K-12 Professional Development

Virtual Summer Preview Workshop - Explore Before Explain II with Pat Brown

K-12 TPD

Tuesday, May 11, 2021 
4:30–5:15 p.m. (MT)

Thinking of what you are going to do this summer to re-create and inspire your teaching? Then join us for this special free, 45 minute preview (during our Tools @ Tea Time slot) of a two-day course we are offering this summer at the museum. The course and the preview will be facilitated by Nationally recognized Educator & Author Pat Brown. This preview workshop will show how simple shifts in the way you arrange and combine activities can help students. 

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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.) 

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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.

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Summer 2021 Field Seminars

Grades K - 12

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.  

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Archive: Explore Before Explain with Pat Brown (Webinar)

Grades 3 - 8

Original Program Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Take a moment to connect online with other teachers and pick up some new tips to spruce up and deepen your lessons for the end of the year.

Archive: Making Argumentation Work in On-Line Environments (Webinar)

Grades 5 - 12

Original Program Date: Saturday, April 18, 2020

How can we use scientific argumentation as a way to continue building community and connection with our students in on-line learning environments? What might Argumentation look like on-line?