Elementary Inquiry Academy Hybrid Course


Initial Face-to-Face 
June 15–18, 2015
8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Six-Week Online Course
August 30–October 10, 2015

Online Course Kickoff Webinar Training
August 26 or August 27, 2015

Final Face-to-Face (onsite at the Museum)
Saturday, October 10, 2015
8 a.m.–3 p.m.


Course fee: $150. 

3.0 graduate-level relicensure credits available through the Colorado School of Mines. This course is for credit only.

Upon successful completion of the course (all face-to-face meetings and online coursework), a rebate of the course fee will be given. No rebates will be given if a participant does not complete the course.


Children cannot be accommodated in Teachers Professional Development Programs; no exceptions. Participants who arrive with children will not be admitted to the program.


Become inspired by what inquiry teaching can do for you and your students! This hybrid course offers a chance for you to roll up your sleeves and delve into inquiry learning for your classroom, with particular attention to skills supported by the Next Generation Science Standards. This hands-on learning experience for 3rd–5th grade teachers provides fun and inventive ways to use inquiry while capitalizing on the life and physical science resources and experts available to you at the Museum. After finding out about inquiry learning first-hand during the onsite sessions, the six-week online course extends your experience as you put your skills into practice with the support of your Museum facilitator and your fellow colleagues. We’ll also focus on how to support inquiry across the curriculum through the Colorado Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

Inquiry Academy is designed to provide elementary and middle school teachers with authentic inquiry experiences, ranging from closely guided to fully open inquiry techniques. During the intensive four-day summer workshop, you will have the opportunity to discuss, reflect, and practice with your inquiry cohort as you prepare to integrate inquiry in your classroom. You will begin the online portion of the class with a webinar. During the following six weeks you will be completing online coursework where you will be asked to bring inquiry into your classroom, all while receiving guidance, practice, and support from your Museum instructor. The course culminates with a one-day workshop focusing on planning for further Inquiry in your classroom.

Course Requirements

  • You must attend the initial four days of face-to-face sessions on June 15–18, from 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m., and then the final face-to-face session on October 10, from 8 a.m.–3 p.m.

  • You must complete all assignments during the six-week online course, including the weekly assignments related to a specific topic and the weekly forum discussions with your fellow participants.

  • You must currently be a practicing classroom teacher.


  • Online coursework (a weekly assignment and forum discussion) will take a total of 2 to 2.5 hours per week. Our intent is to make the assignments relevant to your planning and teaching.
  • During three of the six weeks, the online course assignments will be applicable to your classroom teaching. This is an opportunity to apply what you are learning in the course to your every day teaching.
  • Late work will not be accepted.

Generous support of the Elementary Inquiry Academy provided by the Youth & Teacher Initiative.


Registration is required. Please call 303.370.6000, daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. or click the BUY NOW button. Registration closes three days prior to the start date of the program. For questions regarding this course, please e-mail TeacherPrograms@dmns.org.


All programs require payment at time of registration. All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the event.

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  • Q

    May I take this course for noncredit?

  • A

    No, this course is offered for credit only.

  • Q

    What if I am unable to attend all of the face-to-face portions of this workshop?

  • A

    Your attendance at all face-to-face sessions and your participation in all online portions of the course are required to meet the hour requirements for 3 graduate credits from the Colorado School of Mines.

  • Q

    Do I need to be a practicing Grade 3-5 teacher?

  • A

    Yes, you will be asked to integrate and apply course assignments into your every day teaching.

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