Colorado Geographic Alliance

Climate Science Connections: Water in the West

 June 2-30, 2014, Free Online Course, CIRES, University of Colorado at Boulder

How will climate change affect the availability of water in the Western United States—where water is already the most precious natural resource? What water management challenges does the Western U.S. face? How do we manage natural disasters like drought, wildfire, and flooding? This course engages participants with cutting-edge science in exploring these and other questions about the intersection of climate change and water management in the West.

Enhance Your Curriculum with ArcGIS Online

 June 8, 9 and July 30, 31, Castle View HS, Castle Rock, CO

Roger Felch and Christine Nichols are offering a free GIS workshop for K-12 Teachers this summer.  They have been awarded an Esri grant to offer a workshop to support the introduction of ArcGIS online and other geospatial technologies to K-12 classrooms throughout Colorado.  The workshop will familiarize K-12 teachers with ArcGIS software and its many classroom applications and support the development of lessons that will enhance curriculum through spatial problme solving.  Join us to begin or advance your proficiency with ArcGIS Online.  You can acquire and implement a FREE ArcGIS Online Organizational Account with Esri for you and your school.  This workshop will help you create a lesson using ArcGIS Online.  Current classroom teachers and Educators in school districts serving low income students will be given first priority.  Click on the link for more details and to register.  

Teaching Geography in the 21st Century

June 24th - July 28th, 2015, Online Course through eNet Learning

This course is designed to build geographic concepts, perspectives, and skills for those teaching Geography, as well as to those teaching other disciplines who seek to use geographic principles.  The goal of this course is to enable and equip educators to teach the subject of geography in engaging and informed ways.  It will also help educators and their students to understand why and how geography is relevant to 21st Century life.  The course will include population, land use, urban, economic, health, natural hazards, and other themes.  Running throughout the course will be a focus on scale, systems thinking (such as climate, watersheds, and energy systems), critical thinking, time and space, and place, through an inquiry-driven, hands-on, problem-based format.  It will also be beneficial as a refresher course to those who may have taught Geography in the past or who may be teaching it at the present time.  The course includes pedagogical strategies and technological tools to teach conceptual foundations, skills, and geographic perspectives.  Click here to register!

Integrating the Social Studies Across Colorado History

Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, 80203

Join us for professional development designed to enhance your skill in teaching the core concepts and tools from history, geography, economics and civics that are emphasized in Colorado's 4th grade Social Studies Standards. Four leading social studies organizations are collaborating to bring this day-long workshop to  elementary teachers. An expert in each subject area will help you understand how each discipline views the world and, more specifically, Colorado. Presentations will blend content and pedagogy and will share resources to take back to your classroom. Click on the link above for more details and to register.