Courses and Academies

The Museum offers a range of professional development courses and academies designed to strengthen your expertise and help you integrate hands-on science activities into your classroom more effectively.

Generous support of the Museum’s Teacher Programs Department provided by AJL Charitable Foundation, BBVA Compass, SCFD, and Xcel Energy.


  • The Science of Learning Made Practical for the Classroom Teacher

    April 7 and April 14, 2018

    In recent decades, neuroscientists and psychologists have discovered remarkable truths about the brain’s ability to learn, focus, understand, self-regulate, and persevere. Unfortunately, these research findings are often too abstract for immediate use in our classrooms.

    In these lively workshops, begin with the research science of memory, attention, and motivation and then explore the specific, practical classroom uses of these findings incl. lesson planning, assessments, classroom culture.

    These workshops may be taken individually or as a course. See options below.  

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  • The Language of Inquiry Hybrid Course (For practicing 6th-12th Grade Teachers)

    Monday - Wednesday, June 11 - 13, 2018, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    Six week online course September 3 - October 15  (classroom implementation)
    Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    Take wonder to the next level! In this course, you will see that literacy is not just “one more thing to teach” but a powerful tool to strengthen your science and social studies instruction.

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  • Foothills to Tundra: Ecosystems and Biomes of Rocky Mountain National Park

    Pre-trip Workshop - June 2, 2018

    3-Day Field Trip - June 27-29, 2018

    Rocky Mountain National Park has a century-long tradition of being a living laboratory for understanding human impact on the environment. Teachers will observe and learn about the impacts of climate change on Colorado’s mountain ecosystems.

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