Charlie Buckley, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Education at MSU Denver. In her 30-year career as speech language pathologist and a special educator, she has worked to improve classroom and community engagement for students with exceptionalities. Her current research and service projects include improving learner outcomes by focusing on individual strengths and abilities in inclusive settings.

Her daughter Jo Buckley has directed the youth activism program Public Achievement in the CSU and Fort Collins community and has served as a community representative in restorative-justice circles. She brings the practices of restorative justice into her classroom, where she works as a bilingual educational assistant. She is passionate about equipping young leaders with the tools and pathways to create systemic change. She is working on her master’s degree in education.

The shared experiences of this mother and daughter in supporting students with diverse needs has fueled their desire to create communities that include the most marginalized people, therefore elevating all of society.


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