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Project Updates

The PAR²A Center, in partnership with the Early Childhood Special Education program at University of Colorado Denver, received a contract from Early Intervention Colorado (Colorado Office of Early. Childhood, Department of Human Services) to create self-paced modules leading to a certificate for Early Intervention providers. This project builds upon the previous work of the PAR 2 A Center with the CO-TOP*EIS project. The online modules developed for the EI Certificate will provide graduate level foundational knowledge in early intervention for occupational therapists, speech therapists, and other service providers who work with children ages birth to 3. The modules will be available for use in early spring of 2017.

Dr. Ritu Chopra was invited by the United States Department of Education to participate in the National Summit on Teacher Diversity held on May 6, 2016. Click here for more information.

The website for Project P2ECE (Preparing Paraprofessionals for Early Childhood Education) has launched. It provides an overview of the project, project staff, and lots of resources. The Bank of Resources booklets provide readings, sample assignments, websites, and video clips that can easily be embedded into courses. Updates on presentations and events can also be found on the project website. Please visit it to learn more about the work Project P2ECE has accomplished and what is yet to come!

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This is the last year for the Center’s Transition to Teaching grant project, Teacher PREP. This grant makes it possible for paraeducators, recent college graduates, mid-career changers and current teachers who do not have a teaching license to become licensed teachers in most endorsement areas through an alternative licensure program. Teacher PREP has enrolled 30 new participants for the 2013-14 academic school year. The new group will be teaching throughout the state of Colorado in a variety of subject areas including Special Education, Math, Science, Elementary Ed, Spanish and English Arts. For more information on this project click on the following link Teacher PREP. You can also email Mike Gallegos for more information on Teacher PREP.

For more information on all current projects of our center please go to Our Projects.

PAR²A Center’s Recent Happenings

Michael Gallegos and Ritu Chopra working with Greg Reed, Director of Alternative Licensure Program (ALP) at Metropolitan State University of Denver have finalized online Mentor Training modules. These modules are now available to schools and districts as professional development opportunities to master teachers who are assigned to serve as mentors to new and novice teachers. For further information about the modules, contact Mike Gallegos for more information.