Teacher Education/Special Education Latest News
Important Information from Meredith Lopez, UCTE Academic Advisor:
Hello TC’s: I hope the switch week transition is going well for everyone as you move into new classrooms within your school and for those beginning their next block of classes. Please see below for important reminders and registration information. And please contact via email or phone for any questions regarding registration for spring.
Spring 2012 Registration
You will be able to check UCDAccess for the date/time to register for Spring 2012. Please note that we have not yet sent our spring registration cohort emails including internship sections for continuing students. We are waiting for a new component of registration to be implemented on the UCDAccess portal to make registration even easier and will be sending out this information along with registration information closer to mid October.
Internship placement for Spring 2012
Rachel Fraser is working on placement assignments for Spring 2012. You will receive an email with your placement assignment and call number in December.
Partner School – Fall Term Calendar
Also be mindful of partner school calendar starts for the start of the fall terms. Many schools go back in early January so plan accordingly with your vacation schedule. You will be receiving communication around partner school placements in December as well as welcome letters from your site team.
If you are in your final semester of internships this Fall, your $250 deposit will be refunded to you the middle of November. Please look for emails from Rachel.
Teacher Ed and Special Ed Handbooks
You can find the handbooks and all appendices on the SEHD website – under CURRENT STUDENTS – PROGRAM SPECIFIC RESOURCES.
Fall Licensure/Endorsement Completers
To start your initial licensure or endorsement(based on an approved program) application process, use this link to the CDE application wizard to begin online process for your applications.
Remember-all grades must be complete and listed on transcript before you can start the application process. Grades tentatively will be posted Dec. 27, 2011.
• Graduate teacher education students submit their paperwork to Meredith Lopez. CLAS Undergraduate students will submit their licensure paperwork for institutional recommendation to Stephanie Hamington.
• If you need a confirmation letter for employment while waiting for your licensure paperwork to process, please email me your request with details and how you would like the letter delivered or held for pick up.
• Please note, if an incomplete has been taken in any licensure course (SAPS for example) the grade must be posted for the incomplete course. All prerequisite courses must be completed and you must have passed the PLACE or PRAXIS II tests.
• You can make a request for UCD transcripts to be mailed to your home once grades are posted via UCDAccess or pick them up from the Bursar’s office for a fee. Graduate students will also need to include a copy of undergraduate transcripts-we have an extra copy of your transcripts in your file if needed.
Career Center Workshops
Please be on the lookout for workshops that will be scheduled for those finishing their final internship this Fall semester. These are designed to help you in your job search-writing resumes and interview tips-and will be held in early November. You also can schedule your own personal appointment or do a Quick Tip Stop In at the Career Center’s location in the Tivoli, room 267, 303-556-2250
Quick Tip Hours for Fall 2011:
Master Options for Graduate/Undergraduate Licensure Completers
All teacher education graduate 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, room 701. We encourage you to contact the SSC advisor listed on the options sheet for more information and sequencing of courses.
Undergraduates-we highly encourage you to apply for our masters programs through a shortened application process, plus we’ll waive the application fee!! For more details, please contact our admissions counselor, Lindsay Austin.
Yau Jau Ku
Mr. Ku received the Mapleton Public Schools Award of Excellence in spring 2011 in the certified employee category. The category included our teaching staff, post-secondary options coordinators, mentor coaches, instructional guides and staff who support special needs in the School District. Each nominee represents the excellence and teacher leadership that provides quality learning opportunities for students each day. Nominees have contributed substantially to each student achieving his or her dreams in Mapleton Public Schools.
Mr. Ku’s nominators described him this way:
This teacher’s work during the school day is remarkable, but it is the work outside of the school day that is unprecedented. This teacher coordinates student and family activity nights that are fun, standards based and culturally rich. He has sought resources to fund amazing activities that touch and tie into all areas of learning. Finally, as a complement, this teacher teaches like his hair is on fire!
