Morgridge faculty and students, along with our partners in the community, regularly present original, boundary-pushing research. We strive to continuously and meaningfully contribute to local, national and global conversations related to education, societal change and more. Below, you'll find a sampling of presentations led by Morgridge researchers. To see more of Morgridge’s contributions, explore our recent publications.

  • University Council for Educational Administration - UCEA 2023 Convention

    MCE, and especially our Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (ELPS) Department, is excited to participate in the upcoming UCEA Annual Convention. Here is a sampling of MCE presenters/participants:


    Education Access for Adult Women: Challenges That Black Nontraditional Women Face as They Enter Postsecondary Education.  

    DU Presenters: Rachel Anna Kamnkhwani, Naomi Mpata 


    Breaking the Myth of “Learning Loss”: A Community-Engaged Photovoice Research. 

    Presenter: Naichen Zhao


    School Leader Implementation of Adult SEL in Marginalized School Settings: A Single Case Study.  

    Presenter: Alana Raybon, University of Denver 


    Graduate Student Council Programming: Navigating the Academy as an International Student 

    DU Presenter: Rachel Kamnkhwani 


    Experiences of International Graduate Students in America During and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic 

    DU Presenters: Rachel Anna Kamnkhwani, Emily Shaba 


    Sister Circles: Black Women Scholars Focusing on Holistic Wellness Through Dynamic Networking and Community Engagement 

    DU Presenter: Lolita Tabron 


    Beyond the Equity Pause: Supporting Districts’ Efforts to Leverage Continuous Improvement to Center Social Justice 

    Presenter: Erin Anderson 


    What is the Role of P12 Administrators in Addressing the Rise in Antitrans Legislation? 

    Presenter: Klaudia Fay Neufeld 


    Attitudes and Practices of Rural Educators That Dismantle Systemic Inequity 

    Presenter: Kristina Astrid Hesbol 


    Bridging the Gap Between Muslim Students’ Needs and American Schools 

    Presenter: Sahar Khawaja 


    Understanding How Teachers and Leaders Foster Black Students’ Sustained Academic Identities 

    DU Presenters: Erin Anderson, Devani Lemmon 


    Liberation and Inclusion Through the Voices of Trans Youth: A Phenomenological Approach 

    Presenter: Klaudia Fay Neufeld 


    Schools as Thriving Workplaces: Leading Co-Inquiry for Improvement  

    DU Presenters: Erin Anderson, James Ringe 

  • Association for the Study of Higher Education - ASHE 2023 Conference

    MCE, and especially our Higher Education Department (HED), is excited to participate in the upcoming ASHE Conference. Here is a sampling of MCE presenters/participants:


    Implicating Federal Policy in the Dehumanization of Victim-Survivors of Interpersonal Violence on College Campuses 

    DU Presenters: Sarah S. Hurtado, Casey McCoy-Simmons 


    Developments Beyond the Asterisk: New scholarship and frameworks for understanding Native students in higher education 

    DU Presenters: Charlie Amáyá Scott, Chris Nelson 


    The State of Higher Education Scholarship 

    DU Presenter: Charlie Amáyá Scott 


    Studying and Addressing Race, Racism, Anti-Blackness, and Settler Colonialism in LGBTQ+ Higher Education Studies 

    DU Presenter: Charlie Amáyá Scott 


    Examining the Relational Space of Native Faculty Members in Higher Education 

    Presenter: Stevie Lee 


    Student Experiences at the Borders and Intersections 

    Discussant: Marc Guerrero  


    What Lies Beneath: Unearthing the Sourches, Meanings, and Effects of Policy Making 

    Chair: Casey McCoy-Simmons 


    Politics and Practices in Higher Education 

    Discussant: Cecilia M Orphan  

  • MCE Community Member 2023 AERA Presentations (sample)

    "I'm Trying to Rebuild a Relationship With Him, Even Though ...": Teacher Emotion Labor in Dealing With Classroom Trauma

    DU presenters: Christine Elizabeth Hood, Dr. Brette Garner


    Culturally Responsive Instructional Coach Evaluation: Exploring Possibilities and Potholes

    Presenters: Dr. Maria del Carmen Salazar, Anna Hardy, Kimberly Korpita, Sara Dishell


    The Development and Validation of the Measure of Original Thinking in Elementary Students: A Computerized Test of Original Thinking

    DU presenters: Dr. Peter Organisciak, Katalin Grajzel


    The Status of Teacher and Staff Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    DU presenters: Dr. Benjamin C. Ingman, Sandra Bertram Grant Solis, Dr. Elaine Belansky


    Understanding the Lived Experiences of Pakistani Muslim Students in U.S. Schools

    Presenters: Sahar Khawaja, Dr. Jayson W. Richardson


    Betwixt the Ivory Tower and the School Blacktop: Mama-Scholars of Color Navigating White Educational Systems

    DU presenter: Dr. Chris A. Nelson


    Curricular Wars: A Critical Policy Analysis of K–12 "Critical Race Theory" Bills in State Legislatures

    DU presenters: Dr. Lolita A. Tabron, Stephen Fusco


    Cultural Sharing Conversations to Enhance Collaborative Partnerships With Culturally Diverse Families

    Presenter: Dr. Gloria E. Miller


  • RMECC 2016

    The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) had a substantial presence at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Early Childhood Conference, which was held in Denver and attracted over 2,500 participants. Faculty from the Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program, Kennedy Institute, and Marsico Institute were all in attendance along with Students from several MCE programs. MCE faculty and students presenting included:

    • Julie Sarama, Ph.D – MCE Faculty and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Innovative Learning Technologies
    • Douglas H. Clements, Ph.D – MCE Faculty and Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning
    • Jeanine Coleman, Ph.D – ECSE Clinical Assistant Professor
    • Pilyoung Kim, Ph.D – Assistant Professor at DU’s School of Art, Humanities and Social Science
    • Rachel Schiff-Gray – ECSE Alumni
    • Heather Blizzard – RMS Graduate Student
    • Laura Dietert – CI Graduate Student
    • Ksenia Polson – RMS Graduate Student
    • Jessica Carswell – ECSE MA Student
    • Tara Brand – ECSE MA Student
    • Katie Belleau – ECSE MA Student
    • Brita Strub – ECSE Cert Student
    • Hazuki Tochihara – ECSE Alumni

    Drs. Clements and Sarama were the keynote speakers for the conference alongside Dr. Bob Sornson, Founder of the Early Learning Foundation. They started the Saturday morning conference with their presentation on early math education, setting the stage for the rest of the event.

    “A few of the teachers in the audience commented that they could not wait to share what they had learned,” said Heather Blizzard, a Ph.D student in the Research Methods and Statistics (RMS) program. Blizzard presented on the effects of teaching geometry to young children alongside her peers Laura Dietert and Ksenia Polson.