k-12 professional development

Instructional Sequence Matters

Instructional Sequence Matters

Date and Time

June 17 & 18, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

September 28, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm


Upper Elementary

Program Description

Instructional Sequence Matters is a one-stop professional development that will inspire you to reimagine how you teach. Whether you’re a beginning or veteran teacher, 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.

Designed as a comprehensive workshop, Instructional Sequence Matters helps you understand learning from a more pedagogical perspective. 

  • Why sequence matters. A concise review of cognitive science and science education research explains why the order in which you structure your lessons is so critical.
  • What you need to do. An overview of important planning considerations covers becoming an “explore-before-explain” teacher and designing POE (Predict, Observe, Explain) and 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) instructional models.
  • How you do it. Ready-to-teach lessons that use an explore-before-explain sequence to provide experience that meet the revised 2020 Colorado Science Standards and make interdisciplinary connections to the Common Core State Standards.
  • What to do next. Reflection questions will spark thinking throughout the sequencing process and help you develop the knowledge to adapt these concepts to your students’ needs.

Learning Outcomes

  • Form a theoretical framework for science teaching grounded in developmental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, and science education
  • Discover sequences of instruction such as the POE and 5E that naturally translate into the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Master essential planning routines such as eliciting student’s prior knowledge, providing hands-on experiences, and promoting student’s evidence-based claim writing.
  • Learn important leader behaviors for engaging colleagues in meaningful science collaboration
  • Ensure high expectations for students 

About the Instructor

Patrick Brown, PhD, is the Executive Director of STEM and Career Education for the Fort Zumwalt School District in O’Fallon, Missouri. He has a range of educational experiences and has taught elementary, middle and high school science classes as well as undergraduate and graduate courses for teachers. Dr. Brown has received awards for his methods course teaching such as the Lambda Chi Alpha Professor of the Year and the Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Education at the University of Missouri–Columbia. His area of research deals with strategies for enhancing science literacy and teacher professional development. He has several publications that appear as journal articles, book chapters, and books and he has given many presentations at the regional, national, and international level.


Cost:  $200

Credit option:  $50  (1.0 credits)

Group Size

40 educators

Special Requirements

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

Registration Information

Registration is required. Click the "Book Now" button or call 303.370.6000. Registration closes three days prior to the start date of the program. For questions regarding this course, please e-mail [email protected]


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

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