Professional Development Opportunities

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Physics Teaching Sharathon with Brian Jones & the Little Shop of Physics

@ CSU, TBD | April 26, 2018 | 12:00-3p | Course # 15651 (2nd of 2 dates) | Sub Code 234

Join us for an afternoon of sharing ideas and best practices with fellow physics teachers. Everyone should bring one (or more!) idea to share—a homework problem, a demonstration, a teaching technique, a lab experiment, an inquiry activity. The Little Shop of Physics crew will share ideas, as well as Brian Jones, co-author of the physics textbook.

MONDAY, June 4th, 2018

Field Research with EdTech Tools

Discover and Play! Learn how to use edtech tools in the field. We will use various science probes, cameras, virtual reality cameras and more to complete field research activities at Lory State Park. Join us and create a virtual field trip or think of ways you can engage students with the outdoors and technology!

Instructors: Laura Grissom and Kevin Murray

Elementary Astronomy Workshop

Participants will learn best practices for technology integration that supports standards based astronomy instruction at the elementary grade levels. Additionally, we will learn how to check out, set up, and use the StarLab inflatable planetarium that is available for checkout through the library system.

Instructors: Kristy Bibbey & Adam McBride

TUESDAY, June 5th, 2018

Gizmos Science Simulations - ELEMENTARY

This workshop is designed to prepare teachers to use Gizmos online science simulations in their classrooms. The course introduces the major features and functions of the Gizmos website and shows teachers how Gizmos can look in their classrooms. In the morning, a Gizmos instructor models a lesson. In the afternoon, teachers will use this information to begin planning exemplary lessons with Gizmos for their students.

Instructors: Laura Grissom and Kevin Murray

Secondary Science Curriculum & Assessment Development

Collaborate with science colleagues from across Poudre School District to design lessons plans using resources available from the checkout system, edit common assessments, or plan for future units.

Instructors: Laura Grissom and Kevin Murray

Inspiring Civic Engagement through STEM

Teaching is all about preparing students for the future. Prepare your students to be engaged global and local citizens through this interactive session on place-based STEM education.

Join us for a unique opportunity to explore the outdoors and get a behind-the-scenes look at how water and energy intersects with your life through exclusive tours of City facilities and more! You’ll leave with extension activities (like experiments and games) that strengthen the connections between your students and their local natural resources.

This session is for teachers of all grade levels. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit all-new facilities and learn about using local water and energy resources to meet state standards and talk about important topics like climate and conservation!

Instructors: Alyssa Stevens, Fort Collins Utilities

WEDNESDAY, June 6th, 2018

Gizmos Science Simulations - SECONDARY

Teaching Scientific Inquiry with Gizmos prepares teachers to use the inquiry process and Gizmos to support the development of deeper student understanding of important science concepts. In the morning a Gizmos instructor will model practices for teaching with Gizmos in science, demonstrating a progression of inquiry that develops students' scientific inquiry skills. Teachers will utilize inquiry methods of instruction, which encourage students to ask questions, make observations, and construct reasonable explanations. In the afternoon, teachers will have time to plan future lessons individually or in groups for use with students.

Instructors: Laura Grissom and Kevin Murray

Community Action and Problem-Based Learning in Science

Day 1 of 2

Do you want your students to be effective community problem solvers? Join Earth Force to learn about the six step inquiry-based problem solving process that integrates with your classroom teaching. Learn how Earth Force combines STEM learning, civic engagement, research skills and criteria-based decision-making to develop student voice and skills in addressing local environmental issues.

Day two teachers will begin planning on how to incorporate the six step process into existing curriculum and discuss the Rocky Mountain Environmental Challenge (RMEC). The RMEC is an exciting opportunity for teachers to involve students in an inspiring and locally-based educational challenge that incorporates collaborative problem-solving, and community action to address natural hazards, specifically flood issues.

*5th Grade teachers take this planning a step farther by attending "Incorporating Community Action and Problem Solving into EcoWeek".

