Our team of Alternative Licensure Instructors (ALIs) and education professionals are ready to share their real experience and guide you towards your goal every step of the way.

Together we offer over 60 years of experience as professional learning leaders and educators and have built a learning community that mentors and empowers new teachers towards a successful teaching career built upon culturally responsive and inclusive teaching practices.

Julia Kantor

Senior Instructor
  • Extended Studies
  • School of Education & Human Development

Email Address: julia.kantor@ucdenver.edu

Primary Phone: 303-735-0241

Julia Kantor is a Senior Instructor with ASPIRE to Teach, the CU Denver alternative licensure program that focuses on developing teachers across Colorado. A former elementary teacher, Julia primarily supports elementary teachers through ASPIRE to ground their work in anti-oppressive practices and concepts of equity literacy. She is also the faculty advisor for the Curriculum and Instruction: Critical Pedagogy MA program that emphasizes similar ideals. She has taught courses at the undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral levels. Most recently, she has taught an MA course, Culture of Education Policy, that emphasizes the ways in which education policy both reflects and helps sustains inequities.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Vanderbilt University, B.A. Education Policy
  • Pace University, MSEd, Childhood Education
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D. Curriculum and Instruction

Research

  • Social justice focused classrooms
  • race, class, gender, sexuality and literacy
  • children’s literature
  • teacher education
  • teacher research
  • feminist theory
  • narrative inquiry and theory
  • student voice
  • teacher evaluation
  • poststructural theories
  • critical literacy
  • New Literacies
  • emotional dimensions of literacy engagement
  • Connected Learning in teacher education

ASPIRE has been so supportive through my whole first year of teaching. I have had so many questions and issues come up and I know I can count on my ASPIRE Instructors to be there. They are supportive and always make sure that they are there to answer all of my questions.
- Kiwi , ASPIRE Candidate