Dissertation Examines Maya Education in Postcolonial Belize
March 15, 2023 — Jenny Pettit went to Belize three times to conduct research for her dissertation “Educational Experiences that Influence the Upward Mobility of Maya Women in Belize,” which was awarded UNC’s Graduate Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Dissertation last year. Pettit identified three Maya women who were leaders in their communities and examined how their educational and other life experiences had influenced their success.
New Investment Expected to Increase Diversity and Add Numbers to Denver Metro’s Teacher Workforce
January 27, 2023 — Since 2000, UNC's Center for Urban Education has been enrolling and graduating paraeducators working in local schools, offering a hybrid program that pairs bachelor’s-level coursework with clinical teaching experience that starts the first day of the program. CUE's educator programs have consistently high graduation and placement rates (over 90%) and its students—70% of whom are people of color and 94% of whom are first-generation—bring diversity to Colorado’s educator workforce.
Students Explore Teaching Field at Future Teachers Conference
November 7, 2022 — A year ago, Nayzeth Hernandez of Greeley was finishing the first semester of her senior year in high school, preparing to be one of 27 Greeley Central High School students attending the 2022 UNC’s Future Teachers Conference with their teacher, Lauren Appelhans ’14. Now, Hernandez is a freshman at UNC, with the perspective of a college student majoring in Elementary Education just finishing up her first semester.
UNC Offering Scholarships to Students Who Started College but Left Before Graduating
March 25, 2022 — UNC is one of 31 public institutions across the state enticing Colorado residents to return to college to earn their certificate or degree by offering financial assistance and support services through the Colorado Opportunity Scholarship Initiative’s (COSI) Finish What You Started program.
The Need for More Physical Education in Colorado Schools has UNC Alumni, Faculty and Doctoral Students Leaping for Change
March 3, 2022 — As a teacher preparation institute, those in UNC's College of Natural and Health Sciences take pride in pushing for more physical education classes in Colorado schools, though there is an uphill battle to overcome.
UNC Hosts Free Event to Inspire Future Teachers Across Colorado
January 19, 2022 — High school and community college students interested in teaching careers have an opportunity to hear from professional educators and gain valuable knowledge about the field during a free two-day event, Feb. 17-18.
UNC Faculty Members Using Advanced Technology to Explore Consumer's Willingness to Spend Online
September 30, 2021 — It’s an easy habit to fall into. While watching TV or folding laundry, it’s almost second nature for many to pick up their phone, browse a retail site and before they know it, they’ve clicked ‘purchase’ multiple times. This became especially popular during the beginning of the pandemic when many were staying at home. Though online shopping is convenient, it can also be costly.
UNC Receives Grant That Will Help Strengthen Colorado's Teaching Workforce
September 3, 2021 — UNC was selected in a highly competitive grant process, as a recipient of a $850,000 Colorado Scholarship Opportunity Initiative (COSI) Back to Work grant. The funding will provide new career paths for workers displaced by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic while also addressing the need for teachers in Colorado’s classrooms.
Unanimous Vote Leads to Full Reauthorization of UNC Educator Preparation Programs
May 26, 2021 — After three years of working with the Colorado Department of Higher Education and the Colorado Department of Education, the Colorado State Board of Education voted unanimously on May 12 to fully reauthorize UNC’s Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education programs.
Biology Faculty Member Wins Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award
May 19, 2021 — UNC Associate Professor of Biological Sciences Emily Holt, Ph.D., has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award.
Faculty Member Part of Group Awarded for Teacher-Preparation Research
March 4, 2021 — A UNC faculty member was one of four individuals who received this year’s Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.
UNC Active Schools Institute Receives $125,000 to Evaluate Physical Education Pilot Program and Develop Re-Entry Guidelines
December 8, 2020 — The Active Schools Institute at UNC has received two grants totaling $125,000 from the Colorado Department of Education to improve the quality of physical education and physical activity opportunities for K-12 students in Colorado.
State Reauthorizes UNC Teacher Education Programs with Extension of Conditions
June 12, 2020 — The Colorado State Board of Education on Thursday approved reauthorization of the University of Northern Colorado’s 34 teacher education programs with an extension of conditions in literacy instruction for two endorsement areas offered at the university.
Coronavirus Caused Rapid Changes in Education Model
April 10, 2020 — As K-12 schools, colleges and universities turn to online instruction, the dean of UNC’s College of Education and Behavioral Sciences offers tips for students, parents and educators to succeed in this new reality.
