Keno Nagasa, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty,
Department of Teaching and Learning

Academic Background 

University of Northern Colorado

Doctor of Education-Educational Studies 

Emphasis: Curriculum, innovation, education reform

December 2014

Scholarship

Expertise and Teaching Experience

-Teaching experience in elementary and secondary education 

-Experience in teaching core education and licensure courses at graduate and undergraduate levels.

-Experience in teaching courses related to second language learning and literacy courses. 

-Experience in teaching courses related to community engagement in education.  

-Experience in teaching Action Research Foundations 

-Advanced practicum and field experience supervision.

Research Focus/Areas of interest:

-Curriculum design, delivery, and assessment of student learning outcomes 

-Multiliteracies, and the education of English learners 

-Transforming literacy instruction with technology

-Civic and community engagement in education

-Educating the “whole child”—Inclusive Teaching Practices is focused on student outcomes 

-Action Research and teacher learning 

Publications

Nagasa, K. (2020). International Migrants, Family Literacy and Pact: A Closer Look at a Family  Literacy and PACT. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 8(5), 378-392. https://doi.org/10.31686/ijier.vol8.iss5.2353  

Nagasa, K.A. (2014). Perspectives of elementary teachers on refugee parent-teacher relations and the education of their children, Journal of Educational Research and Innovation: Vol. 3: No. 1, Article 1. Available at:  http://digscholarship.unco.edu/jeri/vol3/iss1/1

Presentations, Proceedings, and Papers

Nagasa, K. A. (2019, May). Online Instructor Presence and Student Success. Poster session presented at the 2019 Spring into Summer BIC Conference – Online Instructor Presence Conference of Grand Canyon University, Online.

Nagasa, K. A. & Baccei, M. A. (2017, May). Helping students define student success. Poster session presented at the professional development conference of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver, CO. 

Nagasa, K. A. & Baccei, M. A. (2017, May). Development 360: Helping Peer Leaders overcome the equity gap. Poster session presented at the 8th regional conference on supplemental instruction of Texas A & M University, Collage Station, Texas.

Nagasa, K.A. (2013, April). Refugee and immigrant parents and the education of their children. Poster session presented at the 3rd annual higher education diversity summit of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Auraria Campus, Denver, CO.

Nagasa, K. (2011, May). Parents as partners in their childrens education. Poster session presented at the research evening of University of Northern Colorado, Greely, CO.

Nagasa, K. (2006, June). Technology in language teaching. Poster session presented at the technology day of Addis Ababa University, Addis Abba, Ethiopia. 

Conferences Attended 

A Vision for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, & Quality: The 25th Annual Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA) Conference. Colorado Springs CO-June 2019

The Student Experience – Building Relationships. An evening of inspiration and call to action from Denver Public Schools (DPS) students about the power of relationships. Denver, CO-May 20, 2019

Broadening the Circle of Education Abroad, Denver, CO-March 27-29, 2019 

HEDS 365: Higher Education Diversity Summit. Auraria Campus, Denver CO – April 2018

GlobalMindED, Denver, CO-June 9-11, 2018

Optimistic Uncertainty: Professional development conference #MSUDenverPDC. Auraria Campus, Denver CO – May 2017

The Call to Lead: The 1st Annual Fall Student Leadership Conference. Hosted by Student Academic Success Center, TRIO, and Student persistence of Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU-Denver), Denver CO – October 2016

Professional and Academic Affiliations  

Christian Adult Higher Education Association (CAHEA)  

Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) 

Colorado Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (CoTESOL)

International Christian Community for Teacher Education (ICCTE)

Education

  • Doctorate in Curriculum, Innovations
    University of Northern Colorado
  • Master's in Multilingual and Multicultural Education
    Addis Ababa University
  • Bachelor's in English
    Bahir Dar University

Research Interests

-Curriculum development, delivery, and assessment of learning outcomes

-Multiliteracies, and the education of English learners 

-Transforming literacy instruction with technology

-Community engagement in education

-Action research and teacher development   

Program Affiliations

Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of a wide range of curriculum development and instructional methods that can improve teaching and learning in diverse educational settings.

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Ed.D. in Instructional Technology Doctor of Education

This customizable degree is designed to help you advance your understanding of methods of instructional technology for a wide range of educational settings. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.D. in Leadership Doctor of Education

The Doctor of Education in Leadership program is designed to help you advance your leadership and research skills within your chosen discipline, whatever that may be. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

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Ed.D. in Public Health Education Doctor of Education

The customizable Doctorate in Public Health Education is designed for healthcare educators and professionals who wish to address public health issues through education in local, national and international communities at the post-master’s level.

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Ed.D. in Second Language Instruction Doctor of Education

The Doctorate of Education in Second Language Instruction is designed for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level. Through a tailored approach to the dissertation process, you can complete the program in as little as three years.

Students will gain experience as a scholar practitioner with the necessary skills to utilize innovative curriculum, current technology, and instruction methods relevant to second language learners’ educational needs in a variety of professional settings. Students engage in scholarly research throughout the coursework to support their final dissertation at the end of their program.

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Ed.S. in Curriculum and Instruction Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction degree is for leaders who wish to advance their skills in curriculum development and instructional methods at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation.

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Ed.S. in Instructional Technology Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Instructional Technology degree for leaders who want to advance their knowledge in instructional technology at the post-master’s level without needing to complete a dissertation. You will use theoretical foundations and current real-world practices to support the development of relevant technology that meet the needs of diverse learners.

