Former DPS Administrator to Head UNC’s Center for Urban Education

Rosanne Fulton

Eugene Sheehan, dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado, today announced the appointment of Rosanne Fulton, Ph.D., as director of the Center for Urban Education.

Fulton brings 33 years of public education experience to her new position. She previously worked as the chief equity and engagement officer for Aurora Public Schools and, for nine years, as executive director of curriculum and instruction for Denver Public Schools. She has also served as assistant superintendent in Tacoma, Washington, and director of schools in Douglas County.

"The Center for Urban Education is an innovative program that trains teachers specifically for the diversity and challenges of the urban school environment," Sheehan said. "The center needs an experienced leader who is passionate about urban education issues so we are excited that Dr. Fulton will bring her rich experience to this program, which we believe is a national model for teacher preparation."

A unique feature of the Denver-based center is the class schedule, which allows students to focus on one class at a time in the center's five-week blocks. Students spend weekday mornings in area schools supervised by veteran teachers, gaining classroom experience and college credit. Students earn an income for their work in schools. In the afternoon, students take academic courses on the Denver campus, leading to a bachelor's degree and teacher licensure.

By the time they graduate, students have had almost 3,000 hours of on-site, supervised apprenticeship along with a rich academic course of study.

"I am thrilled about this opportunity," said Fulton, a former principal and teacher with a strong background in mathematics curriculum and working with nontraditional students. "The research is compelling, that quality teachers are the most important factor in improving student achievement. I hope to engage more closely with local Metro Denver school districts and build on the program's success to date."

Fulton holds a doctorate in philosophy in educational leadership and administration from the University of Denver, a master's degree in secondary mathematics instruction and curriculum from the University of Colorado at Denver and a bachelor's degree in middle school mathematics and language arts from UNC.

Fulton replaces Irv Moskowitz, a former superintendent of Denver Public Schools who founded the program in 2000 and retired in 2013.

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