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Science Education Updates and Events:
- Upcoming Educator Events and Student Opportunities:
Attend the B.E.S.T (BIPOC Educational STEM Thinkers) Conference, presented by the Public Education and Business Coalition (PEBC), on June 29-30 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Access more information and register here.
- Colorado State University Science Fair April 11-13
- NSELA Conference: March 20, 2024 in Denver
- NSTA Conference: March 20-23, 2024 in Denver (CSC cancelled this year)
- Student Opportunity in Veterinary Medicine: a contingent of professionals in shelter medicine, animal clinics, hospitals, veterinary associations and foundations have come together over the last six months with the purpose of bringing opportunities to students to learn about and generally be exposed to the different pathways in veterinary medicine. For more information please contact Emily Berger at Emily.firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Science Standards revision will take place in the Spring of 2025
- Professional Learning Opportunities:
The Academy of Charter Schools, in association with the American Modeling Teachers Association, is offering a 2-week workshop on Chemistry Modeling Instruction this summer in Westminster, CO. The opportunity spans June 17 - 28 with hours on Mon - Thurs from 8:00 - 3:30 and Friday hours from 8:00 - noon. There is a limit to 20 registrants. Workshop includes a one-year AMTA membership that provides a supportive community, classroom materials, and more! This workshop is beneficial to new and veteran teachers alike. Here is the link for more information and registration. If your school is low on funding, apply for a scholarship by February 29 here. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Smith at email@example.com.
UCAR Center for Science Education provides in-person and virtual professional learning options for teachers that begin in April. Learn more and register here.
American Society of Metals Materials Camp at Eaglecrest High School in Aurora, CO on July 15-19. This is a free professional learning opportunity for high school teachers. CEUs and graduate credits are availabile.
- TERC Climate and Equity Institute is seeking 12 teachers for this program taking place in Maine from July 21-July 27. Application is accessible here and is due March 4.
Check out AI 101 for Teachers – that Code.org co-launched alongside ETS, Khan Academy and ISTE. The program is a free, foundational online learning series for any teacher and educator interested in AI and its transformative potential in education.
- Denver Zoo is thrilled to be launching three new Teacher Professional Development courses designed to fill you with conservation inspiration...so you’ll be ready to engage your students in the fall. Want more information? Contact us at DZEducation@denverzoo.org.
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife Starting in August Virtual, free interactive virtual programs for K-12 classes. About: Virtual program topics will include adaptations, mapping, and ecosystems. Colorado Parks and Wildlife will provide a zoom link and printouts. Additional information will be provided after signing up. Sign-up Here
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The revised Colorado Academic Standards for Science reflect a new vision for science education that connects scientific knowledge, in authentic ways, to real-world problem solving and innovation. The standards forefront scientific practices that go beyond the inquiry process to arrive at justifiable rationales for interpretations of phenomena.
Article IX, Section 16 of Colorado's constitution states, "Neither the general assembly nor the state board of education shall have power to prescribe textbooks to be used in the public schools." However, CDE can still serve as an advisor to help districts and schools adopt, adapt, develop, or use the materials of their choice.
Colorado's 2020 Science Standards support a three-dimensional model of science teaching and learning. Instructional support is grounded in CDE's shared approach to Best, First Instruction and strategies supported by professional organizations and scholars.
There are many opportunities to connect and grow as a professional educator with the larger science education community, including mailing lists, professional organizations, awards and grants, and events.
Learn more about CMAS Science here.
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