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2024 Teaching and Learning CoLab: Sterling, May 29-30

In cooperation with the Northeast BOCES and Northeastern Junior College, the 2024 Teaching and Learning CoLab will be held in Sterling on May 29-30.

Program and Registration on Sched

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 about 200 attendees per CoLab, with a balance of elementary teachers, secondary teachers, administrators and, others who support teaching and learning.

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

CoLabs are 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:

  • English Language Arts (Reading, Writing, and Communicating)
  • Financial Literacy
  • 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.

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. The CoLab Sched site will have suggested travel information.

As each CoLab has limited space for participants, we want to ensure that everyone who registers attends the event. We encourage registration from participants who can commit to attending the full day. We understand that some changes may arise and we will work with you to adjust your registration if event capacity becomes an issue.

Is there credit available?

Participants attending for both days will receive 12 CDE certificate hours. In addition, we are working to create an opportunity to receive credit from Northeastern Junior College.

Past Teaching and Learning CoLabs

The 2023 Teaching and Learning CoLabs were held again in Grand Junction, Greeley, and Pueblo. Site materials are available on each Sched website:

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.

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To access the 2022 CoLab program and session materials, visit the 2022 Sched sites:

Read the 2022 Review

Teaching and Learning CoLab Partners

The Teaching and Learning CoLabs are a collaborative event that does not belong to any one organization. The following partners were instrumental in the planning and delivery of the 2024 Teaching and Learning CoLabs.

Site Partner

The Teaching and Learning CoLab site partners provide support by providing the facilities and amenities needed to host successful events for hundreds of teachers across the state.

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Northeastern Junior College

Program Partner

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Northeast Colorado BOCES

Logistical Support

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Colorado Department of Education

The Colorado Department of Education supports the Teaching and Learning CoLabs by providing funding, coordinating marketing and registration, and handling other logistical support.


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