Program Details:

Climate Education and Resiliency for Denver Public Schools

This project extends climate and energy education research of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) and the School of Education into diverse schools in the Denver Public School District (DPSD) and Denver charter schools to develop Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) congruent units of climate education focused on sustainability and resiliency.

The project will help Denver teachers to develop and use NGSS classroom assessments to support teaching and learning. A dialogue process will be implemented for teachers and youth within selected schools to identify priorities and opportunities for sustainability focused planning and action, and professional development for a larger group of district teachers.

Three professional development workshops will take place at schools in Denver to provide learning resources for middle and high school teachers and to help develop capacity for the State of Colorado to approve new educational standards in science.

In Spring 2017 Denver teachers will pilot the middle, high school, and design challenge units in their classrooms. In Fall 2017 the units will be piloted again in Denver classrooms and in other classrooms in the Front Range. After revision following the pilots, the units will be disseminated through NGSS curriculum platforms.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group.


In Colorado

  • Denver

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • CIRES Education and Outreach Group
  • CUB School of Education
  • California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Denver Public Schools

Sponsoring Units

Research Institutes & Centers

  • Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)

Program Contact

Susan M. Sullivan
Director, Education and Outreach, CIRES, University of Colorado, Boulder

Program Categories


  • Climate Change
  • Diversity
  • Education (K-12)
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Science
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)
  • Sustainability and Energy
  • Teacher Renewal & Enhancement

Program Types:

  • Lesson Plans/Teaching Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Professional Development - Teacher
  • Workshop


  • Students - High School
  • Students - Middle School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School
  • Urban Communities

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