K-12 Professional Development

Preconference Workshop: The Science of Learning & Memory

Grades K - 12

Saturday, September 30

Join nationally recognized teacher, presenter and author Andrew Watson for a day-long workshop on the “Science of Learning”. See how understanding the ways that working memory and long-term memory interact with one another can help you create learning experiences that are more challenging, motivating and “sticky”.   Previous teacher participants love how Andrew’s previous workshops at the museum have changed the way they think everyday about lesson design and facilitation, without adding to their workload. 

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2nd Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Mind & Brain Education Mini Conference

Grades K - 12

Saturday, October 1
Join us at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for a day of " Mind & Brain Education" presented and attended by local K-12 educators with a common interest in applying psychology and neuroscience to their practice as they learn about things like:  

  • How do we learn? 
  • How do we regulate emotion? 
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching & The Brain 
  • What motivates and demotivates learners? 
  • The Science of Belonging & Agency 

We are bringing together local facilitators who will present some evidence-based strategies that you can walk away and use tomorrow.  Choose between several 90-minute concurrent mini-sessions held in 3 rounds. 

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Workshop: It’s Like You’re a Detective! Teaching Inquiries in Social Studies with The DBQ Project

Grades 3 - 10

Saturday, October 8

Are you looking for engaging and rigorous ways to teach social studies? Do you need ideas for how to teach inquiry experiences that allow students to explore and discover answers to historical questions?
Elementary and middle school teachers are invited to learn about The DBQ Project and The DBQ Project Method. Learn by doing! Participants will do an abbreviated Mini-Q, practicing and discussing strategies for interpreting documents, establishing a collaborative classroom climate, and writing multi-paragraph argument essays. Open to administrators, instructional coaches,
and teachers in grades 3-9. Participants will receive a free preview account to DBQ Onlineand a certificate verifying 4 hours of professional learning.

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Hybrid Course: The Social Emotional Brain: Harnessing humanity to reach common goals

Grades K - 12

Registration opens soon!

In-Person
Jan 7 & 21, 2023  (8am-3:30pm), February  4 , 2023 (9am- noon)

On-Line (Asynchronous)
Jan 9-Feb 5  Three Weekly Implementation Assignments & Discussion Forum ( approx 2-3 hrs per week for 3 weeks)

What does the science of learning teach us about emotion regulation, motivation, belonging, and agency? What makes for deeply satisfying learning experiences?  How can we utilize insights from field-tested mind and brain research to improve classroom equity and help our students to own their learning? This course will equip you with tools that you can immediately implement in your classroom, as well as offer opportunities to interact with and learn from both your peers and experts. Come join us for this edifying educational experience! 

Topics Include:  

  • Equity & Belonging  
  • Mindset, Feedback, and Praise 
  • The Role of Choice  
  • Triggering Flow State  
  • Strategies for building Ownership & Agency 
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Archive: 2020-2021 Tools @ Tea Time Program

K-12 TPD

Teachers! Grab your afternoon tea and log in for an end-of-the day boost, with tips and resources from the Museum Teacher Professional Development Team and an opportunity to share strategies with other teachers about remote and hybrid learning.

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