Upcoming Events

WEDNESDAY, APR 25, 2018

4:00 PM

Chalkbeat office hours at Cowork Memphis
Join us for our April office hours... at our office! Come tell us what we should be writing about, and give feedback on our coverage. There will also be swag for those who bring a friend who signs up for our morning newsletter.
WHEN:

Apr. 25, 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

WHERE:

Cowork Memphis, 902 Cooper St, Memphis, TN 38104

THURSDAY, APR 26, 2018

4:00 PM

Early Childhood Education Design Conference
The 5th annual Early Childhood Education Design Conference will continue its tradition of bringing together internationally recognized experts and thought leaders to highlight best practices in evidence based design and education for early learners. For more information go to earlychildhooddesign.com
WHEN:

Apr. 26, 4:00 PM to Apr. 27, 4:30 PM

WHERE:

4/26 History Colorado 4/27 PPA Center

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Alan Ford of ECE Design Partners

720-961-9130

COST:

$195

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FRIDAY, APR 27, 2018

10:00 AM

Pueblo Military and Protective Services Career Exploration Workshop
As part of the College and Career Services at Generation Schools Network, MAPS Exploration Workshop is a one-day event in which students and their families explore all military and protective services careers. The purpose of the Workshop is to encourage students and parents to consider military & protective services as an achievable pathway to pursue after high school. This event will provide opportunities for them to directly communicate with members of each branch of the military through multiple interactive sessions. The Workshop will also lay out pathways for enlistment that outline how students can begin building their careers.
WHERE:

Pueblo West High School

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Serena Whitaker

3157049317

COST:

Free

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5:30 PM

DSST Public Schools: Annual Slice of Pi event
The annual Slice of Pi event supports DSST students by sustaining school operations such as technology, curriculum development, electives, and much more. This unique event brings together supporters, parents, students and staff for an evening of fun, interactive presentations and a program celebrating our entire community. Slice of Pi 2018 will honor Senator Michael Bennet for his support of DSST's mission to eliminate educational inequity in Denver and beyond. For questions or sponsorship information, please contact Bill Tortorici, Senior Manager of Individual Giving, at bill.tortorici@scienceandtech.org
WHERE:

DSST: Stapleton High School, 2000 Valentia Street Denver, CO, 80238

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Bill Tortorici

303-524-6363

COST:

$100 for an Individual Ticket, Sponsorships Available

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SATURDAY, APR 28, 2018

11:30 AM

Aurora S.T.E.A.M. Festival
S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. Aurora S.T.E.A.M. Festival is an excellent opportunity for elementary, middle and high school students to demonstrate their S.T.E.A.M. explorations in and out of the classroom and extensions of the inquiry process posed in their projects and demos. The Festival itself will offer a venue for students to showcase the fruits of their S.T.E.A.M. studies and hard work, professionals to show how S.T.E.A.M. is used to better our communities, and spectators to participate in hands-on experiments. The Festival will connect our schools to the community, our students to professionals, and generate interest and excitement for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics.
WHEN:

Apr. 28, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

WHERE:

Town Center at Aurora

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Lotus School for Excellence

(303)360-0052

COST:

FREE

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2:00 PM

CU Boulder Graduate Studies Open House
CU Boulder's School of Education offers flexible, evening Master's programs and Colorado's top-ranked graduate education program. Join us for an open house where you can explore our programs, connect with current students and faculty, take a tour of campus, and learn about financial aid, admissions, and flexible course schedules.
WHERE:

CU Boulder Education Building, Room 231

CONTACT INFORMATION:

CU Boulder School of Education

303-492-6937

COST:

Free and open to the public

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MONDAY, APR 30, 2018

10:00 AM

Good Eats: Healthy School Meals
Join Action for Healthy Kids, Colorado PTA and LiveWell Colorado to learn how school meal programs work and how parents can provide support and meaningful collaboration to create healthier school meals that kids want to eat. Participate in a taste test and equipment demo from LiveWell’s School Food Initiative and enjoy a complimentary lunch while you network with members of Colorado AFHK’s Parent Advisory Board and other healthy school food champions. For all interested parents and caregivers. This event will include Spanish interpretation. Learn more and register: ActionforHealthyKids.org/Denver-Parent-Workshop
WHEN:

Apr. 30, 10:00 AM to 2:30 PM

WHERE:

Lowry Conference Center 1061 Akron Way Denver, Colorado 80230

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Denise Marques

303-781-1705

COST:

