Honors Opportunity 1.27.21

Have you considered joining the McBride Honors Program? Through the program, you can earn a minor in public affairs with honors distinction, and several Teach@Mines courses count for McBride credit! This includes our current courses for the term, SCED 262 and SCED 398. 

If you are interested in the McBride Honors Program, they are hosting a virtual open house on Thursday 2/4 and Friday 2/5 for you to learn more about the program, classes, and community! Students in the McBride program take signature interdisciplinary humanities classes and explore the world with the mindset of a global citizen as they earn a 21-credit minor in public affairs with honors distinction.

If you are interested or curious, drop into the virtual open house and find out more –including information and inquiries about applying for the 2021 cohort:

Thursday 2/4, 8:00-10am / 4:00-6:00pm
Friday 2/5, 8:00-10am / 3:00-5:00pm
Zoom link:

If you are registered (or would like to register) for SCED 262 or SCED 398 and receive McBride honors credit, please let Melanie from the McBride program know by sending her a quick email. 

Fellowship Opportunity 1.26.21

Generation Teach is offering summer fellowships to students who are interested in teaching! The fellowship includes coaching, teaching experience, and a $2800 scholarship. The first deadline is February 5.

Generation Teach Summer Teaching Fellowship Overview
Have you ever thought about teaching? Want to give it a try? If so, the GT Summer Teaching Fellowship is for you. Generation Teach partners with local schools to provide undergraduate students with high-quality teaching experiences. The fellowship includes two weeks of training and six weeks of teaching small groups of middle-school students. Fellows receive daily coaching and support and a $2,800 scholarship. Deadlines are the 5th of each month through May. Fellowships fill quickly. Learn more here. Fellowships fill quickly; apply here!

Job Opportunity 1.11.21

Jefferson County Public Health educational campaign where you can earn $15/hour for up to 200 hours!

Recently Jefferson County Public Health received a grant to support youth work on healthy beverage education.  A student intern is needed to help develop an educational campaign to raise awareness about the intersection between structural racism, marketing of sugary drinks, health outcomes of sugary drink consumption, and increased risk of COVID-19 illness and complications. The campaign will primarily focus on Golden so they think it would be great to work with a Mines student.

All the work will be done online, including meetings. Currently, they estimate a 10 hour/week commitment, but they can also be flexible given the current instability with school situations.  If you are interested, please email Allyson Goto at Jefferson County Public Health:

Opportunities 1.4.21

Interested in substitute teaching?

  • Being a substitute teacher could be a great opportunity for you if you are interested in careers in education and want to get hands-on experience. If you are taking classes mostly online this semester and have the flexibility to teach during the day, it might be the perfect fit. Substitute teaching could also be a great job for anyone you know with a flexible schedule who is looking to supplement their income.
  • The minimum educational requirement is a high school diploma or GED. For more information and a full list of requirements visit: or for general information about substitute teaching visit:

Summer Research Opportunity

  • The Department of Engineering Education at Utah State University will hold a ten-week summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program May 18, 2021, to provide undergraduate students (in either 4-year or 2-year schools) in a science, technology (including engineering technology), engineering, or mathematics (STEM) discipline with intensive experience in engineering education research, such as how learners’ experience, background, and perception play a role when they learn engineering knowledge and skills.
  • The central theme of the REU program is “Problem Solving in Engineering Education.”
  • Due to the uncertain health situation resultant to the Covid-19 pandemic, this ten-week program will be conducted at the participant’s home or internet capable area, via internet and computer access, and facilitated by USU’s Canvas learning management system and other online communication media.
  • Each REU student will receive up to $8,450, including 1) a stipend of $6,000, 2) a housing and meal allowance of $1,700, and 3) up to $750 for a round-trip airfare ticket to use to travel and attend any conferences. Additionally, this last amount will also help to support your research experience.
  • The applicants must be at least 18 years old by the time the program starts on May 18, 2021, must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States, must be an undergraduate student who will not graduate before September 1, 2021 (in either 4-year or 2-year schools) with a good academic standing in a professional undergraduate program in science, technology (including engineering technology), engineering, or mathematics.
  • The deadline of application is March 8, 2021.  Interested students must submit applications online via  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Oenardi Lawanto at or Dr. Wade Goodridge at

