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  • 17 Aug 2021 8:09 PM | Sandra Smith (Administrator)

    Hi CAST Members 

    This is Sandy Smith, your CAST treasurer. I live and work in Region II - in Colorado Springs. After retiring in 2014 from full time work, I now am working part-time only for the Falcon Homeschool program in D49 (on the eastern edge of Colorado Springs). I am thrilled to share that I have started school already and am pretty jazzed about the upcoming year. Why? Well, I had the fortune of attending a number of exceptional professional development opportunities this summer. Each of them contributed to a general feeling of being excited to try out some of the resources and strategies to improve science learning for my students.


    • Data Puzzles: Analyze Authentic Data with Inquiry Practices - June 3&4, 2021 (Virtual)

                Organized and facilitated by CIRES and the Mountain Studies Institute

    • MOSAiC Expedition Teacher Workshop: Arctic Feedbacks - June 29&30, 2021 (Virtual) 

                Also organized and facilitated by CIRES and the Mountain Studies Institute

    • Pikes Peak Science Implementation Institute - July 13, 2021 (Virtual)

    Colorado DOE / NSTA Making Sense of 3D Learning Workshop 

    Maybe some of YOU were fortunate enough to be part of these or other valuable PD experiences? If so, GREAT. I hope that you are just as excited to share what you learned with your students and maybe even some of your colleagues. If not, I hope that some really meaningful and impactful professional development is in your future. Either way, please consider joining us at this year’s Colorado Science Conference. 


    The Colorado Science Conference is being held virtually on Saturday, November 6th from 9 am to 4 pm. 


    Please check it out at this link:  Colorado Science Conference

    And register at this link: Colorado Science Conference Registration 


    If you happen to live and work in the Pikes Peak Region, consider joining us for a second day of our Pikes Peak Colorado Science Standards Implementation Institute - in person - on September 25th. We will be at Doolittle Hall on the USAFA from 7:45 - 3:30. Please check out the event at this link: Pikes Peak Implementation Institute - Next Steps


    I hope that your school start goes smoothly and that you have a really great year teaching science !


    Sandy Smith 



  • 24 Jun 2021 10:57 AM | DeLene Hoffner (Administrator)

    June 2021 Board RamblingColorado Science NEWS & Dates to Save.

     We hope your summer is off to a wonderful start. What a school year we have had! Many of you are still busy as you attend PD classes, teach summer school, and more!  Take time to rejuvenate!  We wish you a happy summer.  We have a lot happening in Colorado Science.  Check out the latest!

    CAST welcomes new board members…

    Kristina Stem, Region 1 - Elementary Director

     Megan Caraway, Region II - Secondary Director 

     Heidi Ragsdale, Region III - College / Informal Director

    Thank you to our members for their votes! Thank you to all our members and science educators for your dedication to your students.  You make a difference in the lives of so many! Please share our website with your colleagues so they can join our organization as well.

    Pikes Peak TEN through Colorado Parks and Wildlife will be hosting a mini class July 8-9 at the Catamount Center, outside of Woodland Park. The theme of this class is "Things are Looking Up." Topics that will be covered include drones in natural resources, finding your way with GPS, bats of Colorado, and searching for stars. The second day will be spent exploring the forest by looking closer to what is around us. Both days will have discussions on how nature can be a tool to help students’ attitudes “look up”.  If you are interested, please use this address, https://forms.gle/AHERmPE1xKf9oV9F7, to register by July 1st.

    Devin Frunzi, Student Teacher, Honored!  Congratulations to Devin Frunzi, who was recently recognized with the 2021 Preservice Science Teacher Award from CAST.  Devin did his student teacher with Dana Dillard in 5th grade at Independence Elementary in Aurora, Co.  Devin said, “My biggest learning was when science is presented in a hands-on, engaging way, students are enthused and motivated to learn.”