Instructors: Earth Force

THURSDAY, June 7th, 2018

Fresh from the Garden

Do you have a learning garden at your site or have you sprouted seeds with your students and would like to dig deeper into integrating gardening into cross curricular learning? Get your hands dirty with the educators from Big Green by exploring the NGSS connections to planting, mulching, watering, fertilizing, & harvesting real food. Bring student learning full circle through Garden Bites hands-on health and nutrition education by utilizing the seasons of the garden. Get ready to grow a healthy learning culture with the students at your school! Please wear clothes/shoes that can get dirty & bring water and sunscreen.

Instructors: Josh McGuire

Incorporating Problem-Based Learning into Eco Week

Learn how the Earth Force Community Action and Problem Solving six step Process can enhance and expand your ECO-Week activities to develop in your students a strong sense of stewardship for the community and natural environment and develop their skills as civically engaged problem solvers. Teachers will collaborate to develop a problem-based set of activities aligned with science standards to integrate the Process with ECO Week.

Instructors: Laura Grissom and Earth Force

Community Action and Problem-Based Learning in Science

Day 2 of 2

Do you want your students to be effective community problem solvers? Join Earth Force to learn about the six step inquiry-based problem solving process that integrates with your classroom teaching. Learn how Earth Force combines STEM learning, civic engagement, research skills and criteria-based decision-making to develop student voice and skills in addressing local environmental issues.

Day two teachers will begin planning on how to incorporate the six step process into existing curriculum and discuss the Rocky Mountain Environmental Challenge (RMEC). The RMEC is an exciting opportunity for teachers to involve students in an inspiring and locally-based educational challenge that incorporates collaborative problem-solving, and community action to address natural hazards, specifically flood issues.

*5th Grade teachers take this planning a step farther by attending "Incorporating Community Action and Problem Solving into EcoWeek".

Instructors: Earth Force

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Digital Storytelling in Science

Explore innovative ways for students to demonstrate understanding of scientific concepts. Digital Storytelling engages your students in higher levels of critical thinking as they create movies to show their level of understanding around concepts in science. In this course, a Discovery Education Specialist helps participants learn to combine text, images, audio and video to tell stories that make scientific concepts stick. Participants create simple to complex digital stories as they explore the art of digital storytelling ant the ways it can be used in an inquiry-driven lesson.

Instructors: Christi Roberts, Discovery Education

MONDAY, June 11th, 2018

Get Outside! Tools for Successful Outdoor Science Education -

Day 1 of 3

Come explore the opportunities for getting your students outside with local stakeholders who are passionate about outdoor education! Professional Environmental Educators will share their resources to help teachers provide enriching and exciting outdoor education opportunities for their students. Participate in outdoor field trips and learn the benefits of outdoor education, see examples of lessons and activities you can do with your students, and learn teaching tips and tricks for getting students outside, whether in the schoolyard or on a field trip. Teachers serve as family mentors, so we will also provide information about local opportunities for family recreation, and fun activities that families can do together to explore the natural world. A resource guide of local environmental education providers and the standards-based content they offer for each grade level will be provided. Come experience the joy of taking students on an outdoor learning adventure!

Instructors: Whitney Pasquesi, City of Fort Collins

Citizen Scientists

(Day 1 of 2)

Whether you are just getting your feet wet with citizen science or are ready to analyze data in your classroom, this class will provide for authentic classroom investigations. Involving your students in citizen science can provide the opportunity to collaborate with professional scientists on real-world problems by gathering and analyzing data through hands-on research. In this class, you’ll learn how citizen science fits into classroom learning time, how to select citizen science activities for your students and your program, and how to prepare for a citizen science project. We will participate in a local project with the Cat Conservancy by collecting data from wildlife cameras. Discover how citizen scientist projects transform your students into research scientists and revolutionize the way they think about, discuss, and do science.

