teacher with elementary students in classroom

DPS teachers invest in graduate school

August 30, 2019

DPS teachers can now go back to school to pursue graduate degrees with the confidence that furthering their own education will pay off—pedagogically and financially.

After months of negotiations and a three-day teachers’ strike, the Denver Classroom Teachers Association and Denver Public Schools reached an agreement on Feb. 14, 2019. Two of the hard-fought wins for teachers were tuition reimbursement and salary increases for advanced degrees for those who return to school.

CBS4 News recently aired a story by reporter Tori Mason about a group of teachers at Munroe Elementary School who are switching roles from teacher to student. Fifth-grade teacher Fallon Newman is among those going back to school. Mason reported, “Newman recently enrolled in graduate school at CU Denver. It’s higher education she’s always wanted to pursue, but couldn’t budget before the strike.”

Rebecca Kantor, Dean of the School of Education & Human Development, thinks this is a great opportunity for both DPS teachers and CU Denver’s graduate teaching programs. “Our graduate programs are designed specifically for the working teacher and allow for customization so that teachers can choose what is most important for their learning and for developing expertise,” Kantor said.

Congratulations to Fallon Newman and all the other teachers at Munroe Elementary who are honing their teaching skills by returning to the classroom.