Exciting News 12.18.20

SCED 398, Dynamic Teaching, has been approved for 300-level H&SS credit for Spring 2021! Below is a short description of the course:

  • SCED 398 Dynamic Teaching: Motivation, Classroom Management, and Differentiation of Instruction
    • This course will cover the field-defining theories of motivation, classroom management, and differentiation. Additionally, this course will introduce research-based practices that can be used to create learning environments where students are motivated and given the tools to be successful in their individual learning.

Please feel free to sign up if you are interested!

Exciting News 11.17.20

We are very excited to share that we have new prefixes for teaching classes at Mines! They are SCED and MAED, Science Education and Math Education respectively (formerly our classes were under SYGN).

This Spring we are offering:

  • SCED 262: K-12 Field Experience Thurs 6:00-6:50pm
  • This 1 credit course is the ideal way to try out teaching. Assist in a classroom alongside an experienced mentor teacher. Requirements include a total of 25 hours in the classroom and a 50 minute weekly seminar. Repeatable. Classroom hours are work-study eligible.
  • SCED 398 Dynamic Teaching: Motivation, Classroom Management, and Differentiation of Instruction
  • This course will cover the field-defining theories of motivation, classroom management, and differentiation. Additionally, this course will introduce research-based practices that can be used to create learning environments where students are motivated and given the tools to be successful in their individual learning.

If you are interested in pursuing a teaching license, we work with a few local Colorado programs that offer licensure once you graduate from Mines and begin your career as a teacher. For more detailed info please see our licensure page or the attached flyer.

    • ASPIRE to Teach is a certification pathway through CU Denver that assists in the job location process and supports new teachers with a math or science mentor during their first year.
    • Graduates can begin any time throughout the academic year. Compensation: Full teacher salary. Fees: $6,000.
    • The Teacher Education Alliance (TEA) is a student club that meets regularly to discuss teacher prep and all education-related issues. They host panels, game nights, and more! Our first meeting of the term will be TOMORROW, Wed. Nov. 18th at 5pm. Please reply to this email for the Zoom link!

Professional Development Opportunity 11.10.20

We have two upcoming opportunities for professional development and volunteering!

  • The Colorado Science Conference will be happening this Saturday from 9am-5pm. Registration is free for Noyce Scholars, and we can work with you to get registered if you are not a Noyce Scholar. If you would like to attend, please reply to this email ASAP!
  • We are looking for volunteers to mentor two high-achieving 5th grade students in robotics/mechanical engineering and coding. The mentorship would be entirely virtual, and 3-6 meetings would be expected. Please reply to this email if you are interested in this opportunity!

Fellowship Opportunity 8.10.20

The John Buckner Educational Fellowship for Lesson Planning with Purpose
Due to the generosity of several anonymous donors, we are pleased to announce the call for nominations and applications for the John Buckner Educational Fellowship for Lesson Planning with Purpose. The aim of the Buckner Fellowship is to help teachers design and implement innovative lesson plans that create meaningful, equitable experiences for students while exploring rigorous and relevant content. We will guide Buckner Fellows to become Perceptive Teachers by exploring their own cultural identities, as well as the identities and diverse perspectives of students in their classrooms.

Each of the Buckner Fellows will receive a free copy of the book, two live zoom sessions with the authors, and personalized advice from expert teachers, all while building an international collaborative community of like-minded educators. The first zoom session will explore Perceptive Teaching and cultural responsiveness; the second will provide ideas for teaching in the time of coronavirus. Both sessions will not only help you get through the current global and national crises but will also help you become a more effective teacher overall.  

Please nominate a teacher for this opportunity by sending their name, school name, grade and subject area taught, email address, and a brief statement about why they are a good candidate for this opportunity (100 words max). We seek individuals who may be described as creative, reflective, open-minded, and caring professionals. Teachers at any grade level are welcome as are beginning teachers and experienced educators. Self-nominations are encouraged! Review of nominations begins August 24.  

