Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

From a teacher attending The Cheyenne Way in 2006:
"This institute opened up my eyes to Colorado history....I grew up in this part of the county and thought I knew something, but I now have a different perspective."

From a teacher attending The Cheyenne Way in 2006:
"Overall, the entire four-day experience will be something I will never forget and will pass on to my students for as long as I teach. Thank you for the experience."

From a teacher attending The Arapaho Through History in 2007:
"This was such an important event (Sand Creek Massacre) for all Indians and also had great impact on the history of our state. I never knew about it from my school days. How sad this part of history has been so ignored."

From a teacher attending American Faust: The Ordeal of J. Robert Oppenheimer in 2008:
"Humanities format, coupled with a gifted and knowledgeable facilitator made for a learning opportunity of great extent. The evening presentation was wonderful and added a bonus to the institute learning."

From a teacher attending Shake, Rattle and Roll: 1945-1960 in 2005:
"Always a feast for the intellect, the mind and one's emotions."

From a teacher attending Shake, Rattle and Roll: 1945-1960 in 2005:
"I enjoy the academic focus of the institute - good discussions with people that know and enjoy history."


K-12 educators


Teacher institutes and seminars developed and led by recognized scholars of history, anthropology, literature and philosophy. Participants learn through selected readings, classroom lectures, discussions and field study. Participants earn relicensure credit and can pay an additional fee to earn graduate history credit.

Past programs

To Enhance History Learning, Bring History Alive  (2015)

Writing Biographies for Young People  (2011-13)


American Faust: The Ordeal of J. Robert Oppenheimer (2008)

Hinono' Eiteen: The Arapaho Through History (2007)
The Cheyenne Way: The History and Culture of the So'taaeo'o Naa Tsetsestahese (2006)
Shake, Rattle & Roll: 1945-1960 (2005)
America Challenged: Bread Lines and Battle Lines (2004)
Five States of Colorado (2004 and 2005)
Lewis and Clark: The Journey and Its Legacy (1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003)
Ethics in Literature (2002)
The West of John Wesley Powell (2001 and 2002)
Coalfield Institute (1999, 2000, 2001)
The Paradox of Thomas Jefferson (1997, 1998)



Colorado Humanities teacher institutes provide professional development opportunities for Colorado K-12 educators to gain content knowledge in American history and other disciplines. Participants can earn relicensure credit and/or graduate history credit.


Schools and districts, college and university campuses, or at other non-profit organization sites such as libraries, museums and historically significant sites


Seminars during the school year and institutes during summer break.

How Much

Participant registration fees may be provided by supportive districts or other sponsorships, but usually they run between $150 and $200 for each registrant. Graduate credit is an extra fee from the university providing the credit.

Start Here

Contact Betty Jo Brenner, Program Coordinator, 303.894.7951 x17 or