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Stickney, Dane

Dane Stickney PhD

Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Affiliate Faculty, Learning Design & Technology
  • Extended Studies

After a decade as a newspaper reporter in Colorado, Nebraska, and Iowa, Dane became a 6th grade writing teacher at a middle school on Denver's Northside. He and his students tackled social justice topics including undocumented student access to higher education, gentrification, and school-related gun protections while also scoring in the top 3 in Denver Public Schools state testing scores in writing growth. After five years in the classroom, Dane moved to CU-Denver where he is a senior instructor supporting teacher development through the ASPIRE to Teach program, the Curriculum & Instruction master's track, and the Student Voice and Leadership initiative through Denver Public Schools. Dane is also a PhD student exploring the ideas of student voice, teacher agency, and sociopolitical development.

Areas of Expertise

  • Student voice
  • Critical pedagogy
  • Problem-based pedagogy
  • Sociopolitical development
  • Teacher agency

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • PhD Education and Human Development with the Urban Ecologies concentration
  • Master's of Curriculum & Instruction, CU-Denver, 2012
  • Bachelor's of Journalism in News-Editorial and Bachelor's of Arts in English, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2002
  • Professional Teacher License, K-12 ELA, 2010-present
  • Linguistically Diverse Educator certification, 2012-present



  • Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Award: Received from the U.S. representative one of 10 statewide teacher grants for outstanding classroom contribution and dedication; included a $1,000 personal award and $1,500 classroom award, used for purchasing classroom technology (2013)

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