Google Form Link for Nominations:

Please feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you think may be interested! You can also contact Christine McConnell ( with questions.

Job Opportunity 7.28.20

Grandview High School (Cherry Creek School District) has an open position teaching technology courses, which includes teaching Solidworks, robotics, and architecture.

Job Opportunity 7.17.20

There are two current openings for science teachers in Colorado!

Please contact us if you have any questions, or if you would like help with the application process.

Job Opportunity 5.18.20

There are two current openings for science teachers in Colorado!

Event Opportunity 4.26.20

ASPIRE To Teach program at CU Denver will be visiting us virtually to share information about how Mines students can earn their teaching certification. Details below!

  • What: ASPIRE To Teach Information Session for Mines students
  • When: Thursday, 4/16 at 6pm
  • Where: Zoom; please RSVP to receive link


Job/Funding Opportunity 4.26.20

Job & Funding Opportunity 4.24.20

We have several important announcements and opportunities to share with you today!

As always, please contact us with any questions.

Job Opportunity 3.17.20 

Mountain Vista High School is looking for a third full time science teacher to join their Physics PLC. Mountain Vista has incorporated Modeling Instruction at all levels of their physics program and are hoping to find someone familiar with or at least open to the pedagogical approach. Modeling instruction is an effective curriculum that requires several weeks of instructor training: Duties will include:

(1) section AP Physics C – Calculus based Mechanics

(4) sections Algebra based Physics

(2) planning periods

Please visit:—Science—High_Req-00047659 to apply!

Honors Writing Fellow 2.25.20

The Writing Center is looking to hire Honors Writing Fellows for peer tutoring on campus. Honors Writing Fellows are undergraduate students who provide tutoring 5 hours/week for $15 an hour. In addition to tutoring, there will be opportunities to teach workshops, write articles, and mentor other peer tutors. I’ve attached an application with additional details to this e-mail. The deadline to apply is next Monday, March 2nd.

AAPT 1.24.20

The Colorado/Wyoming AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers) Section Meeting is at UNC in Greeley, CO on April 4th: Please contact us if you are interested in attending!


SUMMET (Summer Multicultural Engineering Training) is seeking two students who will work closely with faculty, to improve and deliver curriculum in a project-based workshop format! Teach@Mines students are encouraged to apply. SUMMET was established more than 20 years ago and is organized by Mines Admissions, in collaboration with the Engineering, Design and Society Division.

The salary is negotiable with spring (part time ~10 hours monthly) and summer (full time ~ 8 weeks total) commitments. Your work will start in February 2020, so please apply as soon as possible. Apply on DiggerNet (job ID 66615).


Are you ready to teach this year?

If you will have your BS and are interested in joining either Aspire or the PEBC program during the 2020/2021 school year, there are a few things you’ll need to get started on:  1. Take the PRAXIS for your area of interest. It takes several weeks to get the exam scheduled and then several more to get the results back; 2. It’d be a good idea to have a conversation with the folks at the program you are interested in. Suzanne from Aspire would love to touch base with anyone considering her program for next year.  She can help you find a teaching position in a good school that has strong retention rates. Representatives from PEBC are also available to meet with you and answer questions; 3. Meet with Wendy Adams ( to talk a little about your options and previous experiences so that you can find the best program for your needs; and 4. Start applying for positions in March!





The Teacher Education Alliance (TEA) is a forum for discussion of any education related issues, not just high school or middle school teaching. Contact the TEA president (Nathan Beveridge, with any questions, and stay tuned for Spring 2020 semester meeting times!



Looking for a place to study on campus? If you are a Teach@Mines student, you can study in the TEA room located in CoorsTek 386. It is unlocked any time that CoorsTek is unlocked.







KSTF is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing new math and science teachers with professional development, resources and support to improve education in our schools. This fellowship is intended for math and/or science teachers entering their first or second year as teacher of record during the 2020-2021 academic year. Click HERE for more information.


