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 Teachers’ Expedition to Africa


Attention Colorado Teachers:

The Experiential Science Education Research Collaborative (XSci) at UCD is awarding 15 teacher scholarships for the Africa Teachers’ Expedition in the summer of 2012, including the trek up Kilimanjaro and safari in the Serengeti.

  • 9 teachers will receive full travel costs (with additional trip prep funds) and 
  • 6 teachers will receive 1/2 the travel costs for this life-changing adventure

 Additionally, we will have 6 spots open for non-scholarship supported participants at full price.

This Experience Science course includes:

  • Climbing the tallest volcano on the African continent at 19,400 feet
  • Trekking through 11 biomes
  • Experiencing the legendary Serengeti  (see the vanishing wild places of our planet)
  • Visiting Maasai native villages and AIDS orphanages  
  • Experiencing Olduvai Gorge (Leakys’ discovery of ancient primates)
  • Create your own personal documentary to bring back to your students

Requirements for scholarship:
1.     You must be a Colorado teacher with a teaching license in hand or applied for by June 1st, 2012.
2.     Before accepting the scholarship you are willing to sign a commitment to participate in all pre, during and post associated activities and research.

Application Deadline: December 8th, 2011

Selection Notification: December 10th, 2011

Required Kick off meeting: December 16th, (5 to 9 pm), 2011 (you must attend if selected)

To apply please go to: http://www.xsci-ucd.org/

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Expeditionary Learning Mountain Region Update 11/23/2011

Hi Everyone,

Happy holidays!  I wanted to send out a reminder about some of the EL professional development opportunities that are happening regionally in the next few months.  These institutes have been selected because they directly connect to many of your work plan goals and will help build capacity in your school.

Please contact me if you have questions.


 Creating Quality Assessments These three one-day sessions will deepen participants’ knowledge and understanding of the EL assessment framework.  Facilitators provide modeling and instruction about creating learning experience plans that contain an appropriate and balanced blend of assessments for learning.  Participants experience and deconstruct the following:  how to create clear learning targets; how to connect learning experience targets to daily lesson plans; how to match the assessment method to the learning target; and how to create accurate and high-quality assessments of learning.

  • When: January 13th, 18th and 25th 2012 8.30 am – 5.00pm
  • Where: The Odyssey School, EL Professional Development Classroom, map
  • Who: Symon Hayes School Designer Expeditionary Learning, Mountain Region and Jon Mann Regional Director Expeditionary Learning, Mountain Region
  • Food: A light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided each day.
  • Cost: $500 per participant
  • Registration: Prior attendance at Student Engaged Assessment is required before registering. Please email Jon Mann with the names of those who will be attending.

Primary Reading Over the two one-day sessions, participants will learn powerful instructional practices that prepare them to teach phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies to beginning readers.  They learn relevant content and pedagogy concerning early literacy and experience best practices in early reading 
instruction are modeled. Through examples, participants learn to integrate the teaching of early literacy into 
expeditions and develop reader’s workshops for the primary grades.

  • When: January 11th and January 24th, 8:30 am – 5:15 pm
  • Where: The Odyssey School, EL Professional Development Classroom, map
  • Who: Katie Shenk, School Designer Expeditionary Learning, Mountain Region, Dirk Matthias  School Designer Expeditionary Learning, Mountain Region
  • Food: A light breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided each day.
  • Cost: $330 per participant
  • Registration: Please email Jon Mann with the names of those who will be attending.

Using Data Institute This is an EL national institute. Using Data institute reveals that highly effective EL schools use assessment information from a variety of sources to support student and teacher growth. Guided by case studies from network schools with strong data-use practices, participants in this institute will explore how data-informed planning can link the implementation of EL to the outcome of improved student achievement. Specific attention will be paid to: Using results from state or local assessments to plan and tune expeditions and instruction; creating a data-informed and data-friendly whole school culture; looking at student work as evidence of student achievement; and involving students and teachers in data collection and analysis.

  • When: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - Saturday, January 21, 2012
  • Where: The Curtis Hotel, Downtown Denver
  • Grades:  K-12
  • Cost: $800 per participant
  • Registration: This will need to be an addition to your existing MOU. Please email Jon Mann for more registration information.

