CLAS is committed to enhancing K-12 education through a variety of outreach projects. We support department-housed programs that welcome thousands of teachers, students, and their parents to campus each year. CLAS touches K-12 classrooms throughout the state by offering CU Denver courses in high schools and providing teacher-training workshops.
- The CU Succeed Silver and Gold Programs collaborate with Colorado high schools to offer the opportunity to earn college credit through enrollment in CU Denver courses. CU Succeed courses are conveniently taught in the high schools by CU Denver-approved high school faculty and lecturers. These courses, offered at a reduced tuition rate, provide exposure to the rigor of the college experience, which helps facilitate the transition from high school to college. CU Succeed students earn real college credits, which are recorded on an official CU Denver transcript. CLAS hosts an annual CU Succeed conference with a variety of sessions addressing the needs of CU Succeed teachers. We also provide faculty liaisons for on-going support for teachers throughout the state.
- National History Day in Colorado, housed in the History Department, is a social studies and literacy program for middle and high school students. In addition to discovering the exciting world of the past, participating students develop a wide variety of skills, including critical thinking, problem-solving, research, civic engagement, and oral and written communication. The program cultivates students’ self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of responsibility for and involvement in the democratic process. CLAS hosts the annual National History Day in Colorado competition, where professional historians and educators evaluate students’ presentations of their work in original papers, websites, exhibits, performances and documentaries. The History Day team also runs teacher-training workshops throughout Colorado.
- The Denver Writing Project, housed in the English Department, provides professional writing development for K-12 teachers, serving teachers from all disciplines and grade levels in the Denver area and throughout much of Colorado. The DWP also hosts intensive writing institutes on campus for both teachers and middle and high school students. Participants in summer institutes are exposed to some of the metro area’s best writing faculty. Events around the Denver area throughout the year bring the importance and impact of writing to the wider community.
- The Rocky Mountain Math Teacher’s Circle, housed in the Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, aims to help middle and elementary school teachers to experience mathematical problem solving as learners, in order develop their facility using the Standards of Mathematical Practice from the Common Core. RMMTC provides collaborative workshops that guide teachers to initiate more student-centered, inquiry-based pedagogies in their classrooms.
The Urban Ecology Camp, housed in the Biology Department and as part of CU Denver’s STEM Education Initiatives, is a one-week long summer camp for rising 7th – 9th graders. The Urban Ecology Camp gives students the opportunity to work with real scientists to explore Colorado ecology by studying plant life, urban stream ecology, wildlife camera traps, pine bark beetle ecology, and more!