School field trip

Adria Brown, a Mines alumna who is currently completing her student teaching at JeffCo Open Schools, visited the Mines physics department with her students for a field trip last Friday, 11/15/19.  They met with Drs. Callan, Kuo, Flournoy, and Pierce for lab tours, demos, and more. Lecture topics included string theory and optics, and students participated in hands-on demos including the Michelson-Morley interferometer, the wimhurst machine, and more. This provided a great opportunity for local students to interact with faculty members at Mines and gain experience with college-level physics.


Partnership with Boettcher teacher residency announced

Fall 2018. The Colorado School of Mines and the Boettcher Teacher Residency have formed a partnership to offer two pathways to teacher licensure for both Mines students and Alumni.  As part of this partnership, Mines will offer classes to allow current students to investigate teaching as a career option and to help prepare them for the Residency year.   In addition, Mines will offer science methods for all of the Boettcher Teacher Residents each year on the Mines campus.

For more information see  the information tab.


June 18, 2018. The National Science Foundation has awarded the Colorado School of Mines a five year grant, Get the Facts Out: changing the conversation about STEM teacher Recruitment. Teach@Mines’ Wendy Adams is the Principal Investigator and is partnering with four national societies, the American Physical Society, American Chemical Society, Mathematical Association of America, and American Association of Physics teachers.  NSF #1821710, click here for the full abstract.


Congratulations to Maxine Morris, who completed her student teaching during the spring 2018 semester, and won the 2018 CAST Pre-Service Teacher Award!


Congratulations to Teach@Mines’s Wendy Adams and the rest of the PhET team for being named recipients of the 2018 Excellence in Physics Education Research Award!


January 1, 2017. 100Kin10 has awarded the Colorado School of Mines $160,000 to partner Mines’ students with local early elementary classrooms. “Partnerships for STEM Identity: PSI3, a collaboration between the University of Northern Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines, reimagines science and math teacher preparation by pairing teacher candidates with seasoned elementary teachers to co-design and deliver engaging STEM lessons to K-3 classrooms. This Early Childhood Active STEM Challenge Grant will enable us to both continue to nurture this program, while also broadening the reach of the project and expanding the number of STEM teacher candidates who are able to improve their pedagogical skills and the number of classroom teachers who receive rich, age appropriate content,” said Wendy Adams, Director of Science Education from the University of Northern Colorado.


Congratulations to our new Noyce Scholars! Daniel Brandt (Engineering Physics ‘18), Adria Brown (Engineering Physics ‘19), Megan Coney (Environmental Engineering ‘19), Joseph Hunt (Applied Mathematics ‘18), Amy Keuhlen (Chemical Engineering ‘18), and Blue O’Brennan (Engineering Physics ‘20) will each be receiving the $10,000/semester scholarship as they complete their teaching licenses.


Students from Mines revamped the SUMMET/SAFE summer programs as curriculum design and delivery Interns. Read more here.


Congratulations to our new Noyce Scholars! Jacqueline Loerincs (Engineering Physics ’18) and Erik Trenary (Mechanical Engineering ’17) will each be receiving the $10,000/semester scholarship as they complete their teaching licenses.



Congratulations to our new Noyce Scholars! Julianna Campbell (Engineering Physics ’17), Sean Dempsey (Electrical Engineering ’17), and Blake Shiparski (Engineering Physics ’17) will each be receiving the $10,000/semester scholarship starting Fall 2017 as they complete their teaching licenses. They will be joining Amanda Casner (Engineering Physics ’17) and Nicholas Dyer (Computer Science ’18), who are already receiving the scholarship.


meeting of minds can be found on page 28 of the 2016-2017 edition of Colorado School of Mines Research magazine. This article does a nice job of describing why Mines is working to prepare some of the nations best and brightest math and science teachers and features a couple of current TEAM-UP students. Way to go Nick and Amanda!

Link to magazine:


Amanda Casner will graduate from Colorado School of Mines in the spring of 2017. “I became interested in pursuing a career in education after becoming a Physics 100 teaching assistant at Mines. Through this job I have discovered that in addition to my enthusiasm for physics and learning about how the world works, I have an even greater passion for sharing that enthusiasm with others. I love being able to work one-on-one with students and help them to better understand difficult concepts and ideas.”

