Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year!

Welcome back to school!  Just a reminder about a couple of things as you begin the school year…

1.  The unit plans are updated with new resources, lesson plans, and assessments linked.  Remember this is a living document, and we will continue to add resources throughout the year.

2.  Don’t forget about resources at your schools.  The PFL Flash Drive has 1000s of lessons and resources for teaching economics and PFL.  Middle and High schools have the DBQ binders in each building.

3.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.  I am here to help and support you!

Have a wonderful start to the school year!

Use Primary Sources with the iPad

Check out this great new resource from the Library of Congress!   The new Library of Congress Student Discovery Sets bring together historical artifacts and one-of-a-kind documents on a wide range of topics, from history to science to literature. Interactive tools let students zoom in, draw to highlight details, and conduct open-ended primary source analysis. Full teaching resources are available for each set.  Students can add these documents for free on their iPad!  Click here for more details.

Free Educator Night at History Colorado


 Educator “Night at the Museum”Friday, February 27, 4 – 7 P.M.Join us for a FREE educator open house to preview The 1968 Exhibit. Enjoy refreshments, classroom resources, entertainment and more! Great for K-12 educators who want to know more about what the History Colorado Center has to offer.

It was the year that rocked history. The 1968 Exhibit brings to life this pivotal American year through photographs, artifacts, vintage pop culture items and interactives. Explore the exhibit and see the events that changed Colorado and America forever. In ’68, the death toll in Vietnam reached a new high. Riots and demonstrations raged across the country, Apollo 8 orbited the moon, and the nation was transformed by the tragic assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy.

The ’60s also charted a dramatic road in America’s pop culture. It was in ’68 that Hair opened on Broadway, “Laugh-In” debuted on TV and Johnny Cash gave his famous performance at Folsom Prison.

Reservations are required. Please call 303/866-2394or go online for tickets. Feel free to bring a guest.


Free Webinar on the Silk Road–Jan. 27, 2015

Register now for a free webinar on the Silk Road put on by the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. “In this webinar, we’ll take a trip along the Silk Road, a network of trade routes extending 5,700 miles east to west from eastern China to the Mediterranean from AD 600 to 1200. Who traveled the Silk Road? What was traded? What is the significance of these routes? Discover the answers to these questions and highlights from the Traveling the Silk Road exhibition from Dr. Stephen Nash, the Museum’s curator of archaeology, and a special guide from the past, portrayed by a Museum enactor.”  Click here to sign up!

Register for the 2015 Fiscal Fitness Workshop Today!

This highly rated 2-day workshop is FREE for all eligible P-College Colorado educators to help you build knowledge about personal finance topics to reinforce your excitement and ability to bring the same knowledge to your students. This workshop focuses on the critical economic and personal finance topics to help you improve your own financial well-being.  With better financial know-how you will have the tools to bring engaging discussions, lessons and activities to your classroom! More information


Teachers Needed for History Colorado Focus Group

History Colorado is looking for elementary, middle and high school teachers to help test the new online exhibits and digital badges. Teachers must bring their own laptop will receive a $25 Amazon gift card as well as dinner.

Focus groups will be held from 5 pm – 6:30 pm:

November 12 in Denver at the History Colorado Center

Please fill out the form below to indicate your interest:


Use GIS in the Classroom

Are you looking for a way to engage students while using 21st Century skills like cloud mapping and analytical technology?  ArcGIS is for you!

Esri is offering all K-12 schools (Public, private, religious, home school) in the US a complimentary ConnectEd ArcGIS Online Organizational Subscription for K-12 instructional use, this subscription is hosted by Amazon Web Services.  Because it’s in the cloud there is nothing for the schools to install, it works on both PC’s and iOS!  Schools get a ton of mapping and analysis capability (in the form of ArcGIS Online Organization subscriptions), plus examples and guidance in their use, via http://connected.esri.com.  In addition to the resource form, there are many resources throughout this site so spend some time exploring.  Even easy to follow lesson plans are available!

Teachers who would like a GeoMentor (local or distance) may sign up as seeking mentor at www.geomentor.org

Learn more about how to use ArcGIS in your classroom at http://learn.arcgis.com

Parent Standards Guides Available for K-5

Check out these parent standards guides created by the Colorado Department of Education for grades K-5.  They are two page documents to help families and communities understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado State Standards.  My favorite part of the document is a list of what you may find students doing in class as well as what to expect when they complete the grade.  Here is the link to the documents:  Parent Standards Guides Available in English and Spanish