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Upcoming Teacher Institute Events

If you are not enrolled in the Teacher Institute, but would like to register for some of these workshops, please call (415) 379-8000.

Learn more about professional development opportunities offered at the Academy


Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Location: Mt. Tam

Join this Citizen Science effort to find and catalog the multitude of living organisms that call Mt. Tam home. This is an on-going bio-blitz of the Marin Municipal Water District lands, in conjunction with the California Academy of Sciences. Add photos of the organisms you observe: plants, birds, insects, reptiles, mammals, anything!  For more information, see:

Marin Municipal Water District's Bioblitz site

Account of past Bioblitz-Mt. Tam participant

iNaturalist project site with data

 

To register, RSVP to Bri: bmccarthy@calacademy.org.

Time: 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Join us at Cal Academy for a TISS-only workshop around NGSS.

To register, RSVP to Bri: bmccarthy@calacademy.org.

Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday June 23, Tuesday June 24, and Wednesday June 25. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

How will science education be transformed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? In this introductory-level workshop, you will dive into the Framework for K-12 Education and discover how these new standards are structured. Gain experience with the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas which make up the three dimensions of the NGSS. Team up with other educators to discuss and interpret each dimension, and to brainstorm ways to begin integrating them into your teaching practice. You will have opportunities to work closely with teachers of your own grade-level, as well as to connect with other grade-levels to consider the big picture of this shift in science education.

This is a introductory-level workshop for educators who are not yet familiar with the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

This workshop is also offered in July.

Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday July 7, Tuesday July 8, and Wednesday July 9. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We'll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

This workshop is also offered in August.

Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday July 14, Tuesday July 15, and Wednesday July 16. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

Explore urban ecology and discover ways to engage your students in meaningful outdoor learning. Get to know some of San Francisco's native plants and animals and learn about our city's ecological history. Delve into activities that your upper elementary students can do on the schoolyard, in small urban green spaces near your school, or on field trips to larger spaces such as Golden Gate Park.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday July 21, Tuesday July 22, and Wednesday July 23. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

How will science education be transformed by the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)? In this introductory-level workshop, you will dive into the Framework for K-12 Education and discover how these new standards are structured. Gain experience with the Science and Engineering Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Disciplinary Core Ideas which make up the three dimensions of the NGSS. Team up with other educators to discuss and interpret each dimension, and to brainstorm ways to begin integrating them into your teaching practice. You will have opportunities to work closely with teachers of your own grade-level, as well as to connect with other grade-levels to consider the big picture of this shift in science education.

This is a introductory-level workshop for educators who are not yet familiar with the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

This workshop is also offered in June.

Time: 12:00 AM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Tickets: $15

NEW! How do we know what we know about the solar system? Get your hands on the Academy’s brand new Astronomy Kit and find out! Explore the planet Mars and discover how our knowledge about this red planet has been built over time. Start by observing the movement of a tiny red dot across the constellations, then see how telescopes transformed our observations. Consider the benefits and challenges of using rovers to learn about distant worlds, and find out how careful planning and critical thinking play a role in space exploration.

After taking this workshop, you will be eligible to use the Astronomy Kit in your classroom.

Activity descriptions and materials will be posted soon!

Time: 9:30 AM to 3:30 PM
Location: California Academy of Sciences

Special Note: This is a three day workshop taking place on Monday August 4, Tuesday August 5, and Wednesday August 6. In order to participate, you must be able to attend all three sessions.

NEW! How do you begin to integrate the Scientific and Engineering Practices (SEPs) of the NGSS into your classroom? We'll shine a spotlight on the SEPs in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop. Explore how the SEPs grow in depth and sophistication as students progress from grades K-12. Experience hands-on activities to discover what the Practices look like at different grade-levels. Leave with the skills to begin adapting your curriculum to the NGSS by using the SEPs as the gateway to reimagining science content.

Each NGSS spotlight course includes presentations, hands-on activities, collaborative group discussions, and grade-level planning time. Join us to unlock the potential of the NGSS Scientific and Engineering Practices!

This is an intermediate-level workshop for educators who are already familiar with the basics of the NGSS.

A $35 fee is required to register. Participants will receive a $150 stipend upon completion of the series.

This workshop is also offered in July.

Generously sponsored by

Union Bank

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