Monday, September 19, 2016

PolarTREC Field Research

PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which K-12 teachers spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the polar regions. 

The goal of PolarTREC is to invigorate polar science education and understanding by bringing K-12 educators and polar researchers together.

The main components of PolarTREC Include:
  • provide hands-on field research experiences that are implemented in the polar regions;
  • broadly disseminate teacher experiences to students, professionals, and the public;
  • develop a sustainable learning community; and
  • provide clear and appropriate measures of project success.

The core of the PolarTREC program is the field research experience, whereby PolarTREC teachers participate in field research in the Arctic or Antarctic for three to six weeks. Selected research projects represent the leading edge of scientific inquiry and include the K-12 teacher as an integral part of the science team.

The 2017-2018 Application Period is now open. The application deadline is Monday, 10 October 2016.

For more information, visit

Monday, September 12, 2016

Scholarships for K-12 Geography Educators

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Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest + Machu Picchu 

The July 1-11, 2017 Educator Academy in the Amazon Rainforest of Peru is a cross-curricular professional development workshop for K-12 formal and informal educators to learn and use:
  • 21st Century Instruction: 5E Lesson Design ~ Inquiry-Based Exploration ~ STEM
  • Inquiry Protocols & Resources: Project Learning Tree ~ Cornell Lab of Ornithology ~ & More!
  • Global and Cultural Perspectives: Service Learning ~ Sustainability ~ Global Education
Join Al Stenstrup, Project Learning Tree; Dr. Nancy Trautmann, Cornell Lab of Ornithology; Dr. David Pearson, Wildlife Travellers’ Guide to Peru; along with scientists Dr. Steve Madigosky, Widener University; and Randy Morgan, Curator/Entomologist, Cincinnati Zoo as you:
  • Participate in citizen science projects and inquiry based field studies on a 1/4-mile Rainforest Canopy Walkway in one of the most biologically diverse environments on the planet.
  • Spend a day in an Amazon village as you explore the complexities of sustainability and the role of education in creating a sustainable future for Amazon children.
  • Work with fellow educators to explore strategies for using the Amazon as a vehicle for incorporating STEM education, inquiry-based learning, and sustainability science education into your classroom.
PLT Certification, BirdSleuth resources and 50 Arizona State University PD Hours included. Academic Credit and Machu Picchu Extension optional. $1000 scholarship deadline February 1, 2017. With a scholarship, Academy program fees are $1395 + air. Space is limited - Register early to secure your spot!

Get the details and download a syllabus and scholarship application at:

Contact or 1-800-431-2624 for more information.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Settling the West: High Altitude Ranching

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Settling the West: High Altitude Ranching – TPS Teacher Workshop
September 24-25 

Join Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at MSU Denver, Colorado Encyclopedia, and History Colorado for a two-day workshop surrounding Hutchinson Homestead primary sources.

  • Use primary sources and the Hutchinson Homestead and Learning Center to learn about high country ranching, homesteading, historic preservation, and Central Colorado in this hands-on workshop which will immerse you in the history of our state.
  • Explore this 148-year old historic homestead to explore themes of literacy, STEM, and social studies.
  • Take home a wealth of strategies for use in the classroom which will help meet Colorado academic standards.
Light Lunch is included each day. Certificates of participation and contact hours will be available.

Program Details:
Time: Saturday 9am-5pm; Sunday 8am-4pm
Location: Hutchinson Homestead & Learning Center, 8913 W. Hwy 50, Salida
Cost: $25

Space is Limited – Pre-registration required. Registration Deadline is Thursday, Sept. 22

To register, click HERE!

For more information contact Andrea Coen: 719-239-0955 or

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Colorado Science EdCamp

Colorado Science EdCamp

As the popularity of EdCamps has been growing over the past few years, EdCamp felt the need to provide an opportunity for discussion, lesson sharing, and inquiry specifically around science education. They are hoping to attract a diverse group of science educators from around Colorado. They are creating an environment that will foster an open relationship between these educators, and begin a dialogue about science teaching. This will be a great opportunity to share resources and expertise with colleagues from various fields.

On October 29, 2016, the first ever Colorado Science EdCamp will occur at Ralston Valley High School, in Arvada, CO. EdCamp, also called an “unconference,” is free, and provides a space for educators to share instructional strategies, technologies, and philosophies to transform education for all students.

Sessions are planned that day based on participants needs and expertise, and attendance is based on the “law of two feet:” if a session is not meeting your needs, you may move to another session.

For more information about the basic tenets of EdCamp click HERE!

Monday, September 5, 2016

The Colorado Alliance Environmental Education Certificate

Certification for Environmental Education


Building and demonstrating strong foundations in environmental literacy?
Positioning yourself for success within the environmental education profession?
Helping to build a network of highly qualified environmental educators in Colorado?
Personalizing and tailoring your own professional development?


The certification program sets specific standards of knowledge, skills, and experience that highly qualified Environmental Educators in Colorado should be able to demonstrate. It is a competency based program - one where the applicant will demonstrate what they know and can do by building a portfolio. The competencies for Certification are based on the NAAEE Guidelines for Excellence in Environmental Education and Colorado Guidelines for Environmental Educators. You can build your portfolio individually, at your own pace or participate in CAEE's online course.

Whether you are new to the field or have years of experience, the certification program can help you grow as an environmental educator. There are two levels of certification and the portfolio requirement allows you to submit work that is relevant to you.



Saturday, September 3, 2016

Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: National Academy for Civics and Government

Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: National Academy for Civics and Government

The Center for Civic Education is delighted to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities has made a grant that will allow the Center to offer a three-week NEH Summer Institute in the summer of 2017 entitled Political and Constitutional Theory for Citizens: The National Academy for Civics and Government. 

The Institute will be held in Los Angeles July 8–29, 2017, and the academic director is Will Harris. It will be open to educators from public and private high schools, middle schools, and upper elementary schools. The Institute, through a grant provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, will provide 25 Americans and up to five international educators the opportunity to engage in serious study and seminar-style discussion of basic ideas of political theory, the principles of the founding of the Constitution of the United States, and the values of American constitutional democracy. 

Applications will be available on the Center’s website ( in late fall.

For information please contact John Hale at

The Civic Canopy
Colorado We the People, Project Citizen, I-Civics Programs
303.321.3411 (c) 303.908.8482

Monday, August 29, 2016

2016 APEX Awards

Colorado Technology Association is hosting the APEX Awards! 

Date: November 9th, 2016.
Time: 5PM-9PM
Location: 14th Street & Curtis Street, Denver, CO

The APEX Awards recognize Colorado’s technology excellence, highlighting remarkable leaders and innovators. Since 2001, the Colorado Technology Association has hosted this prestigious event bringing together the community and celebrating the exceptional people, companies and accomplishments of the year.

CTA is looking for nominations for the Educator of the Year award. If you would like to nominate an Educator please go to

Submit your nominations by September 2nd and catch up on 2015 APEX Awards to get excited for the big night!

Prior winners include:
2015 Denise Gardiner, Pine Creek High School – Colorado Springs
2014 Richard Guenther from Skyline High School
2013 Scott Schankweiler Mountain Range High School, Adams 12 School District
2012 Debbie Richards, Evergreen Middle School & Debbie Tawzer, Legend High School