    Nominate a Teacher K-15 for a CAST award  This fall CAST will honor 6 teachers K-15 for excellence in science teacher. Consider nominating yourself or an outstanding science teacher for this award. To learn more, go to the link: https://www.coloradocast.org/Grants-and-Awards

    CDE’s Implementation For Colorado Science Standards Institute:  CDE with regional partners have hosted K-12 Standards Implementation Institutes as well as a principals’ institute (June 24) to support teachers and schools across the state.  CAST is proud to be part of this. If you missed these institutes, there will be another offered Sept 25th with a focus on assessment.  This in-person institute will be held at the United States Airforce. (Check back at this website to register. https://sites.google.com/view/2021-cosci/regional-institutes?authuser=0 ) Also, stay tuned for “mini” workshops offered in the fall from CAST summarizing these workshops.

     Non-Formal Educators Implementing Science Standards Institute: For non-formal educators, Aug 2 & 9 from 2:00-3:30 there will be two virtual workshops. (attend both) Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-based-and-informal-science-education-partners-symposium-tickets-159558268075

    Colorado’s Environmental Education Plan is NOW updated…. https://caee.org/programs/connect/colorado-ee-plan

    All Colorado students need to know about the natural systems we all depend on and understand what we must do to interact responsibly with our environment and safeguard natural resources for future generations. The Colorado Environmental Education Plan, adopted by the Colorado Board of Education in 2012, outlines a coordinated strategy between PreK-12 teachers, schools, environmental education providers, and leaders in Colorado. The new version of this plan is now available. The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education is hosting their annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference.  Tues Sept 21st will be fully virtual followed by a two day “in-person” session on Sept 24-25th at Snow Mountain Ranch. 

    Call for Session Proposals and to register: https://caee.org/

    eleSTEMary  (STEM Professional Development for elementary teachers)has planned their 2021-22 monthly workshops. They will have in-person classes at the Challenger Learning Center with a virtual option to attend from a distance.  They will also have “mini” workshops on implementing the Colorado Science Standards K-6.  Save the dates! Check out their website for more information: http://www.elestemary.org/

    PALS (Peak Area Leadership in Science) Invites you to attend their monthly professional development for Middle School & High School teachers. To learn more about it, they will host a kick-off session on SATURDAY, JULY 31ST FROM 9 TO 11:30 AM @ The International Dance Club 2422 Busch Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80904  RSPA- ASAP. (on their website) They have planned an amazing year of science workshops! Check out their website: https://sciencehubs.org/

    Save the date: Colorado Science Conference Nov. 6th  (Saturday) 9:00-4:00 PM Our Keynote speakers will be the “Bug Chicks” https://thebugchicks.com/   The conference will be virtual once again this year. This is a premier science conference for Colorado lead by top science experts and leading resources providers.  Don’t miss this conference!    https://coloradoscienceconference.org/

    Presenters: Apply now to submit a proposal to present. Deadline has been extended so please apply.  https://coloradoscienceconference.org/presenters

    New NSTA District Director

    Are you a member of NSTA? https://www.nsta.org/membership We are part of a three state NSTA region: CO, AZ, and UT. We welcome Kristi Kimble as our new District XIV Director.  Look for her virtual booth at the Nov 6th Science Conference.  We thank Wendi Lawrence for her three years of service to our region as previous District XIV Director.  NSTA provides incredible resources for science teachers.  We highly recommend checking out their website and becoming a member. https://www.nsta.org

    Upcoming NSTA Conferences:

    July 26-30, 2021 NSTA STEM Forum- Virtual workshop

    Oct 28-30, 2021 in person NSTA regional conference in Portland, OR

    Nov. 11-13, 2021 National Harbor, Maryland in person

    Dec. 9-11, 2021 LA in person

    March 31- April 3, 2022 Houston, TX National Conference in person

    Submit proposals to present to nsta.org

    Enjoy your summer!

    DeLene- (Region 2 Elementary Director) is a retired elementary teacher still loving science!

    Megan- (Region 2 Middle School/High School Director) works for Vista Ridge High School.

    Rick- (Region 2 University/Informal) works with CSU Pueblo Chemistry Dept.