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Ed.S. in Leadership Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Leadership degree is designed for leaders who wish to pursue advanced training at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. You will learn advanced leadership skills and competencies that will make you a more effective leader.

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Ed.S. in Public Health Education Educational Specialist

The Education Specialist in Public Health Education degree is designed for educators and healthcare professionals who wish to address public health issues through education in local, national and international communities at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation.

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Ed.S. in Second Language Instruction Educational Specialist

The Educational Specialist in Second Language Instruction is for professionals with a master’s degree who wish to advance their second language instruction skills and knowledge at the post-master’s level without having to complete a dissertation. Students will become more effective leaders in the field of Second Language Instruction through in-depth knowledge of research-based theories of language acquisition, assessment and instructional methods, strategies that promote cultural understanding, and current best practices to meet the needs of second language learners across diverse educational settings.

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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

This program provides PreK-12 educators with a thorough background of current scientific research and pedagogy to help them learn how students learn. It is designed around the “learn, apply, assess” model to maximize gains in student performance.

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M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Elementary Education Master of Education

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M.Ed. in Educational Business Administration Master of Education

The Master of Education in Educational Business Administration program was designed for those who want to develop business and leadership skills in an educational setting. Framed by the standards from the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO), the program prepares strategic leaders for senior administrative positions in a variety of settings including public, charter, and private schools, as well as community colleges and other educational institutions or learning organizations.

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M.Ed. in Educational Technology Master of Education

The Master of Education in Educational Technology program prepares educators and other professionals to serve as technology leaders by teaching them to track trends and leverage technology as an effective tool to support learning and meet the needs of school staff, teachers, and students.

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M.Ed. in Elementary Education Master of Education

Specifically designed for elementary teachers who wish to advance their expertise and skills, the Master of Education in Elementary Education degree will build on their current understanding of young students’ learning needs and introduce them to new ways of incorporating technology into the classroom.

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M.Ed. in Elementary Education for Graduates of the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Education

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M.Ed. in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Master of Education

The Master of Education in English as a Second Language and Bilingual program addresses the needs of teachers who are interested in working with linguistically and culturally diverse non-native English speakers. It is aligned to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards: English as a New Language.

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M.Ed. in Higher Education Master of Education

Designed for individuals who wish to advance their skills or career in higher education, this program focuses on the ever-changing global, economic, and technological environments that impact the field of higher education.

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M.Ed. in Instructional Design and Technology Master of Education

This degree is designed for students wishing to use technology to pursue a career in instructional design. You will learn how to evaluate, develop, and implement effective instructional design in a variety of educational settings.

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M.Ed. in Integrated Curriculum Master of Education

This program will help K-12 educators enhance their curriculum in order to improve student performance, close achievement gaps, and prepare students for the future workplace. You will learn how to utilize technology, collaborative environments, and other integrated resources to foster high levels of student achievement and performance.

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M.Ed. in Integrated Curriculum for Graduates of the M.Ed. in STEM Leadership Master of Education

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M.Ed. in Literacy Master of Education

This program is designed for educators who wish to bring systematic change to schools seeking to improve or enhance reading instruction. You will learn how to develop a supportive curriculum that helps students and teachers meet important reading milestones.

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M.Ed. in STEM Education Master of Education

This program will help you empower students to think like scientists. It was designed in conjunction with The National Institute for STEM Education (NISE) and Accelerate Learning and offers a holistic overview of historical and current issues impacting integrated science education while cultivating research-based strategies to improve student learning.

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M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership Master of Education

This degree is designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools to help other teachers reach their full potential. You’ll learn to interpret research on leadership models, teacher evaluation, and motivation, and use it to develop professional learning opportunities that promote continuous improvement

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M.Ed. in Teaching English Learners Master of Education

English language learners are the fastest growing student population and educators need specialized training to work with them effectively. This program is built to help teachers reach these students, bridge cultural gaps, and differentiate their curriculum according to individual student needs.

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M.A. in Elementary Teaching Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Elementary Teaching degree is designed for those who want to be elementary teachers but have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields. By building a solid foundation in elementary education, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career of working with young learners.

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M.A. in Secondary Teaching Master of Arts

The Master of Arts in Secondary Teaching is designed for students who have bachelor’s degrees in non-education fields but want to be teachers at the secondary level. By building a solid foundation in secondary education, you’ll earn a master’s degree and be prepared for a career in teaching at the secondary level.

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Certificate in Adult Education and Corporate Training Certificate

This certificate is designed to help you utilize teaching skills in an environment that requires professional development, team building, or training to improve personal, collaborative skills in adults. Theories of interaction are taught through experiential activities that you can apply to training opportunities.

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Certificate in English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Certificate

This certificate was designed for current K-12 teachers who are interested in working with English language learners. Throughout your coursework, you will get strategies for supporting students as they learn English.

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Certificate in Teacher Leadership Certificate

Developed to enhance professional skills, this program provides an opportunity for teachers to learn how to support other teachers through learning how to help them reach their potential in teaching.

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Certificate in Teaching English Learners Certificate

This program is designed to prepare educators to bridge cultural gaps and differentiate curriculum to meet the needs of the fastest growing student population: English language learners.

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Micro-Credential English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education Micro-Credential

The English as a Second Language and Bilingual Education micro-credential provides students with information to work with second language learners in a variety of settings. This micro-credential provides content addressing key foundational theories and research-based strategies to support the educational or instructional needs of second language and bilingual learners.

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