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The Science standards reflect a new vision for science education that connects scientific knowledge, in authentic ways, to real-world problem solving and innovation. The standards forefront scientific practices that use and go beyond the inquiry process to arrive at reasoned and justifiable rationales for interpretations of phenomena/events.

Important Announcements

Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)

The 2015-2016 PAEMST will honor outstanding K-6 grade teachers; don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to honor our nation’s greatest educators!  Nominate a teacher now.

President's Environmental Youth Award

The President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) recognizes outstanding environmental projects by K-12 youth. The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement.

Applications are due December 31, 2015. A regional panel will review applications from each of EPA’s 10 regions. Up to two winners will be selected from each region – one for Grades K-5 and one for Grades 6-12.

Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program Accepting Applications for 2016-2017 Fellowship Year

The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program provides a unique opportunity for accomplished K-12 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) educators to serve 11 months in a Federal agency or U.S. Congressional office. Einstein Fellows bring their extensive classroom knowledge and experience to their host offices to inform Federal STEM education efforts. Application Deadline: Nov. 19, 2015, at 8 p.m. EST

The Verizon Innovative App Challenge The Verizon Foundation’s Innovative Apps Challenge is still accepting submissions for K-12 students until November 24, 2015. 

Now Available in Spanish! Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards

To help families and communities better understand the goals and outcomes of the Colorado Academic Standards, kindergarten through high school guides are available for all content areas.

Instructional Unit Samples

Colorado teacher-authored instructional units are on our website. Hundreds of teachers from 116 school districts participated in workshops for the creation of Colorado Academic Standards-based curriculum overviews and instructional units. 

Fast Facts: Science

If you are new to Colorado or are just interested in learning about the overarching headlines regarding Science education, this one page reference sheet is a good place to begin! Use the navigation links on the right side to read even more about the exciting world of Science education in Colorado!


For website assistance in Science, please contact Joanna Bruno.

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