  • 12 Apr 2021 6:40 PM | Doug Eccher (Administrator)

    Hello fellow science teachers and educators. My name is Doug Eccher, and I am completing my 22nd year teaching science in Colorado. I also serve as the STEM/PBL Coordinator for Peak Academy in Montrose. Education is my second career. In the late 90’s after twenty plus years chasing fish, I decided working with youth might be a good fit. I was looking for a significant and rewarding career, especially since I wanted to raise my own children in the community I taught.

    The standards movement has been part of my teaching career since the beginning. As with everything else in education they have continued to evolve. With the State of Colorado recently adopting their version of the NGSS (CAS), the last few years have been challenging as to what that means for my classroom and my students. This was especially true for me when trying to figure out how the engineering processes “fit” into the science content and processes. I did not want to create a standalone “Engineering” unit. How do those processes weave into every unit? I am a fishery biologist, not an engineer. Fortunately for me, four years ago the Montrose County School District chose to place significant emphasis towards the STEM and Problem Based Learning (PBL) models. A major focus of these models is identifying problems within our local community and having students, along with their teacher and community partners, find potential solutions. This was the connection I needed to bridge my classroom to CAS.

    Early in my career I found myself in more of what I call a “Traditional” science classroom. The curriculum is established prior to the start of the school year and is for the most part inflexible. The scope and sequence are tightly scripted and driven by sequential units culminating with a summative final exam. Even though aspects of the course are differentiated based on student need, the course is based on a fixed based mindset. Because the course follows a script, the teacher knows all of the answers before each unit begins.

    In order to transition my classroom from this traditional approach and reflect the vision of NGSS and CAS, I reached out to local engineers to get their input. I still meet with two of them biweekly to review what is going on in my classroom as well as the community. Based on their coaching I have added AGILE engineering as part of Peak’s science curriculum. AGILE is an iterative mind-set, rather than a process. We use tools like user story maps and kanban boards to meet goals and solve problems. The AGILE mindset allows for collaboration, inclusivity, creativity, and most importantly continual iteration. The scientific and engineering processes have been blended while using math, science, computer science, robotics, language arts, geography, and other content in meaningful ways. And this happens on a daily basis. What follows is a brief summary of my AGILE Science Classroom:

    • Curriculum is established prior to the start of the school year but the focus is on the utilization/implementation of content rather than memorization.

    • Scope and Sequence are not tightly scripted but instead remain flexible and can be changed as needed.

      • Scope is guided by the teacher and constrained by available student time and initiative.

      • Sequence is iterative and reinforces scientific method (process). Frequent repetition of scientific method (process), through iteration, ingrains learning in students.

    • STEM/PBL initiatives run parallel to the course curriculum; - they do not replace it.

    • The teacher facilitates the learning process throughout. Because the course does not follow an exact script the teacher does not have all of the answers before each unit begins. The teacher DOES have a solid understanding of the scientific method (process) and how the iterative sequence reinforces it.

    • The course is based on a growth-based mindset with iterative scientific method (process) as a scaffold to build on.

    Our state of the art science program directly supports our district wide goal and success. As my class has moved from a more traditional setting to that of the AGILE mindset, indicators point toward improved student growth and achievement as reflected in our record setting SPF (School Performance Framework) scores posted the last two years. I’d love to hear how you are implementing CAS in your classroom for 2021 and beyond.


    Doug Eccher

    CAST Region III Secondary Director


  • 01 Mar 2021 8:00 AM | Autumn Rivera (Administrator)

    It’s been quite a year. So many times in the past few weeks I have asked myself, “What was I doing a year ago?”


    A year ago I had no idea what was about to happen. I was worried about getting everything graded and making sure my comments were written for third quarter report cards. I’m sure I was frustrated at one student for not getting her work turned in on time and worried about a different student when he didn’t score well on a test. 


    And just like that, everything changed. 


    Everything we knew about teaching altered. How we taught, where we taught, and for some, even whom we taught changed. Loud classrooms with students learning and exploring turned into blank circles and chat boxes. Hands-on lessons and field work turned into online labs and virtual field trips. Teachers have had to be more flexible than ever before. I’m sure all teachers have now had enough PD time in technology to earn an extra college degree.


