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Colorado Distinguished Educator Panel Held First Meeting

Doris AlvarezColorado's Distinguished Educator Advisory Panel (DEAP) met for their inaugural meeting on September 29 at the University of Colorado Boulder. Michael Mozer hosted the group and Gary Cottrell and Andrea Chiba welcomed the group to TDLC via Skype. The present members are educators from the Highlands Ranch and Aurora area but other educators from other districts including Boulder Unified will join us in January when we meet for our second event. In addition to hearing from Gary and Andrea, the group also heard from Mike and his students about some of their research projects and how their projects might translate to education. Another important topic was the ongoing research project in Jeff Shroyer's classes where Mike and his post-doc, Rob Lindsey are collaborating with Jeff, a middle school teacher in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, to incorporate the Colorado Optimized Language Trainer (COLT) into his second-semester Spanish curriculum in Fall 2012. The system will be used by roughly 160 students in his courses, and all vocabulary practice and self-testing will be done via COLT. In January, Donna Caccamise, the Associate Director in the Institute of Cognitive Science, will host the second meeting and plans a tour of facilities as well as an introduction to some of their ongoing educational programs.

The San Diego DEAP met in on October 20 and conducted a Consultancy Protocol with scientistLeanne Chukoskie who asked the group for ideas on a program she is developing to track eye movements of students reading stem related content for the first time. Many of the elementary educators were especially helpful in their suggestions for Leanne's project. Gary Cottrell followed up with a review of TDLC. The All Hands Meeting in February was also discussed and some ideas were given for educator sessions. San Diego DEAP will meet again on December 1st.

- Doris Alvarez