UNC Education Students, Alumni Step Up in New Environment
April 10, 2020 — In addition to changes made at UNC to better support Bears going through the switch to online classes, UNC students and alumni in the teaching field are taking diverse approaches to supporting families in the switch to online learning for their children in preschool through high school.
Making a Game of It
March 24, 2020 — Your kids’ schools are closed, and you’re working from home. Looking for some ideas to help all of you stay sane? Here’s how to engage your kids in something they love.
Call for Applications: Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award
February 17, 2020 — The Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes UNC’s commitment to high-quality and innovative teaching along with the historical importance of UNC's teaching mission by rewarding a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning that result in the enhancement of the intellectual development and lives of students.
Two Students Attended International Education Celebration at Capitol
February 7, 2020 — The StudyColorado Advocacy Day took place at the state capitol last week to showcase the benefits of international education in higher education institutions around the state. Two UNC students participated at the event.
The Story of UNC's First African American Graduate
January 29, 2020 — Lucile Buchanan enrolled in a two-year teacher certification program at the now University of Northern Colorado in 1903 and was the only African American student in her 1905 graduating class and the first African-American student to earn a teaching degree at UNC. Learn more about her story.
UNC’s Future Teacher Conference Introduces Students to Teaching
December 16, 2019 — UNC, in a never-ending quest to end the teaching shortage in Colorado and nationwide, will host the sixth annual Future Teacher Conference starting at 7:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21.
Call for Applications: Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award
December 2, 2019 — The Sears Helgoth Distinguished Teaching Award recognizes the University of Northern Colorado’s commitment to high-quality and innovative teaching along with the historical importance of the teaching mission at UNC by rewarding a faculty member who has made outstanding contributions to teaching and learning that result in the enhancement of the intellectual development and lives of students.
UNC Hosts 21 International Secondary Teachers from 20 Countries
October 15, 2019 — UNC is hosting a group of 21 international secondary teachers from 20 countries who are participating in the Fulbright Teacher Excellence and Achievement Exchange Program.
UNC Grads Win Monthly Teacher Tuesday Contests
June 13, 2019 — Once a month, students, parents, school staff and community members nominate a teacher in a Northern Colorado K-12 school for being an outstanding educator, and two UNC grads have won.
Observable Beehive Installed in UNC’s Ross Hall
May 14, 2019 — UNC has new tenants on campus — thousands of them! In Ross Hall, an observable bee hive was installed with hardworking honeybees fortifying their new home.
Program Addresses Shortage of Certified ASL Interpreters in Rural Colorado
March 27, 2019 — Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or deafblind and live in rural Colorado may see an increase in qualified American Sign Language interpreters as a new certification training program begins. The Rural Interpreting Services Project was made possible by a partnership between UNC’s Department of American Sign Language and Interpreting Studies and the Colorado Commission for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and DeafBlind.
UNC Professor Participates in Conference on Teaching STEM to English Language Learners
January 24, 2019 — UNC education students can expect to take six-credit hours in preparation of better teaching of STEM subjects to English language learners. UNC Professor of Language Education and Associate Dean and School Director of Teacher Education Jingzi Huang, Ph.D., goes into more detail about these developments and her involvement in a recent conference.
UNC Again Hosting Teachers from Pakistan for Professional Development
August 28, 2017 — For the sixth consecutive year, UNC's School of Teacher Education is hosting English teachers from Pakistan as part of the Teaching Excellence and Achievement (TEA) Program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad and administered by the International Research and Exchanges Board.
UNC Rural Education Center Featured in National Story
July 12, 2017 — "Most student teachers think that it would be really great to be in the bright lights of the big cities.... But the reality is there are great opportunities for teachers who would commit to student teaching in rural districts. We want to offer this as an incentive for them." — Center Director Harvey Rude to Christian Science Monitor
UNC Helping Build a Model for Healthier K-12 Schoolchildren
June 21, 2017 — A Colorado Health Foundation-funded project being led by the University of Northern Colorado aims to get K-12 students healthier and more active in their classrooms throughout the school day.
Trailblazers from Colorado’s Political Scene Visit Center for Urban Education Classes
March 15, 2017 — Students in classes offered at UNC's Center for Urban Education in Denver recently benefited from the insights of two trailblazers from the state's political scene: former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter and former state legislator Polly Baca.