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California Academy of Sciences

Located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, the California Academy of Sciences has a long-standing reputation among educators in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for providing high-quality learning experiences for teachers, students, and the public. The Academy has provided a wealth of on-line resources for teachers working to implement NGSS. Join us in Pasadena for the opportunity to attend one or more of the fine workshops and short courses from the Academy's team of Teacher Educators.

  • Elevate Your PD Facilitation
  • Unlearning: Daylighting Misconceptions
  • Adapting Your Adoption: Making Packaged Curriculum Relevant to Your Students
  • Low Floor, High Ceiling

California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN):

The California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN) is a state government consortium of environmental educators representing departments, boards, and commissions of the California Department of Water Resources, CalRecycle, California Coastal Commission, California Department of Education and many more. CEEIN fosters broad understanding of the State's environmental and cultural resources while affirming that education is essential to the development of understanding and respect for the environment.

  • Learning about Sea Level Rise through the King Tides Project
  • Gotta Make Things Go, But Whoa! What About the Earth?
  • Environment, Equity, Community Priorities - Science and Policy in Park Access

California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative

CA NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative Logo

The California NGSS K-8 Early Implementation Initiative is a grant funded initiative that has allowed eight districts and two charter networks in California to get a jump start on implementing the California NGSS. The initiative is proud to offer exclusively to the California Science Education Conference more than 15 workshops to be presented by teachers and educators who have had the opportunity to explore and begin to implement the new science standards. Don't miss these fantastic offerings from an amazing group of teachers and education leaders.

  • Early Implementers - NGSS Beyond the School Day: Engaging Parents
  • 3D NGSS Early Implementers Lesson: Human Impact on Ecosystem

K-12 Alliance @ WestEd

The K-12 Alliance is a program within WestEd's Mathematics, Science, & Technology Program. A merger of the former California Science Implementation Network (CSIN), Science Partnerships for Articulation and Networking (SPAN), and Scope. Sequence, & Coordination (SS&C) programs, the K-12 Alliance has impacted more than 6000 schools, 175,000 teachers, and millions of K-12 students. It is cited as an exemplary professional development program in the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse document, Science Education Programs That Work; the National Staff Development Council document, Result-Based Professional Development Programs for Middle Grades; and in the book, Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics.

  • Thinking Creatively: Innovative Strategies & Approaches Address NGSS Professional Learning
  • Ready to go deeper with NGSS? Integrating Nature of Science

California Science Project

The California Science Project (CSP) is a statewide support network for teacher professional learning and leadership development. CSP collaborates with science faculty, educators, schools and districts to provide effective and high quality science instruction, with a special focus on the needs of English learners, students in poverty, and students with low literacy. The CSP is part of the larger infrastructure of discipline-specific networks known as the California Subject Matter Project administered by the University of California, Office of the President.

  • High School Genetics; Transforming to Student Centered
  • Falling for Gravity
  • Scaffolding Sensemaking with UDL and Cultural Responsiveness
  • How Do You Know What They Know? Scaffolding Sensemaking
  • Testing the waters; how do we make students citizen scientists.
  • Employing NASA-data to model interactions in earth systems

California Environmental Literacy Initiative

Comprised of 30 prominent educational leaders and nonprofit stakeholders, the Environmental Literacy Initiative includes representatives from the California Department of Education and CalRecycle, three directors of the University of California’s Subject Matter Projects, and a member of the State Board of Education. The Environmental Literacy Initiative is now working to implement recommendations from the blueprint to support school districts, teachers, and local program providers with the ultimate goal of achieving environmental literacy for all of California’s 6.2 million K–12 students.

  • Demystifying Systems Thinking: Modeling and SEP Tools You Can Use
  • STEAM Powered Anemometers
  • Inspiring Curiosity: District-wide Capacity Building for Environmental Literacy

Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC)


The Curriculum and Instruction Steering Committee (CISC) initiates collaborative leadership with school districts, the CDE, and other partners to ensure programs, practices, and services that support success for all students. The committee identifies statewide curriculum and staff development needs, provides a communication and implementation network for curriculum and professional development activities, and assists the CDE in adopting and implementing instructional materials and developing publications such as curriculum frameworks.

  • Making Choices: Developing a District Lens for NGSS Curriculum Adoption
  • NGSS TIME Pre Screen Process: Take A Step Towards Your Adoption
  • Science Literacy Across the Grades
  • The Whats and Hows of Phenomena
  • What Does It Look Like: NGSS Classroom Observation Tool
  • Universal Design for Learning and NGSS at the Crossroads


The Exploratorium, located in San Francisco, is well-renowned for its professional learning offerings and the Exploratorium Teacher Institute. Take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to attend workshops presented by the amazing team from the Exploratorium!

  • Why do stars twinkle? - NGSS activities from the Exploratorium
  • Your Cell Phone's Secret Tools
  • Old Traits, New Tricks: Human Variation in the Classroom
  • Stream Tables: A professional development experience highlighting the 3-dimensions of NGSS

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Since opening in 1984, more than two million schoolchildren and teachers have come through the doors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium—for free. They offer in-depth programs for students and teachers that reach thousands more. Each year hundreds of teachers and school administrators come to the Aquarium to enhance their knowledge and add to their collection of classroom activities. - Take advantage of this opportunity to experience professional development provided my Monterey Bay Aquarium teacher professional development staff.

  • Biodiversity Action Projects
  • Environmental Action Projects in the Schoolyard
  • Environmental Identity and Environmental Action
  • Building Empathy for Animals
  • Future-Ready PBL: Tech for Environmental Action Projects
  • Climate Action Projects

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

HHMI is a science philanthropy whose mission is to advance basic biomedical research and science education for the benefit of humanity.

  • Ecosystems and Environmental Principles and Concepts: Trophic Cascades with HHMI
  • Exploring the Cell Cycle, Cancer and a "Guardian" Gene

San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD)

The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is the seventh largest school district in California, educating over 57,000 students every year. San Francisco is both a city and a county; therefore, SFUSD administers both the school district and the San Francisco County Office of Education (COE). This makes SFUSD a “single district county.”

  • Exploring the Teacher Leader Model in SFUSD's Secondary Grades
  • Don't Get Burned: Develop Lab Safety in NGSS Science Classrooms
  • Implementing NGSS-aligned curriculum to meet the needs of your students

Tech Museum of Innovation

Tech Museum

The Tech Interactive is a Silicon Valley landmark for visitors seeking a glimpse of the most innovative place on Earth. The 132,000 sq. ft. structure is one of the nation’s premier science and technology museums. Through fun, hands-on experiences and one-of-a-kind floor programs, many supported by Stanford and NASA, the museum unleashes the creative sparks hidden within. Enjoy the largest IMAX dome screen in the West with its eight story-high screen and digital surround-sound system as well as events after hours including classes, maker events, Creative Collision programs, The Tech Awards, and lectures on cutting edge technology occur weekly so check the schedule. With so many experiences at your fingertips, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination!

  • Novel Engineering
  • Understanding Mutations via Computational Thinking and Scratch Programming
  • Finding Your Inner Innovator: Engineering in the Classroom
  • Foundations of Engineering in the Classroom
  • Down the Drain: Building a better storm drain
  • Design Challenges for All - The Tech Challenge in your classroom
  • From Cutting-Edge to Core Concepts
  • STEM Facilitation Skills
  • Coding: Where Science, Math and Art Intersect


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