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Dr. Richard Fulton

Dr. Richard Fulton
Dean of the School of Education and
Associate Professor of Teacher Education


  • Alternative Schools Curriculum and Strategies
  • Montessori Charter School Policies and Practice
  • Service Learning in Schools and Colleges
  • High School Small Learning Communities


  • Ed.D., University of Northern Colorado, 1997 
  • M.A., University of Northern Colorado, 1992 
  • B.S., The George Washington University, 1981 


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About Dr. Richard Fulton

Richard Fulton is the Director of Teacher Education and Associate Professor of Teacher Education at Fort Lewis College.  He joined the College in 2005, teaching primarily in the Secondary and K-12 certification portion of the program.  As Director, he has led the department efforts to establish the College's first graduate program, Master's of Arts in Education Teacher Leadership, which began in 2013. Fulton's research and scholarly work has focused on high school reform, including the use of content literacy and student-centered math instruction, service learning partnerships, small learning communities, charter schools and best practices in alternative schools for at-risk students.  

Prior to joining the faculty at Fort Lewis College, Fulton spent 22 years in K-12 schools in Colorado as an environmental education instructor and coordinator in Fort Collins, high school teacher and principal at Southwest Open School in Cortez, and assistant director for Colorado Learn and Serve for the Colorado Department of Education. He was also the founding principal of Compass Montessori Charter School in Jefferson County, the first public preschool-through-12th grade Montessori Farm School in the United States. Fulton is a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. 

Selected Publications and Presentations 

"Growing Together: P-20 Initiatives to Align Formative Assessments and Improve College Readiness and Success," Colorado Department of Higher Education Title II Part A CFDA# 84.367B2013-14-3, 2013 

"But We Did This in Middle School: High School Student Perspectives of Small Learning Communities," submitted to Durango High School Strategic Plan Tactic #5 Committee, 2009 

"Creating Hope: Formulating Instructional Strategies for and Perceptions of At-Risk Youth During a Teacher Preparation Program," American Association of Colleges for Teacher Educators, New Orleans, LA, 2008 

"Colorado League of Charter Schools Accountability and Evaluation Process," Colorado League of Charter Schools Annual Conference, Lakewood, CO, 2004 

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