Professional Development

Updated May 19th, 2016

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This year’s annual workshop for middle and high school teachers is focused on incorporating controversial science topics such as climate change and evolution into the classroom. The event will be held on Saturday, August 27 at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This workshop will include fun discussions, lectures, panels, lesson plans, demonstrations and activities and will allow teachers to learn about diverse topics from graduate students, faculty, and fellow teachers. Teachers can receive ½ credit through the Colorado School of Mines for attending, even if they have attended our workshops before (the material is all new each year). For more information and to register please email: CU.EEB.EOC@gmail.com

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Free workshop! Become a GLOBE teacher and learn how GLOBE can strengthen your Eco-Schools USA work and deepen student learning through real world field experiences. This workshop is designed for teachers in grades 6-8, but teachers from any grade level are welcome to attend. Learn More about GLOBE    Registration

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Atmosphere – Air Temperature, Clouds, Precipitation, Surface Temperature, Wind
Biosphere – Land Cover Classification
Pedosphere (Soil) – Soil Characterization, Soil Fertility, Soil Moisture – Sensors, Soil pH, Soil Temperature

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Strategies to Promote Scientific Inquiry & Develop Evidence-Based Explanations

(For Elementary & Secondary Teachers)

Do you struggle with teaching inquiry-based science? Would you like to expand your science lessons beyond memorizing terms, facts, and filling out worksheets? Imagine your class full of enthusiastic, scientific minds engaged in asking questions, developing investigations, collecting data and evidence, constructing scientific explanations and discussing scientific ideas with their peers. Register Today

In this workshop participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of scientific inquiry and the practices of science
  • Deepen science content knowledge through an immersion inquiry experience
  • Develop an understanding of scientific explanations
  • Learn how to use the Explanation Tool to challenge students to analyze data, make scientific claims, and form scientific explanations based on evidence

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NOAA’s Climate Stewards Education Project (CSEP) is collaborating with Federal, State and NGO partners to convene six climate-science workshops for formal and informal educators. Participants will hear from and interact with climate science, education and communication experts, and visit facilities to explore innovations in climate research, mitigation and/or adaptation. Each workshop will focus on regional and/or topical impacts of climate change, with a goal of connecting educators and their students/audiences to the best-available, science-based information and resources about climate change. Boulder Colorado – June 30th – July 2nd Learn More

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Middle School Science
Discovery Techbook Adoption Training

Join us for a two-day training that will provide a full overview of Discovery Education´s Science Techbook as well as an update and training of Lab-Aid´s SEPUP lab program that we will be using along side Discovery Education. There will be time built in for grade level discussions and connection to Schoology. There will be two options for Middle School Science Teachers to choose from.  June 1st – 2nd & August 3rd – 4th –  Register Here

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Strategies to Promote Scientific Inquiry
& Developing Evidence-Based Explanations

Do you struggle with teaching inquiry‐based science? Would you like to expand your science lessons beyond memorizing terms, facts, and filling out worksheets? Imagine your class full of enthusiastic, scientific minds engaged in asking questions, developing investigations, collecting data and evidence, constructing scientific explanations and discussing scientific ideas with their peers. Lead by Longmont High School teacher Chris Chou. There will be a K-5 and 6-12 section of this workshop.

Register with the St. Vrain PD Department – In this workshop participants will:

  • Increase their understanding of scientific inquiry and the practices of science
  • Deepen science content knowledge through an immersion inquiry experience
  • Develop an understanding of scientific explanation
  • Learn how to use the Explanation Tool to challenge students to analyze data, make scientific claims, and form
  • scientific explanations based on evidence
  • Learn how to use a variety of formative assessment strategies in a science classroom………..

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Microbes and Mental Health – Getting the Dirt on your Health April 23

Current CU-Boulder research by Dr. Christopher Lowry’s team is expanding our understanding of the extensive interconnection and balance between our nervous, immune, and digestive systems. Our life experiences, environmental exposures and microbial flora, as well as the interactions with microbes in our environment, influence this balance and our health in very profound ways. Learn More 

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Spring 2016 Teacher Professional Development
CU Science Discovery

Engineering is Everywhere – Saturday, March 5th
An introduction to engineering pedagogy and methods for incorporating cutting-edge materials and technologies in your classroom.