    To sum it up, it’s been exhausting. No matter how much I try to rest and take care of myself, I am always tired and, honestly, tired of complaining about being tired. Teaching both online and in-person classes leaves me feeling like I just ran a marathon. Comments on social media about how teachers need to stop complaining and open up schools make me angry and defeated. Decisions about state testing cause me to question where that money could be better spent.


    But one thing has stayed true, my students. I love my students. Even with masks and social distancing, we are still able to have a great time. School looks different, but, seeing them excited to learn something new, gives me the extra energy I need to come to school each day. I am so grateful for them and their positive vibes.


    Truthfully, it hasn’t all been horrible. New ideas and traditions have popped up during this pandemic time, and I hope they continue. I am currently volunteering my time with the Colorado Science Education Network Steering Committee. One project this group is planning is to work with district science leads to determine what new normal to create when all this is over. We do not want to go back. Normal was not working for students or teachers. Instead, what can we take from this past year and use to create the new normal we want? 


    Yesterday I got my second vaccination shot. Through the amazing work of science, in less than a year from all this craziness, we have not just one, but several vaccinations for COVID-19. Yay science! I think about all the scientists working very diligently for the past year to help cure this world crisis, and it looks like they did. You know what, those scientists had to start somewhere. At one point they were sitting in a classroom just like yours, learning about cells, Newton's Three Laws, and the rock cycle. They were being inspired by a teacher just like you. Because of that encouragement, they decided to pursue science as a career. And with that passion, they were able to create vaccinations that will save many, many lives. 


    So if you are frustrated today, overwhelmed and ready to quit, don’t forget about your students. You influence them and who knows, maybe you will inspire a specific student who will go on to do amazing things.


    Teach on!


    Autumn Rivera

    Region III Board Member




  • 09 Feb 2021 4:18 PM | Megan Caraway (Administrator)

    Teaching in a pandemic.  When most teachers think about this, a sense of being overwhelmed occurs. I admit, I have been overwhelmed and on the brink of burnt out more times than I can count since last August.  I never would have imagined teaching two groups at the same time.  Virtual and in person at the same time, REALLY?!?!

    I can also recognize there are things that I appreciate from this challenging year.  With the virtual resources that I created/cultivated, I am prepared for when a student misses a day along with days that I need to have a substitute. Now when a student misses a set of notes, I can provide them a video recording of me going over the notes.  They can go over the content at their own pace.  Scheduling conflicts based on a missed lab are a thing of the past with virtual labs.  Needing a substitute was never fun.  I had to think of something that would keep students engaged and be semi-related to the topic we were studying.  I also had to find something that would  not require a lot of effort on the part of the substitute since it is so hard to find a guest teacher that has a science background and/or willing to cover a high school class.  Now I can post authentic assignments in my online learning platform for students on the days that I am not able to be with them.

    When we started the year virtual, I was really worried how I would create relationships with my students.  Noticing things about their backgrounds was a positive.  I have learned who will be enlisting with the Marines upon graduation  based on the flag in the background.  Who has been on the field of Wrigley Field?  I am so jealous of them!  Asking them odd questions initially threw them off - If you were to haunt someone who would it be and why?  Now they find questions for me to ask and have their fellow students ponder - What does a superhero do on their day off?

    At the beginning of the year, my students did not turn on their cameras when we Zoomed. I felt no connections to my students.   I heard stories from my elementary teacher friends about seeing their students’ pets on camera.  During a period when I was teaching from home, my dog decided to make an appearance when I was explaining time travel graphs on my portable white board.  I introduced her as my teaching assistant.  After this, my students started turning on their cameras more often to show me their pets.  It is amazing the conversations that can start over a cat’s butt really close to the camera.  I found out that a student is trying to train her cat to hit a certain key on the keyboard when shown a toy mouse.

