The Literacy Practicum
The Literacy Practicum (LING 1900) is an outreach program sponsored by the CU Boulder Linguistics Department. We collaborate with Boulder community partners to provide support to elementary school children learning to read and to people of all ages learning English. The program matches CU Literacy Practicum volunteers, or “Buff Buddies,” to literacy and language learners in the Front Range area...
A pilot Colorado-Brazil Program on Sustainable Development Education
This project responds to a direct request from the Acre Government and the Federal University of Acre (UFAC), Brazil to join with the University of Colorado Boulder (UCB) to establish a robust education and exchange program focused on interdisciplinary forest-based natural resource management. The project will unite professors and students from across UCB and UFAC, and high-level decision-makers and civil servants in the Acre Government...
A Year in the Ice: Bringing the MOSAiC Arctic research expedition into classrooms
MOSAiC (Multidisciplinary Drifting Observatory for the Study of Arctic Climate) is a 13-month international research expedition in the Arctic that will involve our 500 scientists and 19 nations. The expedition, which will take place between September 2019 and October 2020, is led by the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) with key support from the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), a partnership of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)...
Accountability and Assessments in Small Rural School Districts
Our 2019-2020 Place-Based Partnership project, “Accountability and Assessments in Small Rural School Districts,” connects CU Boulder’s School of Education with district and teacher leadership in the Otis R-3 School District and other communities in Northeast Colorado. Our project builds on collaborative work undertaken with the Otis district in the 2018-2019 school year...
Acequia Assistance Project
Acequia is an Arabic word that means "water bearer." An acequia is a physical irrigation system - a ditch -- but the term "acequia" in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado also describes a philosophy about water and community. That philosophy encompasses the concept that water is so essential to life that it is a communal resource, one which must be shared...
Adaptation and Variation in Colorado mammals: A new classroom kit for 4th grade
We are working to develop a new "Classroom Kit" for 4th grade classrooms to learn about Biological evolution-variation and adaptation-through exploring the natural history of native Colorado mammals. Classroom Kits, as developed by the CU Museum of Natural History, are collections of materials and activities on a particular theme. They allow students to perform hands-on investigations of objects that they would normally never have access to at school and the materials get to stay with teachers permanently...
Adaptation and Variation: Colorado Animals and Plants
Adaptation and Variation: Colorado Animals and Plants (recommended for 3rd - 5th grades)
How do different animals adapt to their environment? What are ways we classify plants and animals? Explore the structure and function, interaction and interdependence of life all around us in this hands-on guided program.
Guided programs at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History on the CU-Boulder campus are designed as interactive and hands-on learning experiences where students use objects, inquiry, and critical thinking skills to discover, wonder and reflect...
Advancing Algebra with Active Learning: Research in Action
The Boulder Valley School District is concerned by a passing rate of only 65% in 9th grade Algebra I. This 35% failure rate includes a disproportionate number of minority students.
The goal of Advancing Algebra is to develop, implement, and assess active learning strategies for improving this passing rate. Active learning is a focus of Professor Eric Stade's collaborative research with the School of Education...
Alternative Breaks, a program of the Volunteer Resource Center, sends teams of college students to engage in community-based service projects during academic breaks. Students learn about the problems faced by members of communities with whom they may otherwise have had little or no direct contact. This immersion in diverse environments enables students to experience, discuss, and understand social issues in a significant way, ultimately, moving students towards action in making a positive impact in their own communities...
Alumni Association of University of Colorado at Boulder
When you set foot on the CU-Boulder campus as a student, you also become a part of the #ForeverBuffs family which receives benefits from the Alumni Association - all without paying any dues! Here are just a few of those perks:
Alumni Chapters: Whether you're staying in Colorado, traveling in the U.S. or abroad, contact one of our alumni chapters to meet other #ForeverBuffs for help with your career or for fun social outings...
American Indian Law Clinic: Tribal Outreach Projects
The American Indian Law Clinic Tribal Outreach Projects provide free, pro bono legal services to tribal communities, while giving students the opportunity to meaningfully interface with community members and leaders and have access and exposure to the real-life environment where Indian law issues have an impact. In the American Indian Law Clinic, students learn about and work on behalf of tribal communities on a variety of projects involving federal Indian law and legal systems in Indian Country...
American Music Research Center
The American Music Research Center (AMRC) is a rare music repository dedicated to exploring and celebrating the rich traditions of American music. We are a joint venture between the University Libraries and the College of Music devoted to discovering, sharing, and preserving American music of all kinds: classical, popular, and traditional. As a repository of precious and unique music materials, the AMRC seeks to preserve American music and enhance its cultural and transformational potential for future generations...
Animal Adaptation Hands-on Workshop
Animal Adaptaion Hands-on Workshop (recommended for 3rd - 5th grades)
Explore skulls and tracks to learn about the characteristics, adaptations, and variation of Colorado animals. Students make their own animal track to take home.
Workshops are offered in conjunction with guided programs to provide a more in-depth learning experience; students will create an object of their own to take home...
Animating Fossils Through Performance in Jefferson County Schools
Shine is a musical performance created by Beth Osnes that weaves together climate science and artistic expression into a funny and powerful story that spans 300 million years of geological time. Fossils in the Classroom is five-lesson hands-on science curriculum created by James Hakala, that engages students and teachers in the study of fossils and aims to get students turned on to science through paleontology...
Art Meets Science: Teaching 3D Modeling of Cell Structures to Middle School Students
The importance of integrating visual and spatial skills to engage learners has been well documented. Children are visual and creative beings, and it follows that teaching science in a visual-spatial environment will aid in their ability to learn and help them become excited about science. In this project, we offer a unique outreach opportunity to blend art with science by partnering with a St...
As One: Authenticity, Compassion, and a Transgender Story
This program aims to demonstrate how storytelling, particularly through music, cultivates opportunities for discussion and learning by bringing the chamber opera As One to the Boulder community. It highlights the ways in which artists use their craft not only to express experience, but to share that experience with the purpose of generating a sociocultural dialogue...
Assessing Drinking Water Quality on Colorado's Western Slope
The goal of this project was to assist in a study of risks to privately-owned, unregulated drinking water wells in six counties on the Colorado's Western Slope. The study is entering its third year of funding provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and it is directed by Kenneth Nordstrom, the director of Environmental Health at the Health Department of Delta County...
Astronomy Day at CU
Every year for the past decade, Sommers-Bausch Observatory and Fiske Planetarium have opened their doors to the public for a free, day-long CU Astronomy Day celebration. The Saturday date varies from year to year, but is usually held during the last two weeks in April shortly before school lets out. Activities begin around noon and continue through the late evening hours...
Attention, Behavior, and Learning Clinic
The Attention, Behavior, and Learning (ABL) Clinic in the CU Department of Psychology provides affordable, comprehensive evaluations for children and adolescents in Boulder and surrounding communities. The program specializes in assessment of learning differences, attention problems, and other cognitive, emotional, or behavioral difficulties. We offer a limited number of scholarship slots so that we are able to serve a diverse group of families...
This is an outreach program that meets a requirement for a course taught in the School of Education. The collaboration involves sending CU-Boulder students that are participating in the Knowing and Learning teacher licensure course to various middle and high schools in BVSD to serve as AVID tutors. AVID is a nationwide program designed to provide extra academic support for first-generation college bound high school students who show promise in their academic careers...