3D Design and Printing – Monday, March 21st – Wednesday, March 23rd
A Comprehensive Course, From Initial Design Facilitation to Animating 3D Printed Objects, Including Opportunities to Borrow a 3D printer for Your School/District

3D Design and Printing – Monday, April 4th – Wednesday, April 6th
A Comprehensive Course, From Initial Design Facilitation to Animating 3D Printed Objects, Including Opportunities to Borrow a 3D printer for Your School/District

21st Life Science – Saturday, April 23rd
Explore ecosystems, biodiversity, genetics, evolution, human body systems and biotechnology

Exploring Physical Science – Saturday, April 30th
Our newest PD blends science and engineering practices, hands-on inquiry, measurement and math with cutting-edge science technologies and research from CU Boulder.

To Register Click Here

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Conference InformationConference Agenda 

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denver-museum-of-nature-and-scienceDenver Museum Inquiry Academy: Make small changes in your teaching that make a big difference and be inspired by what inquiry teaching can do for you and your students! This hybrid course offers a chance for you to roll up your sleeves and delve into inquiry learning for your classroom.

Upper Elementary Inquiry Academy – Learn More
Initial Face-to-Face  June 20–23, 2016 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Six-Week Online Course August 28–October 8, 2016
Final Face-to-Face (onsite at the Museum) Saturday, October 8, 2016 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

Secondary School Inquiry Academy – Learn More
Initial Face-to-Face (onsite at the Museum) July 11–July 14, 2016 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Six-Week Online Course: September 4–October 15, 2016
Final Face-to-Face (onsite at the Museum) Saturday, October 15, 2016 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

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Gardeners Going Native in 2016

Habitat Gardening with Native Plants – March 10, Golden, 1 – 4 pm, taught by Kathy Brown, volunteer instructor, https://npmhabitatgardening.eventbrite.com

Landscaping with Colorado Native Plants Conference – March 12, Loveland, 8 am – 5 pm, http://landscapingwithcoloradonativeplants.org/

Gardening with Pollinators – May 4, Golden, 9 – 12 pm, taught by Deryn Davidson, CSU Horticulture Agent, https://npmgardeningpollinators.eventbrite.com

Native Plant Landscaping – May 4, Golden, 1 – 5 pm, taught by Irene Shonle, CSU County Extension Director, https://npmnativelandscaping.eventbrite.com

CSU Nursery Tour – June 15, Fort Collins, 10 am to 12 pm, led by Josh Stolz, Nursery Manager, https://npmcsunurserytour.eventbrite.com

For a complete list of classes, see http://npm.eventbrite.com.

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2016 Climate and Colorado’s Water Future Workshop
Register now to join us on Friday March 11 for the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s annual Climate and Colorado’s Water Future Workshop. Continuing ed. credits available for teachers. Location: Boulder, Co

What might be the impact of climate change on Colorado’s water future? Can we meet our demands for water – agriculture, household and business use, plus environmental and recreational benefits – and still deliver two thirds of our water downstream to satisfy interstate agreements? Prepare yourself and your students to think strategically about climate science and receive hands-on curriculum tools.

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Wings Aerospace Science Program (W.A.S.P.)
Was developed by teachers for teachers. This innovative idea brings hands-on learning right into your classroom. The W.A.S.P. program covers Colorado State Standards and benchmarks for teachers. Our next training will be held at Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum onSaturday, February 20th at the Lowry Hangar from 8:00-3:00.

Teachers can choose to take this training for CDE continuing education credit, or for $55, the course can be taken for a graduate credit from Adams State University. To sign up for a training please RSVP to Hetty Carlson at hcarlson@wingsmuseum.org.

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Beyond Butterflies – Exploring Invertebrate Diversity
What creature(s) come to mind when you think of invertebrates? In this content-rich workshop, participants explore Butterfly Pavilion’s newest exhibit, Invertebrate World, experience learning tools to tap curiosity, design a lesson to use/adapt with your students, and be amazed by the incredible, almost unbelievable, invertebrate diversity – butterflies and beyond!

Saturday, 2/6/2016, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, for preK-12th grade teachers Cost: $45.00 + optional graduate-level relicensure credit  Register online today!

