Friday, August 11, 2017

Windsor Charter Academy Teaching Position

Job Opportunity at Windsor Charter Academy teaching an Early College Course in Geography -

Part-time geography teacher for basic college-level geography. Course is taught on campus in Windsor Mondays, Wednesdays and alternating Fridays (they have a block schedule so each class would be about 90 minutes long).

Pay is roughly $50 per contact hour.

Since the course offers direct college credit (not an AP class), instructors must hold a master's degree or higher in geography.

It is a PERA position.

Contact Rebecca Teeples at rebecca.teeples@windsorcharteracademy.org for information.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Integrating the Social Studies Across World History

Enhance your skill in teaching the core concepts and tools from history, geography, economics and civics that are emphasized in Colorado's seventh grade Social Studies Standards. The Program for Teaching East Asia at the University of Colorado, Colorado Geographic Alliance, and the Colorado Council for Economic Education collaborate to bring this day-long workshop to middle school teachers. A subject-area expert will help you understand how each discipline might approach the teaching of World History, using the Silk Road as a common topic. Presentations will blend content and pedagogy and you will leave with sample lessons, resources and ideas for activities, including trade, primary sources, GeoHistoGrams and a look at Silk Road communities in modern times. High school teachers of World History are welcome!

Date & Time: Saturday, September 9th, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: Denver

Register at the Colorado Council for Economic Education website.

Document Based Questions in Geography: Reading and Writing with Evidence

Come join the DBQ Project for an engaging, collaborative day. Learn ways to encourage students to ask more questions about geography, analyze maps, charts and text sources. Acquire skills to help students with speaking and writing clearly; moreover, discover electronic solutions for these challenges. You will leave with a free lesson from the DBQ Project's new Mini-Qs in geography, resources from National Geographic and information about teaching with geospatial technology.

Date & Time: Saturday, September 30th, 9 am to 3 pm

Location: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Check out this flyer for more information. Click here to register.

Integrating the Social Studies Across Colorado History

This day-long workshop emphasizes core concepts and tools from history, geography, economics and civics in Colorado's fourth grade Social Studies Standards. An expert in each subject area will help you understand how each discipline views the world and, more specifically, Colorado. Presentations will blend content and pedagogy and will share resources to take back to your classroom.

Date & Time: Saturday, October 7th, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Location: History Colorado Center in Denver

Register at the History Colorado website.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Gunnison River Teacher Institute

Looking to expand your curriculum? Check out the Gunnison River Teacher Institute Field Based Course offered by Western State Colorado University! 

When: June 19th - 23rd, 8:00am-6:00pm 

Learn how to incorporate rivers into your curriculum, creating relevant context and connections for your students. This five-day, field-based course includes water management, river ecology, fisheries, and geography of the Colorado River Basin.

Rivers are the basis of our Colorado livelihoods and are critical to the future of our students and communities. Our natural affinity to water makes rivers and watersheds a useful and familiar context for cross-disciplinary teaching and learning.

Field experiences include: a visit to the Morrow Point and Blue Mesa dams, Roaring Judy Fish Hatchery tour, Gunnison River ecology field day, and a visit to Coldharbour Institute. The second part of the week incorporates participation in the Colorado Water Workshop conference engaging with water resource professionals from across Colorado.

Participants must register for the Colorado Water Workshop to earn 3 ENVS credits. All meals are included beginning Wednesday at noon; 3 credit course fee of $375; additional $40 course fee plus additional fee of $150 (50% discount) for Colorado Water Workshop. Total cost is $565.

For more information or to register visit: http://www.western.edu/gunnison-river-teacher-institute

Friday, May 26, 2017

Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement Program

Do You Know Your 3 R's? Radiation, Radioactivity, and Radon
  • Use Geiger counters and cloud chambers to 'see' ionizing radiation in our environment. 
  • Explore basic concepts of radioactivity (nuclear emissions, half-life, decay series). 
  • Take home the curriculum of 15 activities (plus resources appropriate for Grades 5-12 and beyond) 
  • Borrow Teacher Resources kits to use (Geiger counter, cloud chamber, radioactive sources, plus more) 
Course Number: CT-9898-17D
Credit: 1.00 semester credit hours
Location: CSM campus & Denver Federal Center
Date: June 27-29
Time: June 27-28 (8:00am-5:00pm), June 29 (9:00am-12:00pm)

