Learning Edge May #1

The last weeks of school are bittersweet and filled with anticipation and excitement not only for students but for teachers too!  It can be tiring – though well worth the positive impact that we all have on students and their learning. Listen to educator Trevor Muir inspire and remind us why we show up every day at our schools to work with and encourage our students.  “Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops” Henry Brooks Adams

Professional learning opportunities coming up this summer just for you!

June 6 – Rock CS at Adams 12  Free!
June 10-13  InnEdCO   Colorado’s premier educator event!
June 25 – 27  NICERC Cyber Ed Forum in Broomfield. ONLY $50 for Colorado Educators!
June 25-27 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence
July 7-10  CSTA Annual Conference in Phoenix
July 8-12  2019 Innovative Schools Conference
June/July CO School of Mines CS PD


Boclips for Teachers – Sign up by June 30th for a Free Year!

BoClips recently launched a video platform that offers an extensive library of safe and engaging content for students and time-saving solutions for educators.

“Boclips for Teachers allows teachers to simply cut and paste links, supplementing lessons in any school subject with short video clips that capture and keep students’ attention” (Tech&Learning).  Read Monica Burns post on BoClips at Class TechTips

How to use Boclips for teachers 
How to search the library and share with students
Sign up by June 30th to receive a year of free access

What is your favorite app? Please share your favorite applications or websites that you use with students at What’s Your App?  Watch for your submission to be featured in APP NEWS  soon!

Additional digital learning resources/apps can be found at CVL  Digital Literacy. 

Future City

Lead your students through a project-based learning experience, helping them tackle a relevant citywide sustainability issue as they imagine, research, brainstorm, design, and build cities of the future. Along the way, they’ll discover engineering, develop a meaningful relationship with an engineering mentor, become more aware citizens, and build their 21st-century skills. CLICK HEREto register today!

Ed Elements Webinars

Education Elements hosts a variety of webinars around various topics, such as school leadership development, personalized learning implementation, strategic planning, and more. Check out their ever-growing list of webinar topics at Education Elements

Listen to the Livestream at the 2019 Education Elements Personalized Learning Summit.

InnEdCO 2019  – Learning Academies & Keynotes at Keystone, Oh My!!

InnEdCO announces Gitanjali Rao as a keynote speaker. She is 13 years old and is an 8th grader at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Highlands Ranch, CO. She was named America’s Top Young Scientist of 2017 by the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, with a patent-pending device to detect lead in water faster than any other current techniques.

What’s Happening at the Learning Academies  – for more info go to InnEdCO2019
Register for InnEdCO 

CCIRA Proposals Due June 15th

The annual CCIRA conference offers a high-quality professional development experience for attendees. CCIRA sessions promote best practices and current research in the field of literacy. CCIRA appreciates your willingness to share your expertise with conference participants. Submit your presentation proposals by June 15th at CCIRA2020.

Recommend an Outstanding Educator for the State Talent Pool

CDE maintains a pool of talented classroom leaders who are considered distinguished teachers and principals in their communities. These educators may be candidates for advisory boards, task forces, and special recognition programs. CDE is seeking confidential recommendations for candidates to add to its talent pool. Download the recommendation form for more information and guidelines (DOC). Recommend by May 24th.

TCEA 2020 Seeks Proposals by May 31st

Interested in presenting at the TCEA 2020 Conference & Exposition?  TCEA is seeking innovative educators and thought leaders to present on technology integration, best practices, and hands-on applications. For more information visit their website at TCEA Presentation Proposals 

Digital Literacy Resources to Bookmark

USC Rossier School of Education has recently published a resource titled “Toolkit for Digitally Literate Teachers”, which provides teachers and school administrators with how-to guides, actionable strategies, and real-life examples of the benefits of digital literacy and how to incorporate technology in the classroom.  Take a look at their 14 Digital Literacy Resources to Bookmark!

COllapporative Social PD May 16th

Join the last 2018-2019 So #COllapporative  meetup at The Center for Modern Learning in Colorado Springs –  food and beverages will be provided!  #COllapporative for more information to join the learning and fun. Thursday, May 16th, Register Here – Southern Colorado

 Rocky CS Register by May 15th!

Adams 12 Five Star Schools and St. Vrain Valley School District have teamed up to create the first Colorado Computer Science Conference for P-12 Educators for more information visit – Rock CS! AND on July 7th, there will be additional K-12 professional development workshops.  For information please visit www.RockCS.org and follow on Twitter @RockCSCO

Primary Sources Workshop May 18th

The Colorado Department of Education, History Colorado, and Teaching with Primary Sources Western Region are hosting a workshop for elementary teachers and librarians. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to analyze and then curate primary sources to be used in their own classroom. Content and skills will focus on Colorado Academic Elementary Social Studies and Literacy standards. Free Lunch and coffee provided.  Registration and information at TPS workshop.

Colorado School of Mines  C-START Computer Science Summer PD Workshop

CSTART program has scholarships for teachers who want to learn how to teach computer science! The following courses  are being offered for all levels of teaching expertise:

  • Snap!,  June 18-20th
  • Web Programming, June 11-13th
  • Intro to Cryptography, June 24-27th
  • Java, June 17-21st
  • Python, July 15-17th
  • Bootstrap Algebra, July 22-26
  • Bootstrap Data Science, July 22-26
  • Mobile CSP, July 22-26

Free lunches/snacks/parking. Some courses coincide with Mines kids camps – bring your kids. A full year of instructional support. COLLEGE CREDIT too!  For more information visit  C-START web page or the PDF file (https://cstart.mines.edu/Mines-CS-PD.pdf) for more details. Register HERE.  Contact Christine Liebe with any questions.

CS-FAST Colorado School of Mines

CS-FAST is a curriculum developed specifically for Colorado elementary school teachers that offers a Fundamental Approach to Standards Training (FAST). This 1-day elementary school teacher training is being offered for free by Colorado School of Mines, thanks to a collaboration with the Colorado Department of Education (CDE). Visit CS-FAST to find out when these trainings are taking place.  Participating teachers also have the opportunity to receive a stipend (up to $250) from CDE.


June/July     School of Mines
6/23-6/26   ISTE Philadelphia
6/25-6/27   NICERC Cyber Ed Forum
7/7-7/10       CSTA Annual Conference

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