Kristine Callan, Associate Professor in the physics department mentioned, “As a TA for our introductory sequence, Amanda was able to jump right in and become a valuable member of the team. In all of her TA duties, she displays a passion for physics, teaching, and learning. She prepares thoroughly for the upcoming material each week, asking insightful questions about the content and pedagogy.”

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On a Related Note

UNC in December organized and hosted the Colorado STEM Teacher Preparation Symposium, bringing together 100 faculty and staff members from 13 higher education institutions, ten K-12 school districts and eight non-profit organizations to discuss strategies for developing quality STEM teachers in the state. The symposium’s findings will be released this spring.

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Golden, Colo. March 4, 2015 –  The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) will fund four new sites at five universities to develop their physics teacher education programs into national models. The new projects are Rowan University, Texas State University, West Virginia University, and a join University of Northern Colorado/Colorado School of Mines project.

The Mines team includes Vince Kuo and Kristine Callan from the Department of Physics and Steven DeCaluwe from the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The UNC team members are Wendy Adams and Christy Moroye.

The winning institutions were selected during a two-stage review process that began with a pool of 17 applicants. Awardees demonstrated a capacity for large increases in the number of physics teachers graduating from their programs, as well as strong departmental and institutional support for teacher preparation efforts. Funding for the new sites will begin in Fall 2015.

With the addition of the newly funded sites, the project has funded a total of 45 sites to build physics teacher education programs since it began in 2001. Collectively, these institutions have doubled the number of high school physics teachers graduating from their programs. PhysTEC sites have achieved these successes by increasing teacher recruiting efforts; hiring master teachers to work within physics departments; developing engaging early teaching experiences; improving content and pedagogy courses; and fostering collaboration between physics departments, education schools, and local school districts.

PhysTEC, a flagship education program of the American Physical Society (APS), aims to improve the education of future physics teachers by transforming physics departments, creating successful models for physics teacher education programs, and disseminating best practices (See for more details). The PhysTEC program is led by APS in partnership with the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), with support from the National Science…

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​Each summer, Mines hires two Teaching Interns to help develop and deliver curriculum for the Summer Multicultural Engineering Training Program (SUMMET). This is an active, project-based design experience for high school students. The overall mission of these programs are to spark interest in STEM in underrepresented groups, empower students to pursue their passions and see STEM as a possible career choice, and demonstrate that they belong and can succeed at a competitive college like Mines. Contact Dr. Mirna Mattjik ( if you are interested in applying to be a Teaching Intern! Enthusiasm is required, but prior teaching experience is not!


If you are looking for summer teaching opportunities, consider applying to Generation Teach! They place students in Denver, Boston, Providence, and Western MA. Several Mines students have taught in this program and had excellent experiences. Click HERE for more information.


In recent summers, there have been several opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved in Educational Research REUs. We’ll post them here as they are announced. Go to for more information.

RIT Science and Mathematics Educational Research Collaborative

The RIT Science and Mathematics Educational Research Collaborative, an interdisciplinary Discipline-Based Education Research (DBER) group, will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program this year. Ten accepted students will be involved in mentored-research projects that focus on the theme of Models and Representations in STEM Education and will contribute to publishable research in DBER. Accepted students will participate in a unique “Spring Ahead” research session to work virtually, using video conferencing and online journal club discussions, with project mentors to learn about DBER and outline summer projects. During the 9 week on-site experience at the RIT campus REU students will be involved in:

  • Cohort-wide research methods workshops
  • Research group meetings and mentoring
  • Professional Development workshops
  • Cohort-building events

Participants will earn a $5,000 stipend and will be housed, at no expense to the student, in RIT’s state-of-the-art housing Global Village complex. Please visit our website at to learn more about our program and how to apply. The application deadline is January 31st, 2020.

Teach@Mines is a

NSF Noyce Capacity Building Program, NSF Noyce Phase I Project Site, PhysTEC Comprehensive Site, and 100Kin10 Partner

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