Dr. Ritu Chopra, Ph. D. is the Executive Director of The PAR²A Center at the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD) of the University of Colorado Denver. She also serves as the Project Director on the NxtGEN Teacher Preparation grant funded by The Teacher Quality Partnership program of the Office of Innovation and Improvement at the US Department of Education. Chopra has been responsible for grant administration, training, research, and fiscal management of over 18 grant projects for the last 20 years. She is currently the Principal Investigator (PI) on a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education (Office of Special Education Programs). She has also been the PI on several projects funded by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE), the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) and the Transition to Teaching project. Prior to moving to the US in 1990, Dr. Chopra had worked for over 10 years in the capacity of a teacher, trainer, researcher and administrator in various educational institutions in her native country, India. Dr. Chopra’s work has focused on increasing access of non-traditional students to higher education and the teacher professional; the roles of teachers and paraeducators, professional development and the supervision of paraeducators and collaboration among paraeducators, teachers, parents, and leadership in inclusive schools. She has published a book, several articles and instructional materials in the U.S. as well as in India. In 2007, Dr. Chopra received the Sue Stuska Award for her service to the profession of paraprofessionals from the School ParaEducator Association of Colorado (SPEAC). She is also the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Excellence in Teacher Educator Award of the Teacher Education Division, Colorado Council for Exceptional Children.