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Teaching and Learning CoLabs

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Save the Dates!

The dates and host sites for this summer's Teaching and Learning CoLabs are:

  • Thursday, June 1: Grand Junction, hosted by Colorado Mesa University
  • Wednesday, June 14: Greeley, hosted by the University of Northern Colorado
  • Friday, June 23: Pueblo, hosted by CSU Pueblo

Registration will be open in late March but if you are interested in attending, please complete this interest form to stay updated.

What is a Teaching and Learning CoLab?

Teaching and Learning CoLabs are locally hosted, multi-disciplinary events following a model developed and supported by the Colorado Department of Education. As the name suggests, these events are focused on teaching and learning and are designed for collaboration. Each one brings together stakeholders in K-12, higher education, Colorado's professional teaching organizations, and the Colorado Department of Education.

Who should attend?

Schools are encouraged to form teams that attend a CoLab, with teachers spanning across grades and content areas, along with instructional coaches, curriculum specialists, and building-level administrators. Our target attendance is 200 to 300 attendees per CoLab, with approximately 40% elementary teachers, 40% secondary teachers, and 20% administrators and C&I support staff.

How will attending a CoLab benefit me? How will it benefit my team?

CoLabs are being co-designed by multiple partner organizations to help shape the event into something meaningful and sustainable for teachers and educators across the state. The schedule allows both elementary and secondary teachers to dig into these content areas in 2023:

  • English Language Arts (Reading, Writing, and Communicating)
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Computer Science
  • Social Studies
  • The Arts (Dance, Drama & Theatre, Music, and Visual Arts)

In addition, leaders and instructional coaches can attend these sessions or a program strand designed for school leaders. At the end of the day, school teams will come together for a facilitated hour of planning where they can make sense of the ideas from the day and consider how to carry them forward into the 2023-2024 school year.

What is the cost to attend? How do I register?

CoLabs are free to attend, although you will be responsible for your travel and any lodging you may need. Each CoLab site page will have registration and suggested travel information.

2022 CoLabs Review

In June of 2022, the inaugural Teaching and Learning CoLabs were held in Grand Junction, Greeley, and Pueblo. Read the 2022 review for a summary of the events and their impact.

Cover image for the 2022 CoLabs review

Read the 2022 Review

2023 CoLab Dates and Locations

Teaching and Learning CoLab Grand Junction logo

Teaching and Learning CoLab Greeley logo

Teaching and Learning CoLab Pueblo logo

Grand Junction CoLab

Date: Thursday, June 1

Grand Junction CoLab

Greeley CoLab

Date: Wednesday, June 14

Greeley CoLab

Pueblo CoLab

Date: Friday, June 23

Pueblo CoLab

Contact

For general questions and answers about Teaching and Learning CoLabs, contact Samantha Messier (messier_s@cde.state.co.us), director of CDE's Office of Standards and Instructional Support. For site-specific questions, contact information will be listed under each CoLab site page.