    The hybrid system that my school follows means that I may only have one student in person in a period.  Some teachers in my school ask why this student would even bother to show up, the teacher could get in some extra plan time.  I have found that both the student and myself  look forward to these days.  My students and I have really good discussions and they do not feel embarrassed to ask something since they do not have a fellow classmate that may make fun of them. There have been days that I ask students to try an activity and give me feedback.  The student is so excited to do so since they say most teachers never really utilize feedback, but they know I will.  My students think they hit the jackpot when they do not have a lab partner and get to do an experiment all on their own.  

    Megan Caraway

    Region II Board Director

  • 29 Jan 2021 2:47 PM | Sandy Lamb (Administrator)

    Greetings!

    As the secretary of CAST and the STEM Outreach Coordinator at the Air Force Academy, I am always looking for ways support Colorado science teachers! All of the Academy’s products and services are FREE! We have a very large lending library and many virtual offerings. COVID currently restricts any in-person programs. The Academy also has a collaborative effort with CDE to provide professional development support for the transition to NGSS. If you would like to be added to the STEM Outreach newsletter list or want additional information, please email at sandra.lamb.ctr@usafa.edu.

    During a recent education webinar, I was introduced to Gooru. The developer for Google Maps made an educational app to address K-12 student content knowledge loss since the pandemic. The Department of Education estimates that it might take 3 years for students to catch up!

    Gooru Navigator for Math and Science

    Gooru Navigator for Learners is a FREE GPS tool for learning math, science and language arts. It accurately locates the learner's knowledge, skills, and mindsets and then constructs a personalized path to reach their learning goals. Each step of the way providing GPS-like guidance. Students download the Gooru app on phones or computers and then get started!   Gooru is a non-profit organization whose mission is to honor the human right to education and make high-quality education free and accessible to the world’s students.

    Math Navigator is a comprehensive math course with content coverage from grade 2 through high school. It can be used to supplement math curricula in integrated or traditional course pathways, providing opportunities for support, practice, and enrichment. Math Navigator’s content includes a variety of Common Core aligned resources, videos, simulations, practice questions, and assessments designed to gauge mastery.

    Science Navigator includes NGSS-aligned content for grades 6, 7, and 8 in the areas of Earth and Space Sciences, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Science and Engineering Practices. It can be used to supplement science curricula following traditional or integrated course pathways, including Stanford’s SCALE curriculum. Content includes standards-aligned videos, interactives, simulations, labs, and demonstrations, along with free-response questions, argumentation, offline projects, and machine-graded assessments.

    Let me know how I can support you!

    Sincerely,

    Sandy Lamb

  • 09 Jan 2021 7:00 PM | Jami Seabolt (Administrator)

    December CAST Board Ramblings in January


    Happy New Year!  I don’t know about you, but I was so happy to see 2020 roll on out!  This past year has been... well... challenging to say the least.  We hope you and your friends and family are happy, healthy and ready to slay 2021 like we weren’t allowed to in 2020!


    Looking back, I am really proud of all educators and parents.  This has been hard.  We have all been at times scared, some of us have been sick or had loved ones who were or are sick, we have worked harder than we EVER have, we have had to learn things we thought before were IMPOSSIBLE, and we have PERSEVERED!  I have watched my fellow educators teach in ways I never thought fathomable before, I have watched my school district fight for me in ways I never thought they would, and I also have seen parents exceed my expectations at every turn. You all are rock stars!


    I have seen teachers “pivot” in many ways this past year. I had the opportunity to attend several conferences this summer and fall that had to switch from an in-person to virtual platform.  I realized while working with the Colorado Science Conference Committee what kind of undertaking that truly was. If you had a chance to attend any virtual conference throughout the past year, you probably would agree that it was different.  Personally, it was not my favorite way to “engage” with my peers, but overall it was good and I learned new things.  I learned so much about myself, my fellow educators and technology in 2020.  I am not the best with technology, but this year it was not an option to take the easy way out.  We, as a profession, were given no choice in the matter and I believe we knocked it out of the park!


