Denver Preschool Program

Board of Directors

Rebecca Kantor

Dean, School of Education & Human Development, University of Colorado Denver

Rebecca Kantor, dean of the School of Education & Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver, has had a robust career as an early childhood teacher, researcher, professor of teacher education, education policy reformer and public university administrator. Dr. Kantor earned her bachelor’s from the University of Rochester in developmental psychology and linguistics, and her master’s with teaching certifications in early childhood and deaf education, as well as her doctorate in language and cognitive development from Boston University. Dr. Kantor spent 29 years at The Ohio State University, first as an assistant professor and the Director of the Lab School and, ultimately, as Director of the School of Teaching and Learning, achieving rank and tenure as a full professor. Her scholarship is focused on the study of classrooms as social contexts for teaching and learning, and reform of teacher preparation in partnership with schools. Dr. Kantor has published numerous articles, book chapters and books in her areas of expertise and has been a principal investigator on $17+ million dollars of grants to support her research. Dean Kantor came to CU Denver in 2012 to lead the continuing transformation of the School of Education & Human Development into an evidence-based, accountable School that offers flexible and diverse educator, counselor and researcher preparation and advancement programs.