The UCCS - Galileo Middle School Partnership (D11) is a collaboration between the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the middle school specifically involving Culturally Responsive Teaching (CRT). The UCCS faculty leaders of this partnership are Dr. Catherine Kelly, Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at UCCS and Dr. Barbara Frye, Director of Teacher Education. Four professional development workshops have been held on the topics of strategic planning and leadership, Culturally Responsive Teaching, Leadership, and Counseling (CRTLC), CRT lesson planning and implementation, and preparation for the creation of a model Professional Development School. A long-range study on teacher change at Galileo Middle School is currently being designed and implemented with an initial pre-treatment survey completed prior to the beginning of the school year.
The Galileo grant arose from high student drop out rates, failing grades, building decline (physical), and declining enrollment and demographics. The school is in the second year of the grant and opened the doors for student in August, 2008.