Dive into science content, engage in effective teaching pedagogy, and develop a sense of how science really works. If you can't attend a workshop at the Academy, take advantage of our free online courses and teaching strategies for the science classroom.
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On April 17-19, 2017, come learn to facilitate a professional learning program for your informal educators!
The activities included here are designed to help you facilitate a successful NGSS training for a team of educators. All are flexible and modular. Use them all together, or just pick and choose a few that meet your needs!
Science Notebook Corner
Explore this section to learn the basics of setting up science notebooks with your students.
Learn how science notebooks can help your students plan and carry out hands-on investigations.
Check out our clearinghouse of images from student notebooks!
Online Courses for Professional Learning
This course weaves activities, videos, and classroom-ready materials into a primer on the process of science.
Take a virtual expedition with us to investigate the amazing diversity of life on this planet.
See ideas for how teachers can use videos, articles, and infographics about Earthquakes in their classroom.
NGSS Demystified: A Toolkit for Training Teachers
Unlock the big ideas of the new standards, providing a strong foundation to build on as you learn with peers.
What do scientists and engineers do? Explore this question to get teachers comfortable with the practices.
How should CCCs be used in the classroom? Prepare educators for success with this dimension of the NGSS.
In-Person Professional Development at the Academy
Check out the range of workshops we have offered recently. Contact us to provide PD for your school team!
Each year, a select group of 3rd-5th grade teachers embarks on a two-year program to become leading educators.
The Academy is committed to refining the educational practice of informal science educators.
Videos from the Classroom
Using the table of contents and page headers, students will understand how a notebook is an organizational tool.
Notebooks can be a tool for scientific thinking. Start with scientific observation through sketching!
Allow your students to think through the design of an investigation, and learn from their plan.
Read feedback—both positive and constructive—that the Academy received in 2015 regarding our teacher workshops.
How has the Academy's Teacher Institute affected teaching practice in the Bay Area? Read these teacher quotes!
How did teachers in Cohort 5 (2013-2015) of the Teacher Institute change their science teaching?
The W. Richard Bingham Family provides generous support for online educational materials for teachers.
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