Fees Tuition Fee: $55.00

Check out the class schedule -

Tuesday, June 27th

8:00am Welcome; Introduction of 3R’s/A Brief look at the Curriculum

UNIT 1: WHAT IS RADIATION?
  • 8:15am 1-1, Have You Ever Been Exposed to Radiation? 
  • 8:30 1-2, Electromagnetic Radiation Spectrum 
  • 8:50 1-3, What Are the Sources of Ionizing Radiation? 
  • 10:00 A Little History of Ionizing Radiation 
  • 10:30 Break 
  • 10:45 Info:α, β, & γ 
  • 11:00 1-4, I Can See Clearly Now! 
  • 11:45 Lunch 
  • 12:45pm 1-5, Keep Your Distance! 
  • 2:00 1-6, Shields Up! 
  • 2:45 Break 
UNIT 2: WHAT IS RADIOACTIVITY?
  • 3:00 ‘A is for Atom’ 
  • 3:15 2-1, Do You Know Where Your Children Are? 
  • 4:15 Follow-up: Decay Series 
Wednesday, June 28th
  • 8:00am Decay Series Review 
  • 8:15 2-2, Time After Time 
  • 8:45 Info: Uranium chemistry 
  • 9:00 2-3, Radioactivity in Earth 
  • 9:15 2-4, Radioactivity in Water 
  • 9:30 2-5, What is Your Personal Ionizing Radiation Dose? 
  • 10:00 Follow-up: Units; Safety & Ionizing Radiation (Tom Lehrer, too) 
  • 10:30 Break 
UNIT 3: WHAT IS RADON?
  • 10:45 3-1, Life Goes On! 
  • 11:00 Info: Radon and RDP; Equilibrium and Working Level 
  • 11:30 Radon: The Invisible Killer 
  • 11:45 Lunch 
  • 12:45pm 3-2, Radon in Your Lungs 
  • 1:30 Follow-up: Epidemiology 
  • 2:00 Hexaflexagons 
  • 2:30 Break 
  • 2:45 Info: Radon Entry, Watras.... 
  • 3:00 3-3, Radon: An “Uninvited” Guest 
  • 3:30 Radon: The Invisible Killer 
  • 3:45 3-4, Trivia Challenge 
  • 4:00 Brainstorming use of curriculum and kits 
  • 4:15 Course evaluations, Graduation 
Thursday, June 29th - 9:00am-12:00pm Field Trip - Denver Federal Center Nuclear Reactor

Register early since the class is limited to the first 15 participants. Contact Chris Nichols for course information or questions: cnichols@ecentral.com or 303-674-6477.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Teacher Development Workshop

Interested in learning how to teach creatively about climate change?

CIRES Education Outreach group in collaboration with Inside the Greenhouse and the Colorado Film School, is hosting a 7.5-hour or 15-hour teacher professional development workshop on June 9th at the University of Colorado Boulder. The one-day, 7.5-credit, hands-on workshop will cover how to teach climate science creatively using technology and provide resources for classroom implementation. These strategies link the sciences and the arts through societally important topics, as attendees learn technical skills and topic context. The additional 7.5 credit hours can be earned by producing a short video or other media product about a climate or environmental science topic after the workshop.

This workshop combines tested classroom practices from the NSF-funded Lens on Climate Change project, which has engaged Colorado middle and high school students in climate through filmmaking and the CU Boulder based Inside the Greenhouse course series.

This workshop is intended for middle and high school science, art, and technology teachers. The curricula are aligned to specific Colorado standards in the Life Sciences, Earth Sciences, and Visual Arts. They welcome interested and passionate teachers who want to bridge their expertise with their colleagues’ to create wide-ranging educational experiences.

They are providing many resources that will support implementation in the classroom.

To apply for this workshop, please visit: https://cires.colorado.edu/outreach/LOCC/training

Teacher Professional development credit is coordinated through University of Colorado Boulder’s Science Discovery Program. If you are interested in earning graduate level credit please indicate this on the application form.