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Beyond the Classroom

Exploring Environmental Issues | October 24-25, 2022

Beyond the Classroom is a 2-day professional development workshop for 4th-12th grade classroom teachers held in Keystone, Colorado. Teachers will receive curriculum and training to explore local and regional issues using Keystone Science School’s non-biased framework. Participating teachers will receive training and a complete set of lesson plans allowing teachers to facilitate an issues-based curriculum within their classroom.

Teachers will learn how to identify stakeholders, conduct a field-based research project, and gain background information to support policy recommendations within a chosen environmental issue. The closing activity will be a “Town Hall Meeting” which will allow students to collaborate across differing opinions as they develop policy recommendations within the topic they are exploring. We will be using the regional issue of water management in a demonstration of our issues-based curriculum. CEU’s will be available to all teachers through the Colorado School of Mines.


When: October 24-25, 2022
Who: 4th-12th Grade Teachers
Where: Keystone Science School
Rate: $150 (Plus Processing Fee)
CEUs Available

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Program Schedule

We will be utilizing Keystone Science School's 10 step framework for exploring environmental issues (PDF).

7:30am Arrival & Breakfast (provided)
8am Training Orientation
9am Exploring Positions & Interests
9:30am Introducing an Opinion
10:15am Break
10:30am Defining Stakeholders within an Issue
12pm Lunch (provided)
12:30pm Analyzing Stakeholders
1:30pm Classroom Planning: Transfer Learning to Your Classroom
1:45pm Break
2pm Field Trip: Research & Water Testing
4:30pm Break
5pm Dinner (provided)
6:30pm Mine History Tour & Free Time in Breckenridge
7:30am Breakfast (provided)
8am Day 1 Reflection and Classroom Planning
9am Exploring Issues in Your Community
10am Collaboration vs. Competition
11am Town Hall Meeting: Building Consensus
12:30pm Lunch (provided)
1:15pm Stakeholder Action Plans
2:45pm Classroom Planning: Transfer Learning to Your Classroom
3:30pm Classroom Planning Presentation and Program Debrief
4:30pm Program Ends

Logistics: Meals & Lodging

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Teachers will be provided all meals throughout the training which starts with breakfast on the first day and ends with lunch on the final day. We have a full-service kitchen capable of meeting any dietary restrictions of participating teachers.

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Lodging is included with the program. Teachers are welcome to arrive on the evening prior to programming and stay an additional night departing on the morning of the day following programming. All teachers will be provided a bunk within our spacious dorms and will be assigned to a room. Please note that you will have a roommate of your same gender. Within the registration process, you are welcome to make roommate requests if you are traveling with a co-teacher. Take a virtual tour of the dorms.

Continuing Education Units

Teachers can receive 1.0 CEU’s for participation in this training through the Colorado School of Mines. There is an additional cost of $55 for the CEU’s and teachers must pay by check on the last day of the training.

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