The Colorado Science Conference for Professional Development

November 18th, 2016 at the Denver Merchandise Mart

The goal of the Colorado Science Conference is to provide professional development opportunities that strengthen science content and pedagogy, provide access to educational resources, and help build strong, professional networks that support the great work of science teachers across our state. We hope you can join us!

The conference will be held from 8:00am to 4:00pm at the Denver Mart - 451 E 58th Ave, Denver, CO 80216. Click here for a map link.


Registration for 2016 is now open! Be sure to register before 11:59 p.m., MDT, November 12th, 2016 for fastest entry into the conference. Click here to register.

Program at a glance is now ready: Click here to download *may be subject to some changes.

Announcing our Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Gromko!!


Dr. Mary Gromko


Dr. Mary Gromko is the president of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA). Gromko is currently a retired science educator in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Gromko has been a devoted teacher and dedicated leader in the science education community for more than 40 years. She began her career in education as a high school chemistry teacher in Connecticut.  After moving to Colorado, she continued to teach hig school chemistry for several school districts to include Littleton Schools,, Douglas County Schools, and Academy School District 20..  During that time, Gromko also served as an instructor at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and the University of Denver. In 1989, after 17 years in the classroom, Gromko moved on to accept a position as the State Science Supervisor for the Colorado Department of Education. In 1999, she began working as the K-12 Science Supervisor for Colorado Springs District 11. Most recently, Gromko served as a coordinator for teacher professional development at the University of Colorado’s Center for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Education. As the coordinator, she worked to implement STEM programs in grades K-16.

During her distinguished career, Gromko has received a number of honors and awards. Her accomplishments include receiving NSTA’s Distinguished Service to Science Education Award (2014), American Chemical Society’s Recognition Award (2008), University of Northern Colorado’s Recognition and Appreciation to Science Education Award (2000), Colorado Association of Science Teacher’s Friend of Science Teaching Award and Distinguished Service to Science Education Award (1999 and 1989), U.S. Department of Energy Award Appreciation for Service to Science Education (1998), the Sigma Xi Award (1989), the Governor’s Award (1987), and the Colorado Department of Education’s Excellence in Teaching Award (1987), to name just a few. She was also named Professional Educator of the Year for the Colorado Springs School District 11 (2008), Colorado Department of Education’s Employee of the Year (1991), and American Chemical Society’s Colorado High School Chemistry Teacher of the Year (1985).


Conference Schedule, Friday, November 18, 2016

8:00 – 8:55          Session 1

9:10 – 10:05         Session 2

10:20 – 11:20       Keynote Speaker in Plaza 

                                  Mary Gromko, NSTA President

11:20 – 12:15        Lunch & Networking

12:15 – 1:10           Session 3

1:10 – 1:55             Awards & Dessert

1:55 – 2:50            Session 4

3:05 – 4:00           Session 5

4:00                        Door Prize Drawings &

                                 Participation Certificates Distribution



Pre-Registration (before 11:59 pm MDT October 27, 2016):

Administrators and Teachers - $60

Students, Pre-Service Teachers, First Year Teachers, and Retirees - $20 


Onsite Registration (after October 27, 2016):

Administrators and Teachers - $75

Students, Pre-Service Teachers, First Year Teachers, and Retirees - $30





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