Submitted by Diane Hageman, Site Professor at Mapleton Public Schools
What one notices immediately about Kelly Parsons is her bright smile and how she simply radiates positive energy. The students she has worked with during her UCTE internships at Rose Hill Elementary School have clearly thrived in the warm and caring classroom community she provides. And Kelly is clearly thriving as a TC. It is obvious that she loves teaching and loves her students. “As far back as I can remember, I have always loved working with kids. I decided to become a teacher when I was in elementary school. I had an amazing third and fourth grade teacher who was very supportive and fostered my love for learning.” Kelly has also been inspired and influenced by her mother, an elementary school art teacher.
Kelly not only brings a love for teaching and learning to her internships, but a strong work ethic. She works hard to plan and implement standards-based instruction that thoroughly engages students and gives them an opportunity to have fun and interact with each other. She is exceptionally creative in preparing meaningful hands-on materials and activities. For example, she recently taught a first grade math lesson on how to turn a word problem into a math sentence. She invested much time, thought, and effort in providing a variety of ways for wiggly first graders to get up and move and actually “act out” the problems, using props she had created.
As she gets ready to start the final phase of Internship III and work at Rose Hill Monday’s through Friday’s, Kelly reflects, “I have learned so much about myself through my internships. I have learned about perseverance, diligence, strength, and equality. I have also learned that I can be flexible and accommodating, so I can meet the needs of all of my students”. She recognizes the reciprocal nature of teaching, “I am not only teaching the kids, they are teaching me”.
Kelly is especially looking forward to implementing her Teacher Work Sample. She’ll be doing a writing unit, with an emphasis on health. Rose Hill is a wellness school, where making healthy choices about eating and exercise on a daily basis is encouraged. This happens to be a great passion of Kelly’s, “I feel that a healthy kid makes a healthy learner. Preparing for the TWS has been a long and rigorous process, but I’m anticipating teaching it with great excitement and high hopes.”
Looking towards her first year of teaching, Kelly says, “I can’t wait to have fun in my own classroom and to be a positive figure and mentor in the lives of my students. I can’t wait for the relationships, the laughter, the learning, the fun, and the discoveries I will share with my students.” Thank you, Kelly, for the laughter, the fun, the hard work, and the positive energy you’ve shared with us at Rose Hill. We know you you will have a stellar teaching career.
Carol Younghans, Site Professor, Rose Hill Elementary School, Adams #14
Check out this great story by Vicki Hildner about a CU Denver student.
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Auraria CEC (Council for Exceptional Children)
Join us for the next meeting of the Auraria Student Council for Exceptional Children. We have a speaker for Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in WC 259. Ms. Lise Lee is qualified in both ELL as well as GT. She has been the teacher of the year in Georgia and is currently teaching GT at Wheat Ridge Middle School. She will be coming to speak with us about ELL’s in the classroom.
Can’t make the meeting? Find us on Facebook: Student Council for Exceptional Children - Auraria SCEC.
Bring a friend, and children are welcome. We can’t wait to see you! Make sure you are reminding your colleagues about the meeting.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Click here for flier.
Systems Thinking for K-12 Educators and Students
Peter Senge will be in Denver on the evening of Wednesday, November 2nd to give a public talk on “Systems Thinking for K-12 Educators and Students”. The event is sponsored by the Leadership Project of Passageworks Institute and Continuing and Professional Education (CPE) at CU Denver. For more information please see the attached flier. To register for the event click on the following website.
Could you please forward this email to your Colorado networks and share the information widely? While not everyone will be able to attend the talk, we want to spread the word as widely as possible about Peter’s interest in working on these issues in Colorado.
Professional Development Symposium: The Top Ten Things Every One With a Braid Needs to Know
Plan today to join us at this symposium to enhance your effectiveness to make a difference in a young adults education experience.
What: “The Top Ten Things Every One With a Brain Needs to Know””
Where: CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Trivisible Conference Room (2nd floor), Research 2 Building, 12700 E 19th Avenue, Denver, CO 80045
When: Saturday, October 29, 2011
Registration 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM, Symposium 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
COST: No financial fee; You are donating your time, for your professional development, to learn new mentoring and teaching techniques supported in education research.