    As 2021 rolls out, I ask you to look back on what you are proud of, what you hope you never have to do again, but most importantly, what you learned.  I learned that I love teaching, but I love teaching in person the most.  I miss my students.  I miss my coworkers.  I miss the parents (yes, I said that!)  I for one am hoping for the best in 2021.  There are a whole lot of things to look forward to and I think we are in a profession that, for the first time in a long while, is being looked at as important on a whole new level. Let’s take that and run with it!  I am inspired by all of you and can't wait to see what amazing things we do in 2021!


    Let’s do this!

    Jami Seabolt

    5th Grade Teacher and CAST President



  • 01 Dec 2020 1:35 PM | Janelle Johnson (Administrator)

    Greetings to all CAST members! If you are here, you know what a great organization this is. Please help us spread the word about all the benefits of joining the CAST community (see September 2020 Board Ramblings for a complete list). If you were able to participate in the Colorado Science Conference (CSC) in November, you may have noticed the growing coordination between CAST, CDE, and the Colorado Science Educators Network (CSEN). This is a strong positive step for serving science education needs in our state. We have to acknowledge the incredible efforts of CAST president-elect Linda Cummings in making the first ever remote Colorado Science Conference a huge success. Thanks to everyone who put countless hours into building the conference. 

    The CSC keynote speakers were Dr. Tyler Lyson and Dr. Ian Miller from Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Their talk titled “After the Asteroid: Colorado Discovery that Rocked the World” was a fascinating up close and personal look at their extraordinary new discovery east of Colorado Springs of remarkably complete fossil record with entire fossil mammals, turtles, crocodiles, and plants. Their work helps to fill huge gaps in the fossil record of how and when life rebounded in the aftermath of the asteroid strike that led to mass extinction. Teachers, please think of this as important local connection for your students, and for opening up more exciting pathways for science! 

    The CAST 2020 Award winners were recognized during the Colorado Science Conference. Congratulations again to awardees in:

    • Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching, Alexandra Millard
    • Excellence in K-8 Science Teaching, Lori O. Lara
    • American Vacuum Society Excellence in K-16 Informal Science Teaching, Stacey Lazzelle
    • American Vacuum Society Excellence in Elementary Science Teaching, Jacqueline Krablean
    •  CAST Friend of Science, Chris Aaby
    • CAST Friend of Science, Ellen Nelson
    •  CAST Distinguished Service, Pete Modreski
    • CAST Distinguished Service, Carol Fortino
    • Valuable Service as Board Member, Ryan Johnson
    • CAST Rising Star - High School, Tori Burke
    • CAST Pre-Service, Megan Coney
    • In Memory Recognition of Sharon Stroud and Don Maxwell

    What an outstanding group! We’d love to see even more nominations come in for these awards next year…please keep it in mind to nominate yourself or a colleague. 

    Another great way to connect through CAST is its Colorado Science Teachers Facebook page, open to all. Both pre- and in-service teachers can share resources and ideas there. Some of the latest posts include: how to request a second monitor to support remote teaching; ideas for using “The Lion King” as a teaching resource; helpful tips for using zoom for teaching; and links to the CSC keynote speakers’ talks. The page is being updated all the time and we’d love to see you there. Please spread the word. 

    As a new member of the CAST board, I’d like to say how excited and hopeful I am to be a part of this community. As someone who used to be in the K-12 classroom and now works in higher education, I have the utmost respect for you all who are teaching. I want to thank each and every one of you for your dedication and persistence in these unprecedented and challenging times. I hope that CAST can be a source of support for you, and that as we continue to grow the organization, we can all continue to become stronger…together. 

    Wishing you and your loved ones health and happiness. And get some rest when you can!

  • 19 Oct 2020 9:40 PM | DeLene Hoffner (Administrator)

    Region II Directors (SE Region)

    Pre K-6th

    DeLene Hoffner (2019-2022)


    Secondary

    Megan Caraway (2018-2021)



    College/Informal Education

    Richard Farrer (2020-2023)


    Greetings from Region 2 CAST Directors: 

    Happy October!  We hope you are all doing well with the challenges of CO-vid, teaching in the classroom, teaching online, and parent teacher conferences.  Who would have thought we would have such changes in our instructional approaches!!  Hang in there!  There are many resources that will help.  All educators across the state are welcome to join these events.  We’d like to share a few… 

    Colorado Science Conference: We are very excited for the upcoming Colorado Science Conference on November 14.  This year will be the first time  our conference is completely virtual and it promises to hold many surprises and wonderful resources, amazing keynote speakers, fantastic presenters, and great networking!  Don’t miss it!  https://coloradoscienceconference.org/registration  Early Bird only $35. Starting Nov 1st- $50. 

