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    • 01 Jun 2022

    The University of Northern Colorado is offering a paid professional development opportunity to help you teach sustainability with engaging, interactive maps and field tools.  This year-long institute focuses on a key 21st Century challenge – sustainability.  If you are a middle or high school social science or natural science teacher in Colorado who is looking to master geographic inquiries in sustainability using interactive, flexible web-based GIST, this is the PD for you! 


    Participants will receive $720 for completing the yearlong institute and be able to earn up to four graduate credits through UNC ($65 per credit).  Phase one will begin on 1 June 2022 as an online workshop.  Phases two and three will continue throughout the 2022-23 academic year. 


    In order to learn more, please go to the institute website at UNC.  Participation is limited to 20 teachers.  In order to apply, please use the link on the website. 


    Please reply with any questions.   I along with 2 wonderful colleagues (a university professor and a high school teacher) will be the institute’s instructors.

    Joseph Kerski

    Joseph J. Kerski, Ph.D., GISP | Education Manager

    Esri | 167 S. Taylor Avenue | Louisville CO 80027-3025 | USA 

    T 909-369-8237 | M 303 625 3925 | jkerski@esri.com | esri.com

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    • 06 Jun 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 07 Jun 2022
    • 3:15 PM
    • Fort Lewis College, Durango Colorado

    We are delighted to offer the first day of this PD for free to current members of the Colorado Council for the Social Studies. If you are not currently a member, you can attend and receive one year of membership for a total of $25. June 6th will be workshops at Fort Lewis College in Durango. 

    June 7th is an optional full day of  a Geo Inquiry experience at the Ute Mountain Tribal Park near Durango. The first 25 members to register can enjoy this day for only $20.00 - space is limited. 

    Participants for day 2 must be physically able to hike 4 miles and climb ladders. Please bring your own water, lunch, and sunscreen with you and be prepared for hiking. 

    Please see this link for a detailed agenda.

    • 13 Jun 2022
    • 7:30 AM
    • 15 Jun 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

    GeoCivics: The Politics and Geographies of America’s Electoral System

    A Three-Day Summer Institute June 13-15, 2022, CO Springs


    Funded bWilliam E. Hewit Institute for History and Social Science Education


    Registration: https://forms.gle/bDpEjf5y28AXnmyY8 Please register by April 15, 2022

    Who: Secondary Teachers & Pre-service Teachers of Civics, Geography, History, and Math 

    When: June 13 - 15, 2021, 7:30 am – 5 pm 

    Where: University of Colorado, Colorado Springs


    What: Institute provides in-depth, hands-on exposure to historical analysis, spatial thinking, and instructional techniques focused on the challenges of creating fair electoral districts, using Colorado as a case study. Teachers will gain insight into how political scientists, geographers, mathematicians, and public officials engage in conversation about representation in a modern democratic republic. The process of drawing electoral districts is a gateway for discussing geography, demographics, and political systems and an opportunity to introduce your students to the importance of geospatial technology and geographic information systems.

    • Timely professional development focused on misunderstood aspects of electoral policy and history important to all Americans
    • Guidance on using GIS/ArcGIS tools for election issues and any type of problem-based investigation
    • 2 hours of graduate credit from UNC available ($130)
    • Registration, breakfast, lunch, and materials provided
    • Stipend of $500 upon submission of two lesson plans by July 31, 2022; guidelines provided at Institute 


    Agenda Includes:

    • Constitutional guidelines and historical changes to redistricting
    • Reapportionment and consequences for the Electoral College 
    • Gerrymandering: race, partisanship, & the role of the judicial system
    • Colorado demographics and 2020 Census data 
    • Seeing electoral districts as a mathematical problem 
    • GIS in education, Esri GeoInquiries, and National Geographic Geo-Inquiry Process
    • Teaching government functions and geographic perspectives in the secondary classroom 
    • GeoCivics activities and resources 
    • Cross-disciplinary ideas for teaching elections and government 
    • Guidelines for teaching contentious issues
    • Guidelines for lesson plans and time to begin lesson-plan creation



    • Dr. Gregory Williams, Dept. of Political Science & Intl. Affairs, University of Northern Colorado
    • Dr. Rebecca Theobald, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, UCCS
    • Dr. Beth Malmskog, Department of Mathematics, Colorado College
    • Dr. Phil Klein, Department of Geography, GIS, and Sustainability, University of Northern Colorado
    • Chris Elnicki, Executive Director, Colorado Center for Civic Learning & Engagement
    • Matt Gottfried, Geospatial Technology Specialist, University of Colorado Colorado Springs
    • Guest speakers include Carlos Perez, CO Independent Legislative Commission, Anton Schulzki, Palmer High School & NCSS President, as well as policymakers, government officials, and community members



    Questions? Contact Dr. Phil Klein at phil.klein@unco.edu

    • 01 Aug 2022
    • 03 Aug 2022
    • virtual


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