- Alumni Profile - Alums Help Make History Come Alive for Colorado Students through History Day
Alumnae Kendra Black (MA History, 2008) and Stacey Pendleton (BA History and Psychology, 2005 and MA History, 2008) know the secret to getting kids ready to succeed in college: allow kids to discover something they are excited to study, then provide them with the skills they need to explore those subjects. "The National History Day in Colorado program really engages kids," Black says. "They are detectives investigating historical topics that interest them, while learning key skills needed for academic and work success."
- Frontlines - How Do You Get Kids To Love Science? Give Them a Hyperlab
Picture a high school parking lot early on a Saturday morning and you probably picture a deserted space, quiet after a week of bustling students. But at Gateway High School in Aurora, there are cars in the lot and signs of life coming from the former auto shop behind the school. On thirteen Saturday mornings this 2013-2014 academic year, six teams of students arrive at 9:00am each week excited and enthusiastic to participate in Innovation Academy at the Aurora Public School's (APS) Hyperlab. The space was refurbished and outfitted by Physics Associate Professor Randy Tagg, and funded in part by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As a part of APS's Pathways program, which seeks to connect students with specialized, real-world curriculum in order to train them for their professional futures, the Hyperlab is a dream come true for Tagg, and a unique haven for students who would rather spend their weekends exploring STEM initiatives than sleeping in.
- Frontlines - Teachers Teaching Teachers with the Help of the Denver Writing Project
The Denver Writing Project might best be described by one of its teacher-leaders: "I can have the hardest, craziest week and I can walk into any Denver Writing Project event and feel invigorated as a teacher. I've never found that with anything else," says Shannon Styers, an ESL teacher at Goddard Middle School. With years of cuts in education funding and the multitude of other challenges faced by teachers today, thoughtful programs aimed at helping teachers excel are hard to find. The Denver Writing Project works by harnessing teachers' natural enthusiasm, creating supportive environments where teachers become writers themselves, and ultimately making Denver-area students the beneficiaries.