Faculty and staff members in the UCCS College of Education were recently awarded more than $500,000 in sponsored research grants to improve the recruitment and training of southern Colorado K-12 teachers.
Lindy Crawford, associate dean, College of Education, Randall DePry, associate professor and chair of the Department of Special Education, College of Education, and John Weathers, assistant professor, College of Education, will each be principal investigators on grants designed to develop current teachers’ abilities in math and science as well as to recruit high-ability students to careers in education and assist classroom para-professionals to become classroom teachers. The faculty members will work closely with staff in the Troops to Teachers Program, Meghan Diderrich, associate regional director, and Bob Leonard, Colorado and Nebraska state director, who will serve as co-investigators. Additionally, the faculty will work with in educators in several southern Colorado public school districts and with faculty at other Colorado universities.
LaVonne Neal, dean, College of Education, lauded the successful efforts of faculty and staff in preparing superior proposals selected in highly competitive processes through the Colorado Department of Higher Education.
“With innovative teacher preparation program and assessment designs, faculty and staff in the College of Education are answering the call to universities issued by former CU System President, Dr. Gordon Gee, to be ‘architects of change,’’’ Neal said. “The total of these grants is approximately 50 percent of the state funding dispersed by the Colorado Department of Higher Education for teacher preparation. This demonstrates the high-quality of the UCCS faculty and staff.”
Courtesy Office of University Relations