Thursday, February 11, 2016

Survey Available for Teachers in creating a new Colorado DNR "careers in natural resources" website

The state of Colorado's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is creating a new "careers in natural resources" website aimed at showing children and young adults the opportunities available (both generally and specifically) in natural resource fields such as geology, botany, range science, hydrology, and environmental science. The DNR has engaged Notchcode Creative, a marketing and outreach firm in Colorado, to create a strategy for delivering appropriate content to the site's intended audiences. 

The audiences for this website are:
  • elementary school-aged children and their teachers,
  • middle- to high-school-aged children and their teachers, and 
  • undergraduate and recent college graduates. 

Each audience will have different content needs, varying from general interest in what people in different fields do, to more specific details on how they work, where they work, and what types of volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities might be available. We want you to help us form a better picture of what our audiences' content needs are.

Thank you for taking the time to help us! All survey responses are confidential, and will only be used for the purposes of creating an effective careers website for the DNR. If you have any questions, please contact Alan Bucknam at Notchcode Creative.

This 15-question survey should take only about five minutes to complete.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Map series available to enhance your students' learning

Whether you teach Ancient Civilizations, WThe Levant Land Bridge to Africa_ Asia_ and Europeorld Religions, Geography, or World History, ICS's beautiful new map series will enhance your students' understanding of the Middle East. 

ICS's new colorized maps vividly illustrate the physical and political geography of the Levant region from the time period of the Ottoman Empire through the present. Here is just one example.
Access ICS's full map series on our website here.

Looking for lessons that support a deeper understanding of refugees?ICS's curricular resources Jews from the Middle East and North Africa  and Jewish Refugees from the Middle East and North Africa are excellent resources to support world history standards and provide a connection to current events and global issues. 

Monday, February 8, 2016

Implementing Spacial Thinking in the Classroom Webinar Feb 10th

Join Sarah Bednarz for this upcoming webinar that will introduce you to spatial thinking, and ways to ensure that your students have opportunities to acquire this essential cognitive skill. Following a discussion of three types of spatial thinking and its role in learning geography, social studies, and science, the webinar will focus on a framework to support teachers interested in making their own teaching more "spatial."

Click here to learn more and register. 

Power of Data Project in Flagstaff, AZ this July

The POD Facilitation Academy will be held in Flagstaff, Arizona July 11-15, 2016
This project is currently recruiting 15 exceptional professional development coordinators, science/STEM curriculum coordinators, college faculty, and any individuals who support teachers on a regular basis to apply to attend our POD Facilitation Academy to learn to replicate POD Teacher Workshops across the nation. Applications are due March 4, 2016.  Facilitators will receive stipends for travel along with compensation for completion of the Facilitation Academy and other exepenses.  Click here to learn more.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Crow Canyon Mesa Verde Workshop Opportunity

Mesa Verde National Park and the Construction of Pueblo History

A One-Week National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Landmarks Workshop
Two sessions: June 26–July 2, 2016 | July 17–23, 2016
Join us at Crow Canyon in southwestern Colorado for an extraordinary professional development opportunity for educators. The program is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which provides stipends to help cover expenses. Information about all 2016 NEH Summer Institutes and Workshops is available on the NEH website.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

IQWST Webinar February 4th 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MST

Looking for ways to shift your instruction with the inception of the new science standards? Come engage in Three Dimensional Learning using IQWST (Investigating And Questioning Our World Through Science And Technology), a program drafted by developers of the K-12 Science Framework and Next Generation Science Standards. 

Don't wait to sign up! Space will be limited to the first 30 registrants!

Sign up for the Webinar taking place Thursday February 4th 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm MST.

AirWaterGas Project Development Program

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
  • Optional credits: 3 credits from University of Colorado (a cost of $210).
During the online course we will consider how air, water, the land, and people are affected by oil and gas development in the Mountain West and how these topics can be included in secondary science classrooms. Each week you’ll hear from a researcher working with the AirWaterGas Project. Science content will be combined with classroom activities, group discussions, and recorded presentations. Each of the six modules in this course will take 8-10 hours to complete and can be done at any time over a 10-day period.

The two-day June workshop allows you to put what you learned in the online course to work, trying out classroom activities, collaborating with fellow educators, and considering how you can bring the science of the oil and gas boom into your classroom. The two-day workshop will be offered twice: June 1-2 in eastern Colorado (Weld County) and June 7-8 in western Colorado.
In this course, you’ll explore:
  • what fracking is and why it’s used in unconventional oil and gas development.
  • how water and air quality can be affected by oil and gas development.
  • the connections between fossil fuels and climate change.
  • where we get energy from and how that might change in the future.
  • how communities and ecosystems are affected by oil and gas development.
  • how researchers are learning more about the tradeoffs involved in oil and gas development - economic, environmental, and social.
Admissions decisions will be made on a rolling basis and the course is limited to 30 teachers, so fill out the application form soon to make sure you get a space. Priority will be given to middle and high school science teachers from areas of the Mountain West that have oil and gas development.