Upcoming events

    • 24 Jun 2021
    • 8:00 AM (MDT)
    • 25 Jun 2021
    • 4:00 PM (MDT)

    Explore Before Explain Pt 2 with Pat Brown

    Grades K - 8

    Thursday and Friday, June 24 & 25 from 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
    Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m.–noon

    Led by educator & author Pat Brown, Explore Before Explain is a one-stop professional development that will inspire you to reimagine how you teach. This session shows how simple shifts in the way you arrange and combine activities will help students construct knowledge, while allowing you to prepare for the revised Colorado Science Standards and put them into practice. 

    (No prerequisite course required. Educators who took Part 1 in a previous summer can take this for credit also.) 


    • 28 Jun 2021
    • 9:00 AM (MDT)
    • 01 Jul 2021
    • 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Denver Museum of Nature and Science

    Blended On-Line Course - Argumentation: The Language of Inquiry

    Grades K - 12

    Summer Synchronous (6 mornings)
    Monday–Thursday, June 28–July 1, 2021 (9 a.m.–noon)
    Tuesday–Wednesday, July 6–7, 2021 (9 a.m.–noon)

    6 Week Asynchronous Classroom Implementation
    September 6 -October 17, 2021

    Fall Synchronous (at Museum for locals)
    Saturday, October 16, 2021 (8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.)


    Discover new ways to get all learners in your classroom excited about the “sense-making” part of their investigations, simulations and labs. During this on-line and face-to-face course, you will learn-by-doing practical strategies to enrich and motivate your students’ discourse, writing and reading. Have fun as you observe, practice, plan and implement research-based strategies that support all learners.

    • 20 Jul 2021
    • (MDT)

    Summer 2021 Field Seminars


    Field Day Dates: July 20, 27, August 3, and an Overnight option
    Register for one or register for all four!
    For K-12 grade educators.

    Recreate and Rejuvenate your soul by spending a few beautiful days in the mountains learning with colleagues. Help your students to better understand environmental issues and how to become environmental citizens. This summer, in place of our traditional annual three-day summer course for teachers, we are offering three one-day field seminars in beautiful Rocky Mountain National Park.  An optional overnight camping experience with astronomy is available.  

    • 04 Aug 2021
    • (MDT)
    • Virtual

    The 2021 Northern Colorado Science Implementation Institute is a collaborative effort between the Colorado Department of Education (CDE), the Colorado Science Education Network (CSEN), and the Colorado Association of Science Teachers (CAST) to support districts, schools, and teachers across the state in their transition to the new Colorado Standards for Science. We are partnering with surrounding districts to support this one-day learning experience.

    At the implementation institutes, teachers and educators will deepen their understanding of the new science standards through interactive and engaging day-long virtual sessions led by expert facilitators. Participants can join one of three learning groups for the day, each one tailored to support different levels of experience with the standards. Participants can select from one of the following strands when registering:

    • Strand 1: Unpacking the CAS Science Standards - Using aligned tools and resources, we will unpack the revised science standards consider the shifts in instruction through an immersive learning experience. Great session for beginners!
    • Strand 2: Teaching in Three-Dimensions - For those who have completed an introduction to the standards, and who would like to deepen their experience applying the standards in their classroom practice. Led by National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
    • Strand 3: Exploring 3D Classroom Assessment with CAS Science Standards - For those who have a deep understanding of the standards, and or teachers that lead professional learning communities in their schools or for their districts, this session will be a deep dive into aligned three-dimensional classroom assessment.

    Registration is capped at 150 educators per institute. Participating educators will be eligible to receive up to 8 hours towards recertification, and have the opportunity to network with peers and gain resources to support their work. Educators will need to complete the survey and a learning reflection to receive credit. For questions, please contact, CDE Science Content Specialist, Maya M. Garcia via email at Garcia_Maya@cde.state.co.us.

    Register here: https://sites.google.com/view/2021-cosci/home

Past events

19 Jun 2021 CAST Board and Active Members Meeting
15 Jun 2021 Denver Institute
11 Jun 2021 Eastern Institute
04 Jun 2021 Southern Institute
08 Apr 2021 EleSTEMary (register at elestemary.org)
13 Mar 2021 DMNS: Scientific Models: Build engagement and deeper sense-making
11 Mar 2021 EleSTEMary (register at elestemary.org)
10 Mar 2021 DMNS: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim and Ana
06 Mar 2021 DMNS: Scientific Models: Build engagement and deeper sense-making
03 Mar 2021 DMNS: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim and Ana
24 Feb 2021 DMNS: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim and Ana
17 Feb 2021 DMNS: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim and Ana
11 Feb 2021 EleSTEMary (register at elestemary.org)
10 Feb 2021 DMNS: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim and Ana
06 Feb 2021 DMNS: Exploring New Worlds In Learning: Best Practices in Remote Teaching
03 Feb 2021 DMNS: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim and Ana
27 Jan 2021 DMNS: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim and Ana
20 Jan 2021 DMNS: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim and Ana
14 Jan 2021 DMNS: Incorporating LabXChange Resources Into Your Lesson Storylines
14 Jan 2021 EleSTEMary (register at elestemary.org)
13 Jan 2021 DMNS: Tools @ Tea Time with Tim and Ana
09 Jan 2021 DMNS: Exploring New Worlds In Learning: Best Practices in Remote Teaching
15 Dec 2020 Tools @ Tea Time
10 Dec 2020 EleSTEMary (register at elestemary.org)
08 Dec 2020 Tools @ Tea Time
01 Dec 2020 Tools @ Tea Time
17 Nov 2020 Tools @ Tea Time
14 Nov 2020 2020 Colorado Science Conference
12 Nov 2020 EleSTEMary (register at elestemary.org)
08 Oct 2020 EleSTEMary (register at elestemary.org)
10 Sep 2020 EleSTEMary (register at elestemary.org)
13 Aug 2020 EleSTEMary (Register at elestemary.org)
27 Jul 2020 NSTA's STEM20: Virtual Event
18 Jun 2020 IMPROVING ELEMENTARY SCIENCE, Equipping Students Through Inquiry and Integration
15 Jun 2020 Explore Before Explain: A Practical and Fun Approach Towards NGSS
18 Apr 2020 Building A Culture of Argumentation
02 Apr 2020 NSTA National Conference
08 Nov 2019 CAST BOARD MEETING
08 Nov 2019 COLORADO SCIENCE CONFERENCE

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