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PEAK Program for SFUSD Teachers

by megan on May. 23rd, 2013 No Comments

Exciting professional development opportunity and stipend!

  • Get students excited about electricity and magnetism!
  • Learn how to make the science of energy more engaging!
  • Meet standards while teaching students how to save energy!

PEAK logoPEAK is an award-winning standards-based energy education program for 3rd-7th grade students. Through hands-on activities, students learn about the science of energy and are inspired to take action to create a more sustainable world.

Enroll to Receive the Following at NO COST:

  • STEM – based teacher in-service training
  • Curriculum correlated to 3rd-7th grade standards and Common Core
  • A toolkit for hands-on science labs (Worth over $350!)
  • Green Careers presentations
  • Assemblies with our energy-saving superhero Bulbman
  • Lesson planning and classroom assistance


Click here to register on the PEAK website!

A $100 stipend is awarded to teachers completing the training.

Training from 9:00AM – 3:00PM, lunch provided.

Held at the SFPUC Headquarters Info:
2nd Floor, O’Shaughnessy Room C
525 Golden Gate Ave, SF, CA 94102

Please RSVP at least one week prior to the training date.

Questions? Email AKnox@energycoalition.org or Call (510) 444-5060 ext. 15

NatureBridge Teacher Workshops this Spring

by megan on Feb. 15th, 2013 No Comments

Our friends over at NatureBridge Golden Gate are offering teacher professional development programs! They can help you bring the natural world into your classroom to help teach science, math, and language arts standards.
NatureBridge Professional Development
Bring the Outside In
Saturday, February 23, 2013
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Learn simple strategies for building community, using nature in lessons, and getting your students outdoors. Open to any educator, traditional and nontraditional.

NatureBridge Professional Development
Lessons from the Ocean
Saturday, March 23, 2013
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Use the ocean to teach math, science, and language arts skills. Learn a marine food web activity, explore human impacts on ocean resources, and learn about cultural connections to the bay and the ocean. Content is focused on grades four to eight.

NatureBridge Professional Development
Our Changing Climate
Saturday, April 13, 2013
9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Learn to teach basic climate science and empower your students to take action. Practice teaching the carbon cycle, investigate “garbology,” and develop simple student action projects. Content is focused on grades five to eight.


Workshops will be held in San Francisco. They are FREE and include lunch and take-away teaching toolkits. Stipends are available for teacher teams from the same school who attend two or more workshops and for teachers who can evidence implementation of any climate change materials ($100 per person!).

For more information visit their website.

EEI curriculum training for K-8th teachers

by rochelle on Feb. 11th, 2013 No Comments

Teach students about the environment using the Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) curriculum

Come to the Academy to join CalRecycle educators in a dynamic professional development training session using the groundbreaking EEI Curriculum. Engage in interactive lessons from two EEI Curriculum units: one History/Social Science and one Science.

All attending teachers will receive complimentary materials and components for one EEI Curriculum unit of their choice from a pre-selected list.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 28, 2013, 4-6 PM

Place: California Academy of Sciences

Who: Teachers grades K-8, High School teachers welcome.

Attendance is limited; please register by February 22, 2013.

And … stay a little later because you’re invited to join us after the session with complimentary admission to NightLife!

To register or if you have questions:
Please email Lucy Christensen or call (916) 323-5551.

EEI Trainings at the Academy are made possible by the generous support of Friends of Environmental Education.

High School Teacher Workshop on Sustainability

by rochelle on Feb. 7th, 2013 No Comments

Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI) and Skyline College will be hosting a Curriculum Workshop on their new Sustainability Certificate in Green Transportation. This interactive and informative workshop will be hosted at Skyline College for high school educators.

HS teachers at SEIWHEN: Thursday, February 28, 2013, at 4-8pm
WHERE: Skyline College’s Student/Community Center in Building 6, Room 202 (second floor)
COST: Free – including the curriculum, a teacher toolkit and a light dinner

High school faculty attending will receive the training, lesson plans and teacher toolkit to easily teach this interesting and exciting subject matter right away. The teacher toolkit includes 6 solar car kits and all specialized materials for hands-on activities and experiments. Participating teachers can earn 1 CEU.

Hands-on exercises include:

  • Envisioning a sustainable future
  • Learning to make biodiesel
  • Constructing a solar car
  • Developing a school green transportation policy and campaign
  • Learning about careers in green transportation through informational interviews, job shadowing and internships

Please RSVP to Rita Gulli by email or phone 650.738.4491. The first 20 teachers will receive the curriculum toolkit.

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored event. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to Rita Gulli.**

Ocean Literacy Professional Development

by rochelle on Oct. 11th, 2012 No Comments

Winged Ambassadors
Ocean Literacy Through the Eyes of an Albatross

Professional Development Workshop for grade 6-12 Educators

Winged Ambassadors is a five lesson activity package that helps students to learn about seabirds, the ocean, and marine and land debris. Albatrosses traverse vast oceanic regions searching for floating food, and often ingest plastic trash and feed it to their chicks. The five activities in this unit are inquiry-based science instruction and are aligned to standards for grades 6-8, with extensions for grades 9-12.

Each lesson includes a lesson plan with suggested discussion questions, ideas for differentiation, extensions, suggestions for videos and Internet links. Also included are student worksheets and handouts and other materials for the teacher.

This workshop will be useful to classroom teachers and others who work with children.

P.R.B.O./Conservation Science: 3820 Cypress Drive, Petaluma

Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.

For more information and to register, click here.

**NOTE: This is not an Academy sponsored program. Please direct all questions and requests for more information directly to Jill McIntyre for registration inquiries or Mike Roa for content questions.**