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The UCAR Center for Science Education and University of Colorado’s AirWaterGas Project are pleased to present: Teaching about the Impacts of Fossil Fuels on the Environment

A Professional Development Program for Middle and High School Science Teachers
Six weeks online : April 8 – May 22, 2016 – Two days in-person: June 1-2 (*Greeley)
or June 7-6 (*Grand Junction) *locations tentative

Cost: FREE with support from the National Science Foundation Learn More

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Conservation in Colorado Lecture Series

From the Rocky Mountains to the rolling plains, Colorado is recognized for its beautiful ecosystems and majestic wildlife. Join the Audubon Society of Greater Denver for this engaging class that will highlight some of the state’s threatened and endangered animals, creating dialogue with industry experts about the challenges they face while also inspiring hope for the future. Conservation in Colorado Lecture Series Info

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Mysterious Microbes

Join us for the free Mysterious Microbes webinar series and workshop featuring the cutting-edge research of the scientists from the Fierer Lab Group. Learn first hand from the experts about the fascinating microbes that live in the soil, air, water, and everywhere else that surround us as they seek to answer these questions:

•What are these mysterious microorganisms that make up the greatest amount of biodiversity on our planet?
•How do we explore the microbial diversity found on us, in us, and all around us?
•How do microbes impact our lives and the world we live in?

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MAVEN Elementary Teachers’ Summit
A Workshop for Elementary Educators
– Dates: June 14-17, 2016
Location: LASP Space Sciences Building, 3665 Discovery Dr., Boulder, CO. 80303
Are your students obsessed with space? Looking to expand your own knowledge, meet other educators, and have fun? This professional development for elementary educators is a great opportunity to get hands-on activities, blended science and literacy lessons, as well as increase content knowledge in a welcoming environment! Learn More

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NEON’s Citizen Science Academy (CSA) offers online professional development courses for environmental science educators looking for out-of-the-box ways to teach scientific concepts by immersing your students in collecting, using and interpreting scientific data. By implementing citizen science projects, your students will contribute to research used by scientists all over the country. How cool is that? All CSA courses qualify for graduate-level continuing education credits from Colorado School of Mines.

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NCAR EXPLORER SERIES
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) invites you to join us for our Explorer Series. Get an inside look at the advances our scientists are making in areas of study that stretch from Earth’s oceans, forests, and cities up through the layers of the atmosphere to the scorching swirls of plasma on the Sun. Recommended ages 12+.

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How Science Works – UC Berkley

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How Science Works provides a fun, accessible, and free resource that accurately communicates what science is and how it really works. The process of science is exciting, but standard explanations often miss its dynamic nature. Science affects us all everyday, but people often feel cut off from science. Science is an intensely human endeavor, but many portrayals gloss over the passion, curiosity, and even rivalries and pitfalls that characterize all human ventures. Understanding Science gives users an inside look at the general principles, methods, and motivations that underlie all of science.

National Academies of Sciences

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AcademyScope is a visualization of all of the reports (books, magazines, etc.) that are available on NAP.edu, absolutely FREE. Allowing you to browse through the reports of the National Academies by topic area and seeing relationships between titles.

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The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), founded in 1944 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, is the largest organization in the world committed to promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all. NSTA’s current membership of 60,000 includes science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business and industry representatives, and others involved in and committed to science education.

NSTA’s Mission: “ … to promote excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.”

St. Vrain Education Foundation

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The SVVSD Education Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization with a mission is to provide resources and educational opportunities, in partnership with St. Vrain Valley Schools and local communities, to enhance student success and teacher excellence. Thier goal is to supplement the traditional education experience in ways that maximize the effectiveness of teachers and result in enhanced achievement in an increasingly complex and competitive worldwide environment.

Grants for Teachers

The Education Foundation’s Board of Directors provides grants up to $700 to St. Vrain Valley School District teachers, schools and selected area organizations for projects which support of the District’s strategic direction, supplement standard curriculum and enhance efforts to meet student learning needs. More specifically the Foundation is interested in providing support for projects that:

• will result in improved achievement for student participants,

• will focus on closing the achievement gap for underperforming students,

• will contribute to a reduction in the drop-out rate of participants,

• will present new and innovative learning activities,

• will focus students on skills needed for success in the 21st century, and

• will encourage and support life-long learning.

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BSI opportunities and resources available for K-12 teachers

The Biological Sciences Initiative at the University of Colorado at Boulder offers multiple programs for students and teachers of the biological sciences. With funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, they are able to offer many free programs for K-12 teachers as well as to offer paid research opportunities to undergraduates at the University of Colorado. You are invited to explore the programs relevant to your and your students needs.

  • Science Workshops for Teachers: Workshops and tuition-free graduate courses for teachers.
  • Ready…Set…Science! Program: Supports beginning middle/high school science teachers (grades 6-9) through workshops and mentoring.
  • Science Squad: Scientists visit your classroom and lead hands-on activities
  • Outreach Awards: “Mini-grants” to buy equipment for hands-on science explorations.
  • Activities, Resources and Lesson Plans
  • Other CU-Boulder Science Outreach Programs