dueber
  • Aubri Dunkin
  • Ivan Duran
  • Henry Edelstein
  • Jeffrey  Einerson
  • Khaled El Mezughi
  • Robbie Elliott
  • Jeffrey  Elliott
  • Roxanne Ellsworth
  • Heather Engblom
  • Alicia Fajohn
  • Lauren Fedor
  • Courtney Ferreira
  • Morgan Fitzgerald
  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald
  • Kathryn Florance
  • Mitchell Foss
  • Autumn Foster
  • Ashley Frank
  • Ralph Gadbois III
  • Mario Galvan
  • Kyle Gamba
  • Danielle Gapinski
  • Georgina Garcia
  • Theresa Gilbreath
  • Krystal  Giles
  • Thomas Glenn
  • Raechel Gliesmann
  • Callie Gonyea
  • Donna Goodwin
  • Maggie Gordon
  • Ryan Gournic
  • Leanne Greenquist
  • Brittany Greiert
  • Candice Grimm
  • Lindsey Groettum
  • Michael Guillory
  • Rosalind Gullatt
  • Hayley Gunter
  • Jiajing Guo
  • Anne Haas
  • Audrey Haas
  • Candice Hamilton
  • Taylor Hammrich
  • Shannon Hanschen
  • Anna Hanson
  • William Harris
  • Erin Harris
  • Rachel Harrison
  • Kristin Hatcher
  • Abbie Hause
  • Thomas Heald
  • Chelsea Heinbach
  • Erin Hellstrom
  • Lauren Henderson
  • Alisha Hendrix
  • Aisha Henry
  • Jonathan Herring
  • Phoebe Hevers
  • Casey Hibbard
  • Melissa Higgins
  • Gabrielle Highdale
  • James Hill
  • Melissa Hofmann
  • Jennifer Holdeman
  • Amanda Holyfield
  • Katie Hoskins
  • Biaze Houston
  • Madison Howard
  • Bryan Hubain
  • Rebecca Hubbard
  • Jayne Illovsky
  • Kara Ingram
  • Lisa Jackson
  • Anna Jameson
  • Buffy Jamison
  • Nina Jarnot
  • Bryce Jennings
  • Taylor Johnson
  • Brie Johnson
  • Morgan Johnson Mickle
  • Brittany Johnstone
  • Lacy Jolly
  • Sarah Kane
  • Savannah Kay
  • Rebekah Kester
  • Michael Kitch
  • Lauren Kohl
  • Colleen Kopay
  • Pilar Lafaye
  • Carissa  Land
  • Eric Lane
  • Launa Laporta
  • Kelly Lavin
  • Kendra Layton
  • Chloe Leal
  • Rebecca Lester
  • Marvin Lewis
  • Sarah Lewis
  • Julia Linkous
  • Christopher Loncke
  • Amanda Lopez
  • Zadik Lopez
  • Caitlin Lowe
  • Sheree Lynn
  • Lauren Lyon
  • Kyle Mack
  • Richard Maez
  • Laura Magill
  • Joan Mann-Boykin
  • Robert Manthy
  • Jeffrey  Mariano
  • Ryan Marks
  • Caitlin Martines
  • Kara Mastalski
  • Ruth McClure
  • Sarah McDonnell
  • Anna McDonough
  • Noel McKillip
  • Allie McRitchie
  • Jill McVey
  • Emily Mehregan
  • Stephanie Metz
  • Carrie Meyer
  • Alisha Mills
  • Kimberly Moore
  • Kaitlin Morris
  • Claire Mosier
  • Jane Nelson
  • Joseph Nelson
  • Jill Netz-Fulkerson
  • Katherine Nittmann
  • Joie Norby
  • Richard North
  • Nebeyou Nunamo
  • Jessica  Ogden
  • Sarah Olsen
  • Deborah Olwell
  • Wendy Orr
  • Rebecca Otis-sanders
  • Sarah Owen
  • Cassi Parkinson
  • Evangeline Pasterkamp
  • Margaret Payne
  • Megan Peddycord
  • Christopher Pena
  • Leighanne Penna
  • Alexandra Persley
  • Sarah Pingel
  • Erica Plasencia
  • Maximilian Popiel
  • Natalia  Potrzuski Lynch
  • Tanya Prax
  • Stephanie Puello
  • Ellen Quinn
  • Susan Quinn-Fortner
  • Jaime Raith
  • Michelle Ramirez
  • Ana Ramirez
  • Elizabeth Rardin
  • Julia Ratchford
  • Eron Reed
  • Emily Reese
  • Ily Reiling
  • Melanie Reiser
  • Davon Renfrow
  • Parker Rhomberg
  • Anne Rice
  • Joe Richard
  • Hannah Robbertz
  • Sara Robinson
  • Keely Rochford
  • Alexandra Rodgers
  • Marlene Romero
  • Laura Rupert
  • Lindsey Rushing
  • Ian Saari
  • Cristina Sandoval
  • Anjela Sargent
  • Jeff Sauro
  • Jessica Savage
  • Kristina Scala
  • Eleanor Schalow
  • Jacob Schaner
  • Megan Schirf
  • Melanie Schultz
  • Sherry Segura
  • Devin Shanahan
  • Perry Shank
  • Roland Shaw
  • Amy Shortt
  • Ron Sidwell
  • Mark Sikora
  • Tracy Simmons
  • Crystal  Skenandore
  • Tiffany  Smesrud
  • Amanda Smith
  • Cynthia Smith
  • Emerald Smith
  • Jessica  Smith
  • Keelie Sorel
  • Nicholas Spanel
  • Kelsey Speaks
  • Sydney Spiller
  • Matthew Spurlin
  • Paige Stafford
  • Zachary Steedman
  • Michael Stinnett
  • Caitlin Sullivan
  • Katherine Surline
  • Robyn Sutherland
  • John Syron
  • Brittney Talamonti
  • Jay Tallmadge
  • Jamie Taylor
  • Justin Teneyck
  • Rachel Teune
  • Randi Thackeray
  • Jaysonm Thomas
  • Patrick Thompson
  • Rebekah Thurston
  • Hazuki Tochihara
  • Elizabeth Tomaro
  • Makenzie Tompkins
  • Ashley Toomey
  • Maritza Torres-Mcguire
  • Julieann Trujillo
  • Allison   Tyler
  • Allen Van Hoye
  • Kathryn Van Norman
  • Kreesta Vesga
  • Courtney Vidacovich
  • Karen Viloria
  • Ana Vizoso
  • Kathleen Wagner
  • Natalie  Walker
  • Ashley Walsh
  • Leonard Ward
  • Drew Weisel
  • Carley Westerson
  • Matthew Weyer
  • Emily Wheeler
  • Holly Wilcher
  • James Williams
  • Kelly Wilson
  • Mark Wilson
  • Talia Wolken
  • John Worden
  • Jessica  Wright
  • Nanxi Xu
  • Liu Yang
  • Sara Zaleski
  • Joseph Zeman
  • Ying Shan Zhang
  • Tiegan Ziegler
  • Charles Zinn
  • Charles Zinn
  • Jordan Zogler-Brown

