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  • Partnering to Improve: Denver Public Schools’ Talent Management Team and the SoE-DPS Teacher Workforce Collaborative Teachers are the most influential school-based factor for improving children’s outcomes. Yet a large body of evidence documents the inequitable sorting of teachers across schools. Districts are tasked with the challenge of recruiting, selecting, supporting, allocating, and retaining talented teachers. Moreover, they do so against documented social and market forces that work against the equitable allocation of teachers to historically under-served populations...
  • Partnering with Bilingual Educators to Improve Writing Instruction and Outcomes for Low-Income, Latinx English Learners This project addresses the persistent achievement gap between Denver’s English Learners (ELs) and students whose first language is English. Specifically, our study focuses on two malleable factors impacting the literacy achievement of low-income Latinx students who are ELs: the writing instruction they receive and their teachers’ understanding of bilingual writing development...
  • Partners In Education Partners in Education (PIE) is a unique opportunity for novice teachers entering their 1st-3rd years of teaching to earn their master's degree with an explicit focus on their classroom experience while working with professors at a prestigious, nationally ranked university. PIE teachers work as full-time teachers for one year at a reduced salary while benefiting from reduced tuition and intensive coaching while earning credits toward a master's degree at CU-Boulder's School of Education...
  • Partnership for Action-Oriented Climate Change Education Socio-environmental challenges including climate change are among the most critical societal issues. These complex problems must be addressed at the local, national, and global levels. In this project, we connect the expertise of CU Boulder faculty and graduate students around scientific and educational knowledge related to climate change with the situated pedagogical knowledge of K-12 BVSD teachers related to teaching students...
  • Partnership to Strengthen Systemwide Science Education Colorado adopted new standards in 2018 that represent the best of the field’s knowledge about how students learn the big ideas of science through scientific practices like asking questions, developing and revising models, and constructing evidence-based explanations. These new standards necessitate new approaches to classroom assessment, as well as significant supports for classroom teachers as they learn to support student learning in alignment with these standards...
  • Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community The JILA Physics Frontier Center Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) Program provides opportunities for university mentors (undergraduates, graduate students, and post docs) to facilitate local primary school students, primarily under-represented minority (URM) students, as they explore pathways to science in a friendly, welcoming environment...
  • Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) STEAM site The CU Partnerships for Informal Science Education in the Community (PISEC) program works to encourage students from underrepresented groups to pursue STEM or STEAM (incorporating the Arts in STEM) by partnering with community organizations to create informal physics programs. PISEC currently facilitates after school sessions at two middle schools and one elementary school and will expand to include high school students...
  • Partnerships in Sustainability: Working with Communities of Loreto, Peru to Develop Local Water Projects This four year longitudinal study evaluated the sustainability of water and sanitation interventions in three communities in Arequipa and Iquitos, Peru. The study explored sustainability in the built environment by evaluating the effectiveness of strategies to provide sustainable water and sanitation coverage in low-income communities. Existing infrastructure and intervention strategies were evaluated based on design, performance, community interests, priorities, organization, skills and ability to finance and undertake maintenance and repair...
  • Past, Present, Future: Exploring Boulder’s Natural Environment Three organizations at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU) - Boulder Creek Critical Zone Observatory (BcCZO), Niwot Ridge Long-term Ecological Research (NWT LTER) program, and Center for Water, Earth Science and Technology (CWEST) have partnered with the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Museum of Boulder (MOB) to collaborate on a mutually beneficial environmental outreach and engagement project for the Boulder community...
  • Pathways2Teaching: College Readiness and Support for High School Students in Boulder Pathways2Teaching (P2T) is an innovative college readiness program designed for 11th & 12th grade high school students to explore issues in education, social justice and equity, and teaching as a potential career choice. The P2T program offers concurrent enrollment and college credit for high school students, with a focus on students from historically marginalized backgrounds and students who will be first generation college goers...
  • Pendulum New Music The Pendulum New Music concert series, now in its 15th season, presents some of CU's best performers from all departments, premiering original music of our CU composers. Every monthly concert also features a faculty or guest performance that have included preeminent pianist Ursula Oppens, Bang on a Can All Stars, California Ear Unit, and eighth blackbird...
  • Performers Without Borders Mission Statement: Performance is a communicative tool to address topical issues relevant to society and ourselves. The program's mission is to utilize the communicative power of the performing arts to inspire individuals to use their voice effectively in speaking out and acting on their local and global concerns. Goals: -Give existing performing arts students an outlet in which they can combine their knowledge of the arts with community action...
  • PhET Interactive Simulations PhET Interactive Simulations provides fun, interactive, research-based simulations of physical phenomena and mathematics for free for elementary, middle and high school through the university level. PhET believes that their research-based approach, incorporating findings from prior research and its own testing, enables students to make connections between real-life phenomena and the underlying math and science, deepening their understanding and appreciation of the physical world...
  • Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado (POPCO) Since its inception in 1995 the Philosophy Outreach Program of Colorado has conducted philosophy classes for thousands of elementary, middle school, and high school students around the state of Colorado. Through POPCO, paired teams of CU graduate students and/or faculty lead Socratic discussions on topics that have been custom tailored to each teacher's curriculum...
  • Physics Trades Teaching Lab The Physics Trades Teaching Lab has existed for more than 20 years (established 1997) and has trained over 4000 undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and off campus individuals (from Boulder and the surrounding areas) in our courses on Machine Shop Technology and Beginning Welding. The Lab’s mission of providing Technology training for campus faculty, staff, graduate and undergraduate students continues to be successful in providing the missing “T” in the STEM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) at the University level...
  • Piano for Dreamers The goal of "Piano for Dreamers" is to offer no-cost introductory piano classes to a group of low-income children in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades in the Boulder area during the fall 2019 and spring 2020. These students currently receive other types of academic support from the Boulder Valley "I Have a Dream" foundation. The goal of the classes is to provide an introduction to piano playing, music reading, theory and music history...
  • Pre-Collegiate Development Program The Pre-Collegiate Development Program (PCDP) at the University of Colorado Boulder is an institutionally-funded academic enhancement program for targeted middle and high school students. It is designed to motivate and prepare first generation students in pursuit of their higher education goals. PCDP is structured to ensure that students are academically prepared to enroll and be successful at any postsecondary institution of the student's choice...
  • Prehistoric Pottery and Ancient Stone Tools Hands-on Workshop Prehistoric Pottery and Ancient Tools Workshop (recommended for 3rd - 5th grades) Examine and classify prehistoric pottery and explore ancient tools. Learn the steps of making ancient pottery, flint knapping, fire starting and drilling. Students create their own pots and cast projectile points to take home. Workshops are offered in conjunction with guided programs to provide a more in-depth learning experience; students will create an object of their own to take home...
  • Price of Opportunity The Price of Opportunity project includes a process for identifying and then pricing out the school-site programs and resources necessary to ensure that every child, regardless of circumstance, has an approximately equal opportunity for academic success. Currently, societal inequalities are often amplified by school inequalities. Yet, the notion that public schools are society’s “Great Equalizer” persists...
  • Program for Writing & Rhetoric: Writing 3020 - "On the Border: Mexico and the U.S." "On the Border: Mexico and the U.S." examines the border both in its physical form and as a border between cultures and languages. The class begins with a discussion of the meaning of "borders" and with a look at the history of the U.S./Mexico border both as a physical and metaphorical space. The course then examines the discourse of immigration through the novel Tortilla Curtain, in various articles, videos and news reports, through class speakers and through discussions of student work in the volunteer community...

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