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Science Institute

Ignite students’ passion for and understanding of science!

In this institute you will learn to create engaging, inquiry-based learning experiences that generate interest in and understanding of the big ideas of science.

We’ll explore how to design learning experiences that integrate the Next Generation Science Standards’ Science & Engineering Practices, along with thinking strategies, in order to increase student engagement and deepen understanding.

February 13-14, 2018

Optional Lab Day: February 15, 2018

Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Perfect for
Teachers, K-12 Curriculum
Leaders & Instructional Coaches
Assistant Principals & Principals
District-based Leaders

Rates will be published soon.

Optional Lab day, $195 per person

Earn continuing Education Credit from
Colorado Department of Education
for completing the institute

Registration will open soon! Contact us if you would like to be notified when registration opens.

Learning Objectives


Explore how the Next Generation Science Standards Science & Engineering Practices can be seamlessly addressed within inquiry-based instruction


Investigate how to facilitate classroom discourse that develops rich questions and deep thinking


Experience the symbiotic relationship between literacy instruction and conceptual understanding in science


Develop skills for differentiating and engaging all learners in purposeful and meaningful work as independent thinkers and scientists


Learn to foster student independence with explicit thinking strategy instruction


Set learning goals and explore backwards planning as a strategy for designing engaging projects that catalyze students’ thinking and understanding as scientists.

PEBC Lab Classroom

See excellent science instruction in action.

In each PEBC Lab classroom, participants will spend the morning observing the instruction and learning taking place in that classroom. With the lab classroom host and a PEBC staff developer, participants will spend the afternoon debriefing their observation reading professional literature, and reflecting on the implications for their own classroom practice.

One day in a PEBC Lab Classroom is included as part of this institute.

Event facilitators

Wendy Ward Hoffer, M.A.
PEBC Director of Education

Hoffer works with math and science teachers at all levels to promote student thinking and understanding in their content areas. She travels both across Colorado and nationally to facilitate professional learning and coach teachers interested in elevating their STEM pedagogy. Hoffer is the author of Science as Thinking (Heinemann, 2009), Minds on Mathematics (Heinemann, 2012), and Developing Literate Mathematicians (forthcoming from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics).

Hoffer brings over twenty years of experience that includes teaching math and science in elementary and middle school. Prior to her work with PEBC, Hoffer earned National Board Certification while teaching middle school math and science in one of Denver’s Expeditionary Learning schools. She attended Dartmouth College and earned her Master’s in Education from Stanford University.

Jeff Cazier, M.A.

A Prairie Middle School science teacher in Cherry Creek School District and PEBC lab host.  Jeff earned his M.A. in Instructional Technology from the University of Colorado at Denver and has been teaching middle school science for nearly twenty years. He has been featured in the ASCD video Classroom Instruction that Works.

Registration also includes

Science As Thinking:

The Constants & Variable of Inquiry Thinking

by Wendy Ward Hoffer

Breakfast and Lunch on Institute days
Lunch only on Lab Classroom Day

Certificate of attendance for CDE credit

Online Registration Form for Graduate Credit

Registration will open soon! Would you like to be notified when registration opens?

More Information

For more information contact
Hannah Popkin
[email protected]

Nearby Lodging

To be Determined

Cancellations & refunds

Registration fees for professional development events cancelled or rescheduled by PEBC, for reasons other than weather or acts of God, are fully refundable. Seat(s) cancelled by registrant with less than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event are not refundable. Registrant is responsible for 50% of the registration fee for any seat(s) cancelled with more than 60 days notice from the start date of the professional development event. Unused seat(s) (no-shows) will be considered a cancellation by the registrant and are non-refundable. Registrant is responsible for all costs incurred due to cancellation, regardless of cancellation reason.

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