Jon Mann
Mountain Region Director
Expeditionary Learning
6550 East 21st Ave.
Denver, CO 80207
Office: 720-443-3051
Fax: 303-316-4016


University of Northern Colorado-Teacher Leadership


I am writing to inform you of an exciting opportunity being offered to school districts in Colorado interested in increasing the leadership capacity of its teachers:

 The Teacher Leadership Certificate (TLC) –A Teacher Leadership Certificate is a 16 credit hour online program designed to support teachers’ efforts to improve teaching and learning in school settings. The program supports the growth of teachers who would like to become coaches or teachers on special assignment (TOSAs), as well as teachers who currently occupy such positions. Participants take four courses (two each semester) organized to broaden their perspectives of leadership and ability to engage in collaborative leadership with peers, community, and administrators. The program consists of ELPS 601, Educational Leadership Through Inquiry; ELPS 603, Shaping Organizations; ELPS 604, Understanding People; and ELPS 654, Instructional Leadership and Supervision, as well as a one-credit field internship embedded in each course to assure authentic engagement and real-life applications in participants’ home school settings. The course work in this one year program can also be applied to the principal licensure program. The next cohort will begin in the fall of 2012 and end in the spring of 2013. New cohorts will begin each fall. For additional information, please see (http://www.unconline.edu/future/grad/EdLead_TLC.shtml).

I have attached a flyer related to the program with this email. I would invite you to encourage teacher-leaders in your district to consider applying for either of these programs. Space is limited in both and interest is high.

 If you have any questions, please feel free to call (970-351-1016) or send me an email to linda.vogel@unco.edu.


 Linda R. Vogel, ELPS Program Coordinator
418A McKee Hall, Campus Box 103

Fall 2011 Courses

Compassionate Communication Practice Group - Fall 2011


 Contact: Susan Kaplan kaplan@earthlink.net, 303-871-8469

Download Flier

 Other Opportunities

Study Abroad in Spain - Summer 2012


 Contact: Madeline Milian madeline.milian@unco.edu, 970-351-1683

 Download Flier

 Teachers Workshop: Japanese American Experience

 The Mile Hi Japanese American Citizens League is sponsoring a teacher workshop to enhance awareness of the Japanese American experience and the impact it has on future generations and policies.  The workshop at the University of Denver will:

  • Meet History State Content Standards, especially for high school and grades 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 8
  • Will provide a certificate for 8 clock hours of professional development credit
  • Include a curriculum binder and lunch for the minimal cost of $20 for the day’s experience
  • Be moderated by renowned speaker Mako Nakagawa from Seattle, WA

We invite teachers to join us for a day of enlightened learning on a topic that was a dark time in American history.

 Contact: Kathy Namura, 303-431-2136

 Colorado Online Learning (COL) and Adams State College

 Colorado Online Learning (COL) and Adams State College have received a grant for an online PD course on integrating technology in the classroom. This is totally free but nobody has signed up!

It would take 7-12 weeks to complete (about 5 hours a week) , is completely online, good for 3 graduate credits at ASC, and completely free. If you are interested just shoot an email to Karen Bates at ASC.


Math Certificate Program (University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center)


Participate in a Math Certificate program from the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center with a cohort of your colleagues from south metro area school districts and complete all three courses within Cherry Creek, Douglas County or Littleton Schools. The certificate will be issued from the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center upon successful completion of 3 graduate math education courses for a total of 9 graduate credits. All credits can apply toward a master’s degree in education from the University of Colorado at Denver. Graduate credits will be offered at a reduced rate of $220 per semester hour.

 Center for Teaching International Relations (University of Denver)

The Center for Teaching International Relations offers graduate level, content-rich continuing education courses for K-12 educators. Course topics include world history, comparative politics, cultural and physical geography, foreign languages, and economics.

Web Site: http://www.du.edu/ctir/courses.html

 Classroom Instruction that Works

McREL and the Jones Knowledge Group are offering a new, online version of McREL’s highly-respected Classroom Instruction that Works (CITW) training program. This new, fully online program was jointly developed by McREL and Jones, and offers all the power and effectiveness of the CITW strategies with the efficiencies of online professional development. By learning after school and on weekends, teachers and administrators won’t miss a day with students, while receiving a world-class professional learning experience.

Web Site: http://jonesknowledge.com/CITW/course.php

 Colorado School of Mines - Teacher Enhancement Program

These CSM courses offer unique educational opportunities and practical hands-on experience. The courses are designed to provide valuable content through skilled instruction and an enjoyable educational environment.

Web Site: http://www.mines.edu/

 National Science Resources Center

Courses offered through the National Science Resources Center are tailored to the NSRC’s curricula.

 Teacher's Domain Professional Development

These research-based online courses give K-12 teachers new ways to inspire their students and facilitate learning. Teachers' Domain Professional Development courses broaden content knowledge, enhance inquiry methodology and teaching strategies, help teachers integrate technology and rich media into their classrooms.

Web Site: http://www.teachersdomain.org/courseinfo/

 Vernier and Texas Instruments Professional Development

Vernier has partnered with Texas Instruments professional development organization, T3, to provide training opportunities featuring data-collection technology with TI graphing calculators.

Web Site: http://www.vernier.com/pd/index.html