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College of Education, January 2011

Melissa SchecterGreetings!  The Leadership Team for the College of Education would like to extend warm wishes for the new year to all COE alumni.  We are very excited about the close of the fall 2010 semester and the possibilities ahead for spring 2011.

Melissa Schecter
College of Education


College of Education Achievements

Columbine HallPlease note this posting has been updated to reflect the correct District information.  Apologies to Dr. Weathers and Dr. McGuire…

Congratulations to John Weathers!  CDHE has funded his work with Pueblo School District 60 for another year at $206,320. Patrick McGuire will be collaborating with him on this grant, entitled "Uncovering and Addressing Student Misconceptions: Improving Elementary Teachers Formative Assessment Capacity and Mathematics Pedagogical Content Knowledge."

From the proposal introduction:  "This project, which is a partnership with mathematics content, mathematics instruction, and formative assessment experts from the University of Colorado and the Colorado School of the Mines, offers a valuable opportunity for elementary teachers in Pueblo to develop the capacity to improve their mathematics pedagogical content knowledge and to learn how to create valid formative assessments that incorporate known student misconceptions and apply the data from these to improving student learning. This project builds upon a previously funded project to address similar needs for secondary math and science teachers, and will work to improve teacher formative assessment capacity and related foundational mathematics pedagogical content knowledge for elementary teachers by using the best professional development tools, instructional strategies, and research around mathematics instruction currently available."

Intensive English Program Established

Snow-Covered UCCSWe are pleased to announce the establishment of the Intensive English Program (IEP) by the Office of Global Programs within the College of Education (COE). The IEP is designed to provide service to students of the following profiles:

  • Generation 1.5 students are non-native speakers of English, frequently children of immigrants, who regularly use another language in the home environment, as their native language, while using English outside the home. These students struggle with their command of English in specific skill areas such as listening, speaking, reading or writing. These students frequently transfer to UCCS from community colleges.
  • Non-native speakers of English and certain international students who are studying a degree program at UCCS. These students struggle with command of English and need assistance in their proficiency.
  • International students that would like to study a degree program at UCCS but do not meet the English language requirement for admissions.
  • Non-native speakers of English in the local community that would like to study English in a university setting.

Courses began January 18. For additional information regarding IEP courses and diagnostic/placement testing, please visit us online or contact Mr. Chris Sauer at 719-255-3718.

The Office of Global Programs within the College of Education was established in July 2009 with the objective of creating international education opportunities for COE faculty and students through strategic partnerships and the development of quality ESL/EFL and culture programs both domestically and internationally. Visit us at:

CISCO, UCCS Partnership Shared with Global Audience

El Pomar Clock TowerAfter a semester-long experiment, UCCS and computer giant Cisco shared a new way of delivering education before a world-wide audience last week.

During the fall semester, instructors from the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Beth-El College of Nursing and Health Science taught to students at Otero Junior College and Lamar Community College via Cisco Telepresence in addition to students on campus. In doing so, Bob Kressin and Sue Davis put UCCS in the record books. UCCS is the first university to use Telepresence to deliver for-credit college courses. (More)

KRDO also aired a story about UCCS and its partnership with CISCO in UCCS IS THE FIRST COLLEGE IN THE US TO USE TELEPRESENCE.

Donor's Gift Shows Devotion to UCCS Women's Athletics

SculptureUCCS supporter Glenn Williams aims to level the playing field with several gifts he has made toward UCCS women's athletics these past five years—including an endowed scholarship for women athletes.

And now, with a gift of a 12-foot-high sculpture that will grace the Four Diamonds Complex on North Nevada Avenue, Williams's legacy will be evident not only to his scholarship recipients, but to thousands who use these athletic fields each year. (More)


Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring Boeing Boeing

Boeing BoeingJoin us on February 11 at 6:30 p.m. for UCCS Alumni Night at Theaterworks. We'll have a networking social hour with appetizers and beverages from 6:30 - 7:30, with the performance of Boeing Boeing at 7:30. Order tickets online ($25/person) and use the discount code ALUMNI.

Boeing Boeing
Bernard is a Parisian architect with three air hostess fiancées, each convinced she's the only one. It all works perfectly until an old school friend arrives and a new jet messes up the precision timetables. This classic French farce of the sixties was the most deliriously funny show we saw in London three years ago, and we promise it will fly just as high and just as fast in our own air space.

The Matrix Center and Greenberg Center for Learning & Tolerance present Freeland

Freeland LogoFreeland is a dynamic hip hop theater solo show written and performed by Ariel Luckey, directed by Margo Hall and scored by Ryan Luckey. The show follows a young white man's search for his roots as it takes him from the streets of Oakland to the prairies of Wyoming on an unforgettable journey into the heart of American history.

When: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Time: 6:00 p.m., Dessert reception to follow
Where: Berger Hall, UCCS Campus

Learn more and access parking instructions online through the Matrix Center.

In This Issue

College of Education Achievements

Intensive English Program Established

CISCO, UCCS Partnership Shared with Global Audience

Donor's Gift Shows Devotion to UCCS Women's Athletics

Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring Boeing Boeing

The Matrix Center and Greenberg Center for Learning & Tolerance present Freeland

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January 27:
GOCA 1420 presents "Rupture." Opening reception from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Learn more online.

January 28:
CU Advocacy Day at the Capitol

January 28:
Alumni Tailgate at UCCS Basketball Game

February 2:
The Matrix Center and Greenberg Center for Learning & Tolerance present Freeland

February 4:
GOCA 121 presents "Breaking the Sound Barrier." Opening reception 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Learn more online.

February 8:
Café Scientifique, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Learn more online.

February 12:
Alumni Night at Theaterworks featuring Boeing Boeing

April 2:
Alumni Advancement Lecture Series and Campus Tour featuring Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak and Dr. John Buechner, Professor & President Emeritus of the University of Colorado.

April 12:
Café Scientifique, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Learn more online.