Higher Education Teaching & Curriculum Design
Assistant Professor, Education Department, Colorado College (2015-present)
Affiliate Faculty, University of Colorado, Denver in partnership with Teacher Institute at La Academia, Colorado Alternative Teacher Licensure Program
Instructor of Record and Course Designer, Adams State University, Alamosa in partnership with teacher Institute at La Academia
Program Designer, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont
Seminar Instructor, Teacher Institute at La Academia, Denver, Colorado
Affiliate Faculty, Adams State University, Rural Education Access Program, Teacher Licensure Program
Affiliate Faculty, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, Arizona Department of Teacher Education, Online Graduate Studies
Instructor of Record, Chapman University, Orange, California
Literacy Coach, Denver Public Schools
Classroom & Intervention Teacher, Aurora Public Schools
Reading Clinician, University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado
Activities & Interests
Teacher Reflection, Teacher Dispositions, Teacher Thrival, Teacher Identity, Inclusive Pedagogies, Culturally Responsive & Sustaining Pedagogies, Urban Education, Critical Pedagogy, Community Based Participatory Action Research, Qualitative Research Methods, Curriculum Theories
Whitaker, M. & Valtierra, K.M. (2019). Schooling Multicultural Teachers: A Guide for Program Assessment and Professional Development. United Kingdom: Emerald Points.
Valtierra, K.M. (2016). Teach & Thrive: Wisdom from an Urban Teacher’s Career Narrative in Book Series Issues in the Research, Theory, Policy, and Practice of Urban Education. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.
Articles & Book Chapters
Valtierra, K. M. & Siegel, L. (2020). Qualitative self-coding as reflection: Empowering teacher candidates with the tools of the researcher. Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives, 21(3) 415-428.
Valtierra, K. M. & Siegel, L. (2019). Dispositions for inclusive literacy: Fostering an equitable and empowering education for academically diverse learners. Journal of Curriculum and Teaching, 8(3) 111-121.
Whitaker, M.C., & Valtierra, K. M. (2018). Enhancing preservice teachers motivation to teach diverse learners. Teaching and Teacher Education, 73, 171-182.
Whitaker, M.C., & Valtierra, K. M. (2018). The development of the dispositions for culturally responsive pedagogy scale. Journal for Multicultural Education, 12(1), 10-24.
Siegel, L. & Valtierra, K. M. (2018). Self-coding: A tool for crossing the border from reflective educator to early researcher in Garbett, D. & A. Owens (Eds.). Pushing Boundaries and Crossing Borders: Self-study as a Means for Knowing Pedagogy (149-156). Herstmonceaux, UK: S-STEP.
Valtierra, K. M. & Michalec, P. (2017). Deep curriculum: Guiding the inner lives of early career teachers. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 19 (1-2), 19-33.
Siegel, L & Valtierra, K. M. (2017). Expanding dispositions for literacy: General educators as literacy gatekeepers. The Clearing House: A Journal of Educational Strategies, Issues and Ideas, 90(3), 93-97.
Valtierra, K. (2016). Beyond Survival to Thrival: Connecting Urban Teacher Narrative to the Moral Imperative. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 18 (1-2). 55-69.
Winner of the 2017 American Association for Teaching & Curriculum Hunkins Distinguished Article Award
Valtierra, K & Michalec, P. (2017). Deep Curriculum: Guiding the Inner Lives of Early Career Teachers. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 19 (1-2), 19-33.
Whitaker, M. & Valtierra, K. (in press). The Development and Validation of the Dispositions for Culturally Responsive Pedagogy Scale (DCRPS). The Journal of Multicultural Education.
Siegel, L & Valtierra, K. (2017). Expanding Dispositions for Literacy: General Educators as Literacy Gatekeepers. The Clearing House: A journal of educational strategies, issues and ideas.
Valtierra, K. M. (2016). Beyond survival to thrival: Connecting urban teacher narrative to the moral imperative. Curriculum and Teaching Dialogue, 18 (1-2), 55-69.
Articles & Book Chapters (under review/in progress/under contract)
Valtierra, K. M. & Whitaker, M. (2020). Beliefs or classroom context: What matters most to novice urban teachers’ enactment of culturally responsive pedagogy?
Valtierra, K. M. (summer, 2020). Preparing teacher candidates for thrival: Implications from a 4-year longitudinal study.
Siegel, L. & Valiterra, K.M. (fall, 2020). Preservice special education teachers in alternative education settings: A grounded theory approach to understanding their experiences.
Valtierra, K. M. (spring, 2021).Vanguards of vulnerability: Lessons learned from teacher thrival inquiry circles in an urban high school.
CC106: Critical Inquiry Seminar: Teaching Across Communities
ED131: Youth Organizing and Social Change
ED235: From Multicultural Education to Critical Pedagogy: Civil Rights in US Public Education
ED477: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Disciplinary Literacy Method
ED478/578: Advanced Methods: Inclusive Pedagogies in Literacy, Curriculum & Instruction
ED554: Master's Research
Ph.D., University of Denver, Curriculum Studies & Teaching; Urban Education Leadership
M.A., University of Northern Colorado, Elementary Reading
B.A. (honors), Metropolitan State College of Denver, Sociology
Licenses / Certifications
K-12 Colorado Principal License, University of Denver
K-6 Colorado Reading Teacher Endorsement, University of Northern Colorado
K-6 Colorado Teaching Certification, Metropolitan State University of Denver
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Committees & Governance
Associate Chair, Colorado College Education Department
Diversity and Equity Advisory Board (DEAB), Colorado College
Hunkins Distinguished Article Award in Curriculum, American Association for Teaching & Curriculum (AATC) for Valtierra, K.M. & Michalec, P. (2017). Deep Curriculum: Guiding the Inner Lives of Early Career Teachers. 2018
Hunkins Distinguished Article Award in Teaching, American Association for Teaching & Curriculum (AATC) for Valtierra, K.M. (2016). Beyond Survival to Thrival: Connecting Urban Teacher Narrative to the Moral Imperative. 2017
Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, Colorado Unique Teacher: Excellence in Teaching 2001