Teacher Education/Special Education Latest News
A couple of reminders from Meredith Lopez, UCTE Academic Advisor
I hope that everyone has had a successful and smooth closure to the end of their Spring 2011 semester. For those of you continuing on or just starting your summer term, we wish you all the best of luck and hope that you can also include some summer fun. Please make sure to contact me this summer if you have any advising or campus questions. Please note that I am here throughout the summer for appointments, just feel free to call or email me.
Summer hours for Student Services Center
Our summer hours for the SSC will be 8-5pm. We will be closed on July 4, 2011 for Independence Day holiday.
As we are working to see if a new function regarding registration with UCDAccess, there is a delay in getting courses cohort information to students for fall 2011 semester. We will send an email in early June to all cohorts regarding course scheduling.
Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we all transition together into new and improved technology and academic programming that constantly reflects students’ needs and the best practices for teaching to make you all successful teacher candidates!
Registration for Internships
Rachel Fraser is working on placement assignments for Fall 2011. Assignments and welcome letters were sent out this May. Call numbers will be provided at the end of June. Please register for all academic classes except your internship until you receive this as a separate email. Since some schedules will go over the allotted number of credits per term (18), please utilize the Schedule Adjustment Form, listing the internship(s) rather than academic classes that will put you over 18 credits, and return to our office, room 701, Lawrence Street Center Bldg.
Planning around Professional Development Schools’ Calendar
For those continuing or beginning internships for fall, you should have already received or will be receiving a welcome letter from your school. Your welcome letter from the PDS will include important dates and links to their calendar in order to plan for when to start internships. Please note that some schools can start as early as late July, so plan accordingly. Academic classes on campus for fall will begin as early as August 22 and as late as the 29th, 2011.
Applying for Teaching License/Endorsements
Please note that the application fee has now been raised to $80. Dual students finishing this spring and who have not already applied for the initial license can use this application to apply for both licenses. This designation will be listed on verification page.
Initial licensure-application is online only. Special education added endorsement application is a download (choose the option of “an approved program” for the correct application).
Once grades are posted, either scan/email, fax (303-315-6311), or drop off the verification forms to me to sign with directions on how you would like it forwarded back to you. Grades seem to posting early this semester, so check UCDAccess and get the form in to me as soon as you can.
Three easy options to return the form to you:
- Scan/email and then you upload it to CDE
- Pick up in person or have it mailed to you –you then deliver or mail it to CDE
- Have me mail it directly to CDE for you
Remember, if you need a letter of support for teaching positions as you wait for licensure from CDE, please email me.
All undergraduate licensure completers will contact Stephanie Hamington, CLAS advisor, for assistance.
Congrats to all those finishing their licensure and/or endorsement!
Master Options for Graduate/Undergraduate Licensure Completers
All graduate teacher education licensure completers who are going on to complete a masters option are required to complete an MA Option Selection Sheet indicating the MA Option that will be pursued and the term starting the MA Option. Please turn this form into the SSC office. For a complete list of UCTE MA Option course requirements, click here. We encourage you to contact the faculty advisor listed on the options sheet for more information and sequencing of courses.
If you are an Undergrad Licensure Completer and would like to apply for one of our educational masters options-please contact Lindsay Austin, SEHD admissions counselor (303-315-6300) for an abbreviated application process and the opportunity to waive the $50 application fee!
TC Student Spotlight
Back in March when I asked Jo Bunton Keel, the director of the Montbello High School production of Rent, how I could help she said, “Why don’t you try out?” The next week I was shocked find my name listed under Mimi Marquez, one of the leading characters. Busy with my university classes, my internship and my other commitments, I was hesitant to add one more thing to my schedule, but in the end, I could not let this opportunity pass me by.
I had never heard of a high school theater production that integrated faculty, students and alumni; but at Montbello, this is a regular form of collaboration. By acting with students, I was able to connect with them as peers rather than as a teacher. I learned more about their interests, their talents and their personalities, and they learned more about me.
In my experience, performances have a way of bringing people together, despite generation, social group or status. Working on this production, I built relationships with Montbello teachers that I had never talked to, with students from different classrooms and with important members of the Montbello community that I would not have known before. In addition, I began to feel more connected to the school as I started to learn more about its history. The alumni that performed in the show with me shared stories about the productions from the past.
As the cast celebrated the final performance with cake and sparkling cider, I could not help but feel a sense of relief for surviving the five-hour rehearsals, the late nights and the long commutes around the Denver metro area. But at the same time, I was left with a feeling of gratitude for this unique opportunity to grow and create together with students and staff of the Montbello Community.
~Tiffany Choi, TC, Montbello High School
Goldrick Career Night: An Inspiring Legacy Project!
TCs Jennifer Malcom, Sonja Nelson, Mayra Gonzalez, Briseida Gomez, Kris Decola, Rachel Moen and Michelle Assadki created an outstanding Career Night event for Goldrick Elementary School students, entitled “Follow the Path to Your Dreams!” Students circulated at their own rate from one table to the next, asking questions and conversing with individuals who represented ten different careers, including engineering, medicine, local business, state government and our own UCD! (Thank you, Antwan Jefferson!) After getting their “passports” stamped at each table, the students exchanged them for a book of their own choosing, paid for with funds from the Legacy Project mini-grant.
The TCs enlisted the volunteer presenters from among their family members and acquaintances; they also approached businesses and services in the Goldrick neighborhood to round out the exposure of our students to a variety of careers and individuals with whom they could identify. The presenters were kept busy all evening with a steady flow of interested students. Scheduling the event alongside Goldrick’s first-ever outdoor Carnival proved to be a wise decision and undoubtedly increased the number of students and families who participated. Hats off to a hard-working group of TCs who carried out an informative and hopefully inspiring event for our students! Special kudos to Jennifer Malcom whose energy and coordinating efforts insured that it all came together so well!
