Welcome to PALS: Peak Area Leadership in Science!

PALS facilitates Hub Meetings – free professional development – throughout the school year for Pikes Peak area secondary science teachers.


Now that the 2018-2019 PALS Hub Meetings are over, the deadline for submitting for credit through the Colorado School of Mines is approaching.

Any participant who would like to a very reasonable fee for credit through CSM needs to submit information and a check to a hub coordinator. All materials must be ‘in our hands’ no later than May 14, 2019. Please contact Megan M at m  or Sherry Freehill ASAP to take care of registration.

All participants who do NOT sign up for CSM credit will receive a certificate of contact hours provided by CMSD12 in late June. Certificates will arrive via email from one of our hub coordinators.

NOTE: Exciting NEWS for D11 Teachers.  Darian Founds, K-12 Science and Health Facilitator, CSSD11 has had PALS approved through the D11 Professional Development Program. D11 teachers can submit their certificates of participation from PALS for D11 credit.

Click this link to learn more about Credit/Documentation Options 2018-2019

Information from 2018-2019 School Year —————————————————

Our 2018-2019 calendar is ready. Here is a list of our Hub Meetings for this school year. Click on any of the Dates below to find more information about the hub meeting !  If you attended ALL of our sessions you could earn 4 semester hours of continuing education credit from CSM or 60 contact hours.  REGISTER NOW for any or all of the hub meetings for this year by filling out the form on the right of your screen.


Our Hub Meetings for 2018-2019 are completed. Look for news about our 2019-2020 school year meetings early in August, 2019 !


    • August 25, 2018 – Sat – Trip to Denver – Botanic Gardens (@ Chatfield) & Butterfly Pavillion – 7.5 Contact Hours
    • September 22, 2018 – Sat  – Trip to Pueblo – Exploring Bees, Raptors and Ecology of the Arkansas River – 7.5 Contact Hours
    • October 10, 2018 – Wed PM – Physics is Fun and Easy – 3.75 Contact Hours
    • October 21, 2018 – Sun (really !) – Picket Wire Canyonlands  – Carpool (High Clearance, 4WD) to LaJunta – 7.5 Contact Hours
    • November 14, 2018 – Wed PM – Practical Astronomy for Secondary Science Teachers Contact Hours – 3.75 Contact Hours
    • December 1, 2018  – Sat – More Brain-Based Instruction by Tim and Robert of DMNS – 7.5 Contact Hours
    • January 26, 2019 – Sat – Chemistry of Rocks, Minerals and Mining at USAFA Chemistry Department – 7.5 Contact Hours
    • February 13, 2019 – Wed PM – Games in the Science Classroom – 3.75 Contact Hours
    • April 4, 2019 Thur PM  – Biomechanics and Human Performance at the Olympic Training Center Map to OTC3.75 Contact Hours
    • April 24th, 2019 (rescheduled from April 17, 2019) – Wed PM – Exploring Ecosystems using NGSS Storylines – 3.75 Contact Hours
    • May 4, 2019 – Sat AM – Reticulated Conservation at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo – 3.75 Contact Hours

[Scroll down and to the right to see some of the photos taken on this field trip! Check out our Facebook page (Peak Area Leadership in Science) to see additional photos, some posted by other participants.]


Click here to access and download a copy of the new PALS S2 only Overview Chart 2018-2019 .

(The full year is available here: PALS Overview Chart for 2018-2019 )

Participants in our meetings are required to complete a Liability Form 2018-2019. If you would like to fill this out in advance and bring the finished form to your first meeting, please do so.

***** NEW – Reservations are accepted on an ongoing basis.  Sign up for all of the workshops you’d like to attend when you are ready to commit and mark your calendar. We will send an e-mail reminder in advance of each of the workshops.

PLEASE… Cancel if you cannot attend,  let us know (via our Contact Us page) or by emailing Tammy at RSVP@sciencehubs.org or by calling or texting Tammy at 719-337-1552 (cell) as far in advance as possible, as we may have a waiting list and/or may have to pay in advance for your spot. Several of our hub meetings this year involve paying significant entry fees per person, so we are limiting participation. Reserving a spot and failing to show may cost another educator the opportunity to participate.  *****


FUNDING:          Thanks to ALL of our funders !                    

Major funding provided by the Mikkelson Foundation and by the Mikkelson Education Fund.  GREAT NEWS – We have received funding for the 2019 calendar year from these two groups ! Thanks to these grants we will be able to offer our monthly PALS hub meetings for the 2019 calendar year !

Addition funding for teacher materials provided by the USAFA K-12 STEM OUTREACH PROGRAM

Addition funding to bring DMNS’s Brain-based Instruction workshops to Colorado Springs provided by the Colorado Association of Science Teachers (CAST).

Dan Furstenau Memorial Donation – A generous donation was made to PALS in memory of Daniel Furstenau who tragically lost his life in a motorcycle accident in 2017. The donation was made to honor his legacy of ‘being kind to everyone and putting others above himself’. We are honored to accept this donation.

*****See our sponsors page for more details!*****

Additional support provided for 2018-2019

  • Meeting space provided by local schools:     Sierra High School (SD2), Sand Creek High School (SD49), and Cheyenne Mountain Junior High School (CMSD12)
  • Bus Transportation provided by local school districts at a great rate:  SD20, SD12
  • Printing provided by multiple schools including Falcon Homeschool Academic Program (D49) and Sierra High School (SD2)


Go to Archives Page for information about previous year’s (2017-2018, 2016-2017, 2015-2016) hub meetings.