Teaching Controversial Topics Workshop ~ Saturday August 27, 2016

For the past nine years, graduate students and faculty members from the University of Colorado, as well as educators from local schools, have come together to present new information from different fields of biology covering a range of controversial topics.  Some of the presentations  will walk through a summary of the science in each field and go over methods for incorporating current research into the classroom, while others will take the format of a discussion, such as examining the roles of science and controversy in education and society.  Previous topics have included:

-Philosophy of Science         -Evolution & systematics             -Medicine & Emerging Infectious Diseases

-Climate Change             -Intelligent Design            -Conservation Biology

-Population genetics                 -Sexual Selection                     -Agriculture & Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's)

This 8-hour workshop is worth 0.5 credit hours through the Colorado School of Mines Teacher Enhancement Program for $40.00.  Attendance at the workshop is free for those who do not wish to receive credits.  Did you attend last year?  Don’t worry!  All material is new and you may obtain credit again.  Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided courtesy of donations from area vendors.   Please contact us at cu.eeb.eoc@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP. 

For more information, please see the 2016 Workshop Flyer


This workshop is designed to enhance the teaching of controversial science topics, such as climate change and evolution in Colorado high schools by providing teachers with up-to-date information and sample classroom activities based on real research. Attendees choose between two modules during each of four sessions, in addition to opening and closing lectures. The diversity of modules reflects the breadth of contemporary research in controversial science topics. All lectures and modules are taught by University of Colorado graduate students and professors who conduct research in a diversity of fields including ecology, evolution, museum studies and philosophy. Information about the speakers and their research can be found at www.colorado.edu/eeb. Module topics are subject to change.


Attendance at this workshop is free. However, to receive teacher enhancement credit, attendees must submit payment of $40.00 at registration. See below.


Registration will begin at 8:00 am in the foyer of C250 in Ramaley on the CU Boulder campus. Please come prepared to sign up for which sessions you will attend and bring payment and personal information to sign up for professional credit.

Professional Credit

Professional credit consisting of 0.5 hrs will be offered through the K-12 Teacher Enhancement Program at the Colorado School of Mines. The cost for receiving credit is $40.00 payable by check to the Colorado School of Mines. Paperwork for receiving credit can be filled out during registration. Attendees seeking professional credit will receive a grade for attendance.


Breakfast snacks, coffee, tea, afternoon snacks, and lunch will be provided. All food will be in the foyer of Ramaley in front of room C250.

Parking & Transportation

Parking is available in CU metered lots on Euclid and Regent. The following link contains information about where to park on campus.


Free parking is also available in the Boulder High School parking lots, directly north of campus, and in the Goss-Grove neighborhood near Naropa and Family Housing. Buses arrive at the University Memorial Center every 5-30 minutes. Information can be found at http://www.rtd-denver.com/

Campus Map

All sessions will take place in Ramaley. Ramaley is located by Norlin Library and the Student Rec Center. http://www.colorado.edu/campusmap/map.pdf . All sessions will be held in rooms C250, N1B23, C151 or C147 in Ramaley. Signs will direct participants to the different classrooms.

Schedule (subject to change)

coming soon


posted Mar 1, 2012, 4:44 PM by Evolution Outreach Committee Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology   [ updated Mar 1, 2012, 4:45 PM ]

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