~Linda Bruce, Site Professor, Goldrick Elementary School, Denver Public Schools
Congratulations to Amanda Sandoval!
Amanda Sandoval, a Teacher Candidate at Edison, was selected outstanding undergraduate in the UCTE program. Congratulations Amanda!
~Stevie Townsend, Site Professor, Edison Elementary School, Denver Public Schools
Check It Out!
New Urban Community Teacher Education clothing available for purchase:
Teacher candidates, faculty and staff associated with the Urban Community Teacher Education program now have the option of purchasing clothing to show off your pride for the program! Teacher candidate Kate Underhill, along with other classmates, selected the brands and slogans on the polos, t-shirts, long-sleeved t-shirts and hoodies. They’re perfect for use in your Professional Development School, or when you’re out and about in the community. Prices range from $9.15 – $35. Items will be shipped directly to the School, and dispersed from here.
To order, please follow these steps:
- Please go to www.mtnstatesspecialties.com
- Click on the “Gift Store” link on the top toolbar
- Click on the CU Denver UCTE Program link on the left side of the tool bar
- Add items of interest to your cart and select Shipping method ” CU Denver Deliver at $0.00″
- Although it requires a shipping address to checkout – the shirts will be shipped directly to the School of Education and distributed to you.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Julia Cummings at Julia.Cummings@ucdenver.edu.
Many thanks to the UCTE students who participated in designing the apparel!
CRUE Center Book Studies
Click here for flier.
Please see CO-WY Job Fairs coming! Click here to get the list!
Sheridan School District Seeking Teachers
I am a recent graduate of the UCTE/IPTE and LDE programs at UCD. I currently work in Sheridan School District, a little known, small (2.5 square miles) district within the Denver metro area (just off Hampden and Federal). I feel that my time at UCD prepared me to come in at the top of my field, and we are currently looking for exceptional candidates to fill a few teaching positions within the district (see attachment). I firmly believe that UCD graduates are among the best. Would you forward this on to recent graduates?
CRUE Seeking Survey Participants
As the Culturally Responsive Urban Education Center prepares to enter our 4th year, we want to ensure that we are providing valuable resources and opportunities to you. Below is a link to a survey we have created to gain your feedback on programming opportunities we currently provide and are developing to provide in the future. Your feedback on our programming ideas will be influential in how the CRUE Center moves forward. The survey takes about 8-10 minutes to complete.
Thank you for your time,
Seeking ECE Specialists
I am a recruiting coordinator with ICF International and we have amazing opportunities for experienced Early Childhood Education Specialists to provide training and technical assistance to Migrant and Tribal Head Start programs. I am reaching out to see if you could please help with circulating these positions. Please share this email with interested colleagues, students, alumni and/or post to the university’s job board, if applicable. If you or someone you know has an interest in either of these positions or related questions, please feel free to reach out to Recruiter Olivia Kranz at OKranz@icfi.com or 703-218-2735.
The positions are home-based with travel to Migrant or Tribal Head Start programs within home-states and possibly surrounding states. These are high-profile opportunities for those passionate about working with Migrant or Tribal Head Start populations and looking to take their career to the next level. More information about each opportunity is below with links to our website. I have also attached flyers to post and circulate. I truly appreciate any help or guidance you can provide!
- Bachelors or Masters in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
- Experience working with the migrant and seasonal Head Start populations and providing T/TA
- Experience working with migrant/seasonal farm-worker families and children in a early childhood setting
- Fluent in Spanish speaking and writing preferred
- Apply online
- Bachelors or Masters in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
- Prior experience working with the American Indian Alaska Native/Tribal populations and providing T/TA on reservations
- Understanding of tribal sovereignty and government-to-government relationships
- Apply online
BE UNICEF Program for CO Teachers
Greetings from New York!
We are bringing an outstanding professional development opportunity in global education to Colorado this summer, and we hope you will share the news with your network of pre- and in-service teachers at the University of Colorado Denver.
Through a grant from the Daniels Fund, the U.S. Fund for UNICEF has established the BE UNICEF program to provide Colorado teachers an opportunity to discuss global education, identify resources, and create opportunities for their students to take action to address global problems. At our free BE UNICEF Teacher Institute in June, thirty Colorado secondary teachers will acquire valuable insights (and materials) in global education and collaborate with like-minded colleagues on lessons and activities to bring back to the classroom. We are presently working with a local university to arrange for professional development credit.
We will also feature a special guest from UNICEF, Dr. Changu Mannathoko. As Senior Policy Adviser, Dr. Mannathoko provides technical support and expertise in the areas of gender equity and girls’ education, capacity development, child-friendly schools, safety and security in schools, HIV and AIDS prevention, life-skills based education, and United Nations partnerships for girls’ education (UNGEI). She will share her experience of 25-plus years of work worldwide, with a special emphasis on the Eastern and Southern Africa region.
This FREE institute for middle- and high-school teachers will be at the Daniels Fund in Denver from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14, and Wednesday, June 15, and lunch will be provided. Both pre- and in-service teachers are invited to apply at their earliest convenience at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/BE_UNICEF. Acceptances will be announced beginning the week of May 23.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Many thanks!
P.S. Teachers can also visit our website, http://TeachUNICEF.org, for free lesson plans, activity sheets, videos, and podcasts on the full spectrum of UNICEF’s work, as well as suggestions for ways young global citizens can take action!
Interested in Teaching Abroad in China?
Please check out this website!