Student Research on Visual Literacy to be Presented at International Science Education Conference

Education Department Chair Mike Taber is excited to be presenting a research paper he co-authored with two education majors, Elizabeth Benedict and Elizabeth Waterman.

Dr. Taber will present “The Cognitive Development of Visual Literacy for Scientific Symbolic Problem Solving” at the New Perspectives in Science Education Conference in Florence, Italy in March, 2015.

The paper examines the extent to which novice scientists (i.e. students just learning science) are able to holistically interpret data. Where is the science learner’s level of visual literacy in terms of spatial thinking, recreating visual representations of information in visual format(s), and communication of complex patterns?

The preliminary study examined how well participants employed visual literacy skills in solving a symbolically driven problem.  Results showed that participants who possessed greater linguistic skills as well as spatial observation and reasoning skills were more likely to correctly identify all seven elements on the unknown cube face.

Elizabeth Benedict

Elizabeth Benedict

Liz Waterman

Liz Waterman









Congratulations, Elizabeth and Liz!

Tina Valtierra Joins Education Department

The Colorado College Education Department extends a warm welcome to Dr. Kristina (Tina) Valtierra.

Tina Valtierra, Assistant Professor in Literacy Development

Tina Valtierra, Assistant Professor in Literacy Development

Dr. Valtierra came to the CC Education Department in the fall of 2014 as a visiting assistant professor. More recently, she was hired into the tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Education.

A graduate of the University of Denver’s Morgridge College of Education, Valtierra’s doctoral dissertation is entitled “Beyond Survival to Thrival: A Narrative Study of One Teacher’s Career Journey.” Her research explored the characteristics that distinguished an outstanding and thriving middle school teacher from her peers across numerous school districts in the Denver area.

In a new topics course entitled Critical Perspectives in Public School Innovation, Valtierra introduced education students to innovative schools in the Denver area. The class examined public school innovation through a critical socio-cultural lens of income, gender and race.

As part of the Education Department curriculum redesign, Valtierra will teach three new education courses in 2015-16: ED425 Innovations & Social Justice in Public Education, ED477 Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Methods, and ED478 Advanced Methods: Critical Pedagogies in Literacy, Curriculum and Instruction.

Catamount Institute 2014 Fall Symposium

The Colorado College Education Department maintains a longstanding partnership with the Catamount Institute. Every year, the ED Department helps to cultivate young minds by hosting Catamount Institute’s Young Environmental Stewards for their Fall and Spring Symposia. Below are photos from the Symposium on December 13, 2014, held at Bemis Great Hall on the Colorado College campus. Photos courtesy of Catamount Institute.

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Physics Teacher Position at Air Academy High School


Dr. Mark Hatchell, Superintendent of Schools
Education & Administration Center
1110 Chapel Hills Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Phone 719-234-1200 * Fax 719-234-1257


Physics Teacher (INR)

Posting Date: August 15, 2014

Last Day to Submit an Application or Transfer Request: Three business days from posting date or until filled.

Organization: Air Academy High School

Location: Air Academy HS

Will be teaching physics and honors physics


Teacher: Science:

  • Valid Colorado Teaching license
  • Demonstrated expertise in subject area
  • Excellent organizational and academic skills
  • Effective student management skills
  • Student centered; Demonstrated success in working with students
  • Inquiry-based approach to learning
  • Excellent collaborative/teaming skills
  • Energetic, creative, innovative, flexible
  • Ability to use data/technology to improve instruction and learning, and to interpret test data
  • Working knowledge of and success in applying state standards in subject area
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; skillful communicator with students, staff and parents
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Assistant Professor in Literacy Development Position Opening

The Education Department at Colorado College, a selective private liberal arts institution, invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor in Literacy Development and Early Childhood/Elementary Education (P-6) beginning fall 2015.

We seek a colleague with expertise in literacy, most specific to the elementary years, and P-12 school experience (as a classroom teacher, literacy coach, literacy resource teacher, administrator or equivalent).

The position requires teaching six courses during the academic year with the potential for teaching summer courses. Courses contribute to both our undergraduate Education major and Teacher Preparation programs (9th semester and Master of Arts in Teaching).HiringTenureTrackPositionImage



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