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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.

 A Framework for K-12 Science Education, released by the National Research Council (NRC) in July 2011, identifies the key scientific ideas and practices all students should learn by the end of high school. 

Important Announcements

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

The 2016-2017 PAEMST will honor outstanding 7-12 grade teachers; don’t miss out on this wonderful opportunity to honor our nation’s greatest educators!  Nominate a teacher now.

CONGRATULATIONS to Dawn Bauer, Denver Public Schools, and Jessica Noffsinger, Adams 12 School District, for their selection as National PAEMST Awardees for 2014 and 2015 respectively.

Presidential Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) and Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators (PIAEE) 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House Council on Environmental Quality, recognized 18 teachers and 63 students from across the country for their outstanding contributions to environmental education and stewardship. Of those selected, two teachers and two students were from Colorado.

CONGRATULATIONS to the two teachers, Heather Berry, Highlands Ranch High School, and Monika Cloys, Lake County High School, and the student teams from Lake County Schools and Mackintosh Academy!

National Youth Science Camp 

The 2017 National Youth Science Camp application is now open!  Please encourage HS Seniors to apply for this wonderful summer opportunity. 

New Science PLC Bytes available

Guides to the Colorado Academic Standards Now Available in Spanish! 

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!

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For website assistance in Science, please contact Joanna Bruno.

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