Instructors: DeeDee Wright

TUESDAY, June 12th, 2018

Science Field Trips - AM Session

CSU Energy Institute & Powerhouse Campus

Tour the innovative Energy Institute research facility that houses a diverse array of projects related to energy from electric grids to biofuels. The CSU Powerhouse Energy Campus is a state-of-the-art green building and hub of energy innovation right here in Fort Collins. After being introduced to many of the current research projects, teachers will discuss how the Energy Institute might inspire and support innovation in their classroom.

Instructors: Laura Grissom and Kevin Murray

Science Field Trips - PM Session

CSU Veterinary Hospital

Tour CSU’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital to get a behind the scene look at zoological medicine. Learn about current research, polar bear stem cell treatment, equine reproduction, and small animal services. After hearing about innovative veterinary techniques, teachers will discuss how the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital might inspire and support content connections in their classroom.

Instructors: Laura Grissom and Kevin Murray

Get Outside! Tools for Successful Outdoor Science Education -

Day2 of 3

Come explore the opportunities for getting your students outside with local stakeholders who are passionate about outdoor education! Professional Environmental Educators will share their resources to help teachers provide enriching and exciting outdoor education opportunities for their students. Participate in outdoor field trips and learn the benefits of outdoor education, see examples of lessons and activities you can do with your students, and learn teaching tips and tricks for getting students outside, whether in the schoolyard or on a field trip. Teachers serve as family mentors, so we will also provide information about local opportunities for family recreation, and fun activities that families can do together to explore the natural world. A resource guide of local environmental education providers and the standards-based content they offer for each grade level will be provided. Come experience the joy of taking students on an outdoor learning adventure!

Instructors: Whitney Pasquesi, City of Fort Collins

Citizen Scientists

(Day 2 of 2)

Whether you are just getting your feet wet with citizen science or are ready to analyze data in your classroom, this class will provide for authentic classroom investigations. Involving your students in citizen science can provide the opportunity to collaborate with professional scientists on real-world problems by gathering and analyzing data through hands-on research. In this class, you’ll learn how citizen science fits into classroom learning time, how to select citizen science activities for your students and your program, and how to prepare for a citizen science project. We will participate in a local project with the Cat Conservancy by collecting data from wildlife cameras. Discover how citizen scientist projects transform your students into research scientists and revolutionize the way they think about, discuss, and do science.

Instructors: DeeDee Wright

WEDNESDAY, June 13th, 2018

Science Field Trips - AM Session

National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Travel to Golden, Colorado and visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). During this field trip you will receive more information about NREL, renewable energy and how to tie scientific research into your curriculum. This field trip serves as a model for one you could recreate with students. This is a half day field trip, participants will be responsible for transportation and carpooling will be discussed. Participants will be create a virtual field trip to document their experience.

Instructors: Laura Grissom and Kevin Murray

Science Field Trips - PM Session

Aleph Objects - Lulzbot 3D Printers

We will travel to Aleph Objects, makers of Lulzbot 3D Printers in Loveland, CO. Discover how 3D printers are made, establish local business connections and collaborate with colleagues to design curriculum using 3D Printing. This field trip serves as a model for one that could be recreated with students. Participants will be responsible for transportation and carpooling will be discussed before class.

Instructors: Laura Grissom and Kevin Murray

Get Outside! Tools for Successful Outdoor Science Education -

Day 3 of 3

Come explore the opportunities for getting your students outside with local stakeholders who are passionate about outdoor education! Professional Environmental Educators will share their resources to help teachers provide enriching and exciting outdoor education opportunities for their students. Participate in outdoor field trips and learn the benefits of outdoor education, see examples of lessons and activities you can do with your students, and learn teaching tips and tricks for getting students outside, whether in the schoolyard or on a field trip. Teachers serve as family mentors, so we will also provide information about local opportunities for family recreation, and fun activities that families can do together to explore the natural world. A resource guide of local environmental education providers and the standards-based content they offer for each grade level will be provided. Come experience the joy of taking students on an outdoor learning adventure!

Instructors: Whitney Pasquesi, City of Fort Collins