Registration: RSVP by October 21st with Kim Bevill in Subject Line to Patti Smith at email@example.com or call 970-988-8529
PARKING: See attached map for visitor parking lots on UCD/AMC campus
Sponsored by: Aurora Public School District Aurora LIGHTS HSTE-HOSA/Mentor Programs, CCCS Mentor Program and CU Anschutz Medical Campus Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
About our symposium Guest Speaker: Kim Bevill: Gray Matters Consulting www.kimbevill.com
Questions Contact: Patti A. Smith, RN Health Education Consultant C: 970-988-8529 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to meeting you Saturday, October 29, 2011. You will not want to miss this event.
AAEE provides career advice and professional development in the education job market
Members of the American Association for Employment in Education, a professional organization for college career-center directors and school district recruiters, provide career advice and discuss developments in the education job market. You may not be familiar with AAEE’s partnership with Top School Jobs/Education Week (http://www.topschooljobs.org/) to provide subject-matter experts (AAEE members!) who post educational employment-related articles to this site.
Please visit the Top School Jobs/Ed Week Career Corner blog.
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. 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.
Seeking Volunteer to Help Son
I am looking for a college student who would like to volunteer hours or receive pay to help my son in school. He has an undefined learning disability – which has become more pronounced now that he is in fifth grade. He attends Jarrow Montessori in Boulder.
He has survived multiple traumas in his life including the death of his father, relinquishment of parental rights by his mother, and subsequent adoption into my family.
His behaviors are less severe now, and this school year his presenting issues are distraction and inability to focus in school.
If this seems like a situation for which a person in your graduate school would like to be of assistance, I would like to talk to them.
Thank you so much for your attention.
After School Literacy Teachers $26.00-$28.00hr.
(Denver, Aurora, Lakewood, Westminster)
Results Learning, LLC is an Academic Coaching Organization that specializes in working with students who learn differently. We currently have openings for energetic educators to work one-on-one and in small groups (three – five children) with under achieving readers, English Language Learners and students with learning disabilities 1st -5th grades in Denver and Jefferson County School Districts before and after school.
The ideal candidates are General and Special Educators who use the F.A.S.T. Reading System, or would welcome the opportunity to become trained in the F.A.S.T. Reading System. The candidates will also possess the ability to build great rapport with students and teachers and have a true passion for helping students with learning differences reach their potential.
Educators will work with elementary school students before and after school, at the students’ school. The after school program start times vary from 2:20 to 4:00 and last one hour. Additionally, educators will have the opportunity to work one-on-one with students in the students home or at local libraries in the late afternoon and early evening following the school based programs.
- Background in systematic phonics literacy programs preferred.
- Teacher certification, Elementary, ELA or Special Education.
- Proven ability to work effectively with children with learning differences and with English language learners
- Availability from October 2011 – March 2012
Results Learning Provides:
- Comprehensive training and two continuing education credits
- Great pay
- Flexible schedules
- Rewarding, one-on-one and small group tutoring
- Professional development opportunities
To apply, please send a resume or summary of qualifications and two professional references to:
They must have a basic knowledge of phonics (know their long and short vowels sounds). During the interview process I will test all potential coaches on their phonetic code knowledge. All newly hired coaches are required to take the FAST training which is 32 hours of training and we do this training on the weekends. We pay for the training we do not pay the coaches to take the training. They will get two continued college credit hours and a certificate from FAST upon completion of the training. We pay $26.00 per hour for one on one tutoring and we pay $28.00 per hour for our groups. There is a maximum of 6 students to a group.
Meadow Community seeking Para Professional
I would like to let all UCD education students know that there is an IMMEDIATE opening for a Special Education Para Professional at Meadow Community School in Thornton, Colorado. Our caseload has grown substantially and we are seeking help for push-in support for some of our students. Please have any interested candidates submit an online application to www.mapleton.us as well as a letter of interest to Damon Brown.
Laura Anderson (Dischler)
Seeking Female Piano Teacher
I work for a local piano studio and we’re looking to hire a part-time piano teacher, someone with an education background or degree instead of a typical classical piano background.
We were thinking a college student or recent grad from the educational/child development world might be perfect, but we’re not sure how to reach out to schools like UC-Denver to let students and alumni know about the position.
Click here for job posting.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!
All the best,