Free

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6:00 PM

CEC5 Legal Rountable
The CEC5 Legal Roundtable is comprised of attorneys, elected officials, parent leaders, principals and parent coordinators from District 5. They gather every three months to share their insights and ideas on how to better support students and parents according to the New York State Department of Education Laws and the New York City Department of Education Chancellor’s Regulations.
WHEN:

Apr. 30, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

WHERE:

Interchurch Center, 475 Riverside Drive, NYC 1

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Diane Tinsley

(212) 222-1395 Ext. 2321

COST:

Free

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THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018

7:30 AM

Green Schools Conference and Expo
The Green Schools Conference & Expo (GSCE) is the premier education and engagement opportunity for leaders and advocates who are passionate about the future of healthy, sustainable schools throughout the country and around the world. GSCE is the only event to bring together all of the players involved in making green schools a reality: the people who lead, operate, build and teach in our nation’s schools. The 2018 GSCE will be held May 3-4 in Denver, CO, and co-located with Rocky Mountain Green, a regional sustainability conference. The event will feature pre-conference workshops and two days of conference programing, kicking off with an opening plenary headlined by the renowned author and pioneer of biophilic design, Janine Benyus. The 2018 conference will focus on ways to inspire students to create and innovate by focusing on the future, encouraging each to approach our global challenges as stewards of the earth, its resources, and its people. Experienced educators will address how green schools impact students and how sustainability efforts at school play an important part in equity and inclusion. Workshops and education sessions by passionate professionals will cover the latest trends and case studies in energy efficiency, facilities management, public health and sustainability education. GSCE is also proud to host a Student Summit, which brings together youth from around the nation who are committed to making an impact in their schools, communities and in the lives of others. Registration for the Student Summit is available through the general registration portal. Register today! Visit greenschoolsconference.org for more information.
WHEN:

May. 3, 7:30 AM to May. 4, 2:00 PM

WHERE:

Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Kristen Keim

8326330555

COST:

Pricing Varies

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5:30 PM

Pitch Night 2018, Memphis
Want to help select the next great entrepreneurial idea in Memphis? Want to help students reach their dreams? Join LITE on Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm to hear 36 amazing high school students pitch their entrepreneurial ideas to the community. Audience members will help in selecting thousands of dollars in additional funds for the student ideas. Tickets are free but we ask that you RSVP to reserve your seat as space is limited at the venue. From 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm, audience members will hear from 28 different students via elevator pitches at booths. From 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm, 8 finalists will pitch on stage to the community for the chance at funding.
WHERE:

Clayborn Temple, 290 Hernando St, Memphis, Tennessee 38126

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Let's Innovate through Education

COST:

Free

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6:00 PM

Upcycle fundraiser for RAFT
Raise a glass and come see what's UP at RAFT (Resource Area For Teaching)! At Upcycle, RAFT's primary fundraising event, we have transformed our 30,000 square-foot teacher resource center into an immersive, interactive environment where you can mess-about and casually mix and mingle with business leaders, philanthropists, and top-notch educators. Ditch the pantyhose and blacktie and come as you are—to experience the power and fun of hands-on learning. Our Honorees are Ronni McCaffrey & b Frank, Peder Hansen, Phyllis Lucas, and AT&T, celebrated for their service, dedication, and contributions to education. Open bar. Fantastic food by Sage Hospitality restaurants. Live Jazz by Keith Oxman Group. Valet by Jay’s Valet.
WHEN:

May. 3, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

WHERE:

RAFT Colorado, 3827 Steele Street, Denver, CO

CONTACT INFORMATION:

RAFT Colorado

720-242-8833

COST:

$80 General; $50 Teacher

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TUESDAY, MAY 8, 2018

9:30 AM

Strolling Thunder Colorado
Please join the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Clayton Early Learning on Tues May 8th from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for Strolling Thunder™ – a community play date, rally and march to raise awareness of issues facing expecting families, pregnant women, infants and toddlers and to encourage policymakers to make them a priority! Decisions that affect babies and families happen at all levels of government, not only in Washington, D.C. That's why Clayton Early Learning and Colorado Children's Campaign have partnered with ZERO TO THREE to bring Strolling Thunder™ to Colorado! We’re inviting expecting families, parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers and everyone who cares about Colorado’s youngest residents to pack up their strollers and join us on May 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for a stroll around the Capitol followed by a huge play date for babies, toddlers, and families. Strolling Thunder is a fun, family-friendly rally to encourage policymakers to Think Babies™ in support of stronger families, vibrant communities, and prosperity across the country! For more information about Strolling Thunder and Think Babies™, feel free to contact me at 303-620-4547 or jacy@coloradokids.org.
WHEN:

May. 8, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

WHERE:

Colorado State Capitol

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Jacy Montoya Price

3036204547

COST:

Free

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FRIDAY, MAY 11, 2018

7:00 PM

The Ultimate Recess, Memphis
Teach901 is capping off Teacher Appreciation Week by inviting educators to one last hurrah. Take a break from grading, grab some teacher friends, and join us at the Ultimate Recess at Railgarten on May 11th! The evening will feature food and drink specials in addition to an EPIC Silent Disco dance party. Let us know you're coming -> http://bit.ly/2qEFitO
WHERE:

Railgarten 2166 Central Ave., Memphis, Tennessee 38104

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Teach901

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SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2018

10:00 AM

ArtsFest 2018, Memphis
Join us at ArtsFest to celebrate student achievement in visual art, music, theatre, and dance! Lunch for students is provided, and we will have a selection of food trucks as well. There will also be art-making activities, a photo booth, and arts partners on hand to share their summer programming for students of all ages.
WHEN:

May. 12, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

WHERE:

Colonial Middle School 1370 Colonial Rd, Memphis, Tennessee 38117

CONTACT INFORMATION:

SCS Visual and Performing Arts

COST:

Free

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WEDNESDAY, JUN 13, 2018

8:30 AM

Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works – workshop
In this two-day interactive, hands-on PD session for teachers, instructional coaches, and principals, you'll learn the 9 best instructional strategies you can use to increase student learning, and you'll get more than 50 classroom-ready tools and learning activities aligned to those strategies. You'll also receive a copy of "Tools for Classroom Instruction That Works" and get online coaching during the 2018–19 school year. More info at http://www.mcrel.org/events .
WHEN:

Jun. 13, 8:30 AM to Jun. 14, 4:00 PM

WHERE:

McREL: 4601 DTC Blvd, Denver, 80237

CONTACT INFORMATION:

McREL International

303.632.5507

COST:

$399

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MONDAY, JUN 18, 2018

8:30 AM

Helping English Language Learners Flourish – workshop
This two-day professional learning workshop is designed to help all teachers—general education and ELL specialists alike—apply the most effective research-based instructional strategies to the five stages of language acquisition and develop students’ English language fluency during subject-matter instruction. Participants will receive a copy of -- and work through -- the book "Classroom Instruction That Works with English Language Learners" and receive online coaching during the 2018–19 school year. For more info, please visit http://www.mcrel.org/events .
WHEN:

Jun. 18, 8:30 AM to Jun. 19, 4:00 PM

WHERE:

McREL: 4601 DTC Blvd, Denver, 80237

CONTACT INFORMATION:

McREL International

303.632.5507

COST:

$399

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WEDNESDAY, JUN 20, 2018

8:30 AM

School Leadership That Works – workshop
Discover the school leadership responsibilities that research reveals to have the strongest connections to better student achievement. You'll learn practical strategies to develop a purposeful, positive school community, initiate and manage changes within your school, and focus your leadership on what matters most. This three-day professional learning session is designed for current and aspiring principals, assistant principals, and central office leaders. For more info, visit http://www.mcrel.org/events .
WHEN:

Jun. 20, 8:30 AM to Jun. 22, 4:00 PM

WHERE:

McREL: 4601 DTC Blvd, Denver, 80237

CONTACT INFORMATION:

McREL International

303.632.5507

COST:

$499

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MONDAY, JUN 25, 2018

8:00 AM

Mindfulness and SEL Strategies for Wellness Institute
Mindfulness and social and emotional learning (SEL) continue to be extremely important and relevant to students and educators alike, especially as more and more schools take the initiative to focus on the implications of emotionally-developed students. At their core, mindfulness and SEL might seem similar, but the two have distinct purposes, ideologies, frameworks and strategies which support personal growth in a variety of ways. Both support self-awareness and emotional development, and it can be powerful to explore them in tandem. This institute is designed to support educators with the research and tools they need to successfully implement strategies and practices, with their students, that focus on developing the skills necessary to managing emotions and being mindfully aware of the impact those emotions have on daily life. This starts with educators who are not only knowledgeable about the practices -- like feeling and sharing empathy, making informed decisions based on managed emotions and setting positive goals -- but who also embrace the benefits of implementing said practices into their daily lives. Topics and Questions Covered: What is SEL and how is it beneficial to students’ learning environments and to their future careers? What is mindfulness and how does it breed self-awareness? How can mindful practices and SEL concepts be developed to help students understand why they react the way they do, and how to respond with intention? How can educators embody these mindful practices and ultimately teach their students how to do the same? How are these concepts and strategies relevant beyond the school environment (i.e. interpersonal relationships and career readiness)? How does focusing on the adoption of these strategies result in an enhanced ability to deal with the rigors associated with reaching academic goals? Who should attend this Institute? Any educator, or school mental-health professional, who is interested in mindfulness and SEL practices for themselves and their students Instructional coaches who want to support adult learners in their quest to develop these skills themselves Administrators who wish to bring a more advanced understanding of SEL and a culture of mindfulness to their schools Teams of educators who want proven strategies that work to bring these mindsets to their school, at every level. Anyone outside of education interested in developing a deeper understanding of mindfulness and SEL and it’s benefits in work environments Participants of this institute will leave with a deep understanding of how SEL and mindfulness can impact the lives of their students in profound ways, and help them develop into emotionally aware individuals who thrive in their environments. If you’re seeking to further your knowledge of mindfulness and SEL and how both relate to the emotional well-being of students, this institute is for you. When: Monday, June 25 - Friday, June 29, 8:00am-4:30pm Where: 455 South Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80226 Cost: $500/early bird pricing (through 12/31/17) and $625/per person regular pricing Register here: http://bit.ly/mindfulnessselinstitute1
WHEN:

Jun. 25, 8:00 AM to Jun. 29, 4:30 PM

WHERE:

455 South Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80226

CONTACT INFORMATION:

mindSpark Learning

(303) 963-5390

COST:

$500/early bird pricing (through 12/31/17) and $625/per person regular pricing

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MONDAY, JUL 23, 2018

8:00 AM

Education Technology Integration Institute
Emerging technology in education follows the same trend as all forms of technology -- it’s constantly improving and features an array of functions that are certainly useful to those utilizing it; however, the ways it can be used are seemingly endless, and giving it purpose in learning environments can be difficult. This institute will support educators in mitigating the inevitable learning curve associated with some of the emerging technology in education. Participants will also be tasked with reassessing some of the tech that has been moved out of the circle of “innovative” and into to the area of “obsolete”, and discover new ways to use this tech in their school or classroom. Ultimately, this institute will cover technology in many areas -- from Raspberry Pis to Google Classroom, to cutting edge robotics like Sphero and Dash and Dot, to QR Codes, to Osmo for iPhones and iPads and tons of other tech -- and leverage expert facilitators, all while exploring how education technology can be integrated into learning environments to increase student engagement exponentially. Topics and Questions Covered: Computer science skill development in tandem with the use of robotics technology and cutting-edge apps built to develop these skills in students. Apps, programs and websites designed specifically for the implementation of gamification learning strategies in your school or classroom. Reassess tech that has been written off as no longer useful to education, or in its own right, and explore some truly innovative ways to use what’s been deemed as lacking innovation. Tech built to support educators in working collaboratively with one another, and to also aid them in the organization of class curriculum and materials necessary to their learning outcomes. Tech built to help educators automate certain aspects of their workflow, and create a more streamlined process that will help them save time. How is emerging technology, and tech on the horizon, integral to the future careers of students? Leverage the support of industry partners who are witnessing the implications of a technology-driven world first-hand. Who should attend this Institute? Any educator interested in leveraging unused technology in their school or classroom to design new curriculum strategies, and ultimately increase student engagement by using education technology to their advantage Instructional coaches who seek a deeper understanding of education technology and new insights pertaining to how it can be used in the learning environments they are trying to help their adult learners cultivate Administrators who desire a more focused approach to education technology in their school, but may not know the best ways to proceed Teams of educators in schools who are looking to approach the use of technology in their school from all angles, and want a calculated investigation of its uses, especially with how it pertains to student learning Anyone outside of education interested in developing a deeper understanding of technology and it’s benefits in work environments Participants of this institute will leave with a deeper knowledge of some of the most relevant technology currently available to education, and how it can be implemented in both specific and broad ways to ultimately increase student engagement. If you’re interested in education technology at any level -- novice or expert -- this institute is for you. When: Monday, July 23 - Friday, July 27, 8:00am-4:30pm Where: 455 South Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80226 Cost: $500/early bird pricing (through 12/31/17) and $625/per person regular pricing Register here: http://bit.ly/techinstitute1
WHEN:

Jul. 23, 8:00 AM to Jul. 27, 4:30 PM

WHERE:

455 South Pierce Street, Lakewood, CO 80226

CONTACT INFORMATION:

mindSpark Learning

(303) 963-5390

COST:

$500/early bird pricing (through 12/31/17) and $625/per person regular pricing

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