    Cool Science:  What an incredible VIRTUAL COOOOOL Science Festival!! If you missed it, there are recordings of virtual events for students, families, teachers, and scientists! You can still have a scientist ZOOM into your classroom!  Check out the amazing resources from Marc Straub, Ingrid Daniel, and the UCCS Cool Science team.  You will find you-tube lessons and labs you can lead your class through virtually or in the class.  https://www.coolscience.org/cool-science-festival.html

    Project Learning Tree:  It’s not too late to sign up for online classes.  You will get an e-book full of curriculum ideas aligned to the Colorado Academic Standards.  Colorado School of Mines credit is available. Kick off Intro on Zoom Oct 20 or 23 but you have until Nov 11 to complete the class.  Check it out. https://caee.org/civicrm/event/info?id=374&reset=1  email DeLene for a code to get this workshop FREE! (including materials)

    eleSTEMary:  These elementary teacher workshops bring STEM lessons, pedagogy, and resources into your instruction. A free 2-hour workshop on the 2nd Thursday of each month from 4:30-6:30.  Check out their website (www.elestemary.org). http://www.elestemary.org/2020-2021-workshops.html

    PALS- Peak Area Leadership in Science: Free professional development throughout the school year for Pikes Peak area secondary science teachers.  The next (virtual) workshop, Brave New Worlds in Learning: Approaching our profession in new ways using best practices in remote & hybrid learning is October 28th.  Check out their website (https://sciencehubs.org).

    USAFA STEM Outreach: The mission of the United States Air Force Academy Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Outreach Program is to offer a variety of programs and services that effectively engage, inspire and attract the next generation of STEM talent.  See how they can support your classes by either visiting https://www.usafa.edu/research/stem-outreach/ or emailing Sandy Lamb, STEM Outreach Coordinator, at sandra.lamb.ctr@usafa.edu.

    Make sure to follow CAST on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Share these resources with colleagues.  They can join CAST too… https://www.coloradocast.org/Membership

    Please feel free to contact us.  We are here to support you in your classroom, with resources and support.  

    Your SE Region ll Directors,

    DeLene, Megan, and Rick




  • 10 Sep 2020 4:51 PM | Robert Barto (Administrator)

    Why NOT Join?

    I will make this short and sweet because I have just one important topic to talk about. Having been a member of CAST since 1979 and on the board since 1980 (off and on), I know that many people have not been taking advantage of their membership and many teachers aren’t members of CAST. Think of all the benefits that CAST is offering:

    Free membership to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science,

    Free membership to Dinosaur Ridge in Morrison,

    Free entrance to any Walking Mountain Facility in Vail & Avon,

    Free membership to McConnell Science Museum in Grand Junction,

    Free membership to the The Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs,

    Hints and Ideas to help you in your Science teaching through the webpage, conference, or occasional e-mails,

    You can be awarded a $200 classroom mini-grant,

    You could receive an award for excellence in teaching with a $500 award, even this year, and many more.

    Don’t forget the virtual Science Conference this year on November 14th.

    So go out and use your CAST membership NOW. Apply for a mini-grant. Think of ways to help your students and how $200 would help you reach those students during these trying times.

    Nominate someone for an award. I know you know someone who deserves to be honored. Maybe even you deserve that honor, so nominate yourself. It’s OK. In fact it’s fantastic.

    You should even let some of your fellow teachers know about the treasures that are available from CAST.

    If you have ideas that will help you or your fellow teachers, please let one of your board members know. We are always looking for ways to help our Science teachers.

    I hope to hear that you have received an award or a minigrant.

    Bob Barto (CAST Historian)


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