“It is surprising how deep and broad children’s thinking can be about mathematics” said Douglas Clements, Ph.D, to a packed White House Press room this morning, April 21, 2016. Dr. Clements, who is a faculty member at the Morgridge College of Education (MCE), the Kennedy Endowed chair in Early Childhood Learning, and the Co-Director of the Marsico Institute for Early Learning and Literacy alongside his Colleague Julie Sarama, Ph.D, is a nationally renowned expert in early childhood math education. He was invited to the White House to participate in the panel discussion “What does the research say about Early STEM” a part of the Early Learning STEM Symposium which was hosted by the White House, U.S. department of Education, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Invest in US.

The Early Learning STEM Symposium highlights the important role science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) have in preparing our nation’s youngest children for the future. The Marsico and Kennedy Institutes at the Morgridge College of Education are making a significant impact in the field of early childhood math. “We know so much already about how children learn math. Our work on learning trajectories needs to continue and be more widely disseminated,” Dr. Clements told the crowded audience of early childhood STEM experts.

For the full video visit the White House Briefing Room.

Aesthetic learning and arts curricula are a key component in the development of young minds. The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) and its faculty, students, and alumni are making an impact across the nation in the world of arts education.

Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D

Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D

P. Bruce Uhrmacher, Ph.D and MCE faculty member, leads teachers in incorporating the arts in their daily lives and work. Dr. Uhrmacher is a proponent for aesthetic learning experiences and advocates that all educators can enhance their teaching by bringing creativity in to the classroom. Dr. Uhrmacher has been working with Think 360 Arts since 1993 to promote the creative arts in Colorado.

MCE and Think 360 Arts recently co-sponsored a training program where teachers engaged in art-making projects designed to teach them creative problem solving and inspire them to use similar practices in the classroom. In a Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting (RMPBS) feature documenting the event, Program Director Caitlin Lindquist states that the organization brings in “artists that are really adept at working with a wide variety of student populations and skilled in developing curriculum.” The artists inspire teachers to bring art to life in their teaching and classrooms.

MCE Alumni Make an Impact in Art Education

MCE alumni are also making an impact in education as they utilize skills learned at MCE to implement the arts and aesthetics in their own work.

Curriculum and Instruction (CI) alumna Michelle Mandico is a practicing artist who incorporates her love of art into her teaching. Her art includes influences from her work in early childhood education, higher education, and residential education.

David Kennedy is a CI alumnus who taught middle and high school prior to enrolling at MCE. He recently developed a series of videos as a student addressing the use of arts—in particular, music—as a way for minority students to engage with curricula

MCE Faculty, students, and alumni create and participate in projects that support creativity in effective learning. Our programs aim to empower graduates to make a lasting impact in their communities.

RMPBS Feature on Think 360 Art

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