• Teachers sketching together
  • What does it feel like to learn?
  • Ping pong photosynthesis
  • Focus Question: Where does the mass come from?
  • Outdoor circle
  • In the classroom

Interested in joining BSI Summer 2024? Click the button to add your information to our interest form for this summer! 

The Bayview Science Institute, or BSI, is a transformative professional learning community that deepens the science literacy of PreK-8 teachers and students to empower everyone to see themselves as independent thinkers and real world problem-solvers. 

How can I teach science that matters to my students and their communities?

How can science inspire students to become more fluent readers, writers, and mathematicians?

How can I juggle the curriculum, the crunch for time, AND the needs of my students?

And how can I do all of this next school year, 2024-2025?

Our growing community of educators working in the southeast corner of San Francisco are exploring these questions, and more.


BSI Summer Session, August 6th-9th 2024

student with yarn

We will be meeting at the Academy in Summer 2024 for:

  • Hands-on science
  • Collaborative planning time
  • Learning around building a community of learners through science
  • Follow-up coaching, planning, and more available in 2024-25

Benefits for Participants

Monroe STEAM buddies
  • Stipend for Summer 2024
  • Eligible for 1 Continuing Education Unit (fee not included)
  • Complimentary Academy membership
  • Choose from a menu of school-year supports (with separate stipends), including coaching circles, planning groups, 1-on-1 coaching, and more
  • Interested? Click here to add your name to our summer 2024 list!





Goals of the Institute

students building

By focusing on teams of teachers and support staff from a few schools at a time, the Bayview Science Institute will encourage school-wide shifts, including:

  • Deepening teachers' content knowledge & interest in science
  • Preparing teachers to confidently facilitate the new, integrated Amplify science curriculum
  • Promoting student agency and independent thinking
  • Inspiring students to become caretakers of their environment

Ongoing Support

collections gallery walk summer 2022

Once in BSI, always in BSI! All current and former BSI teachers are invited to join summer session and the full array of school year offerings, provided you still work at a BSI target school. Each year we build an even bigger web of peer-to-peer support.


Listening to & Learning from the Bayview Community

Since 2017, the Academy's Bayview Science Institute has been building and strengthening a relationship of trust with the dedicated and resilient team of administrators and teachers who are working in San Francisco's southeast corner. We have taken our cues from them to find out the best ways we can work alongside them to counteract the systems of oppression which have historically and continuously undermined student learning. We see access to science learning as a social justice issue, and believe students in the Bayview deserve to become critical and creative thinkers. Based on what we’ve learned from the community, we are also supporting teachers to use science teaching as a means to several other ends that are important to them: Science instruction can support student reading by giving them a compelling reason to want to read. It can build community in the classroom because science learning often involves teamwork. Lastly, by actively engaging students with hands-on activities, science can reduce student-to-student and student-to-teacher conflicts.

Participating Schools

  • Bret Harte Elementary School
  • Buena Vista Horace Mann K-8 Community School
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary School
  • Daniel Webster Elementary School
  • Dr. Charles R. Drew College Preparatory Academy
  • Dr. George Washington Carver Elementary School
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School
  • El Dorado Elementary School
  • Everett Middle School
  • Hillcrest Elementary School
  • James Denman Middle School
  • Malcolm X Academy Elementary School
  • Monroe Elementary School
  • San Francisco Community School
  • Starr King Elementary School
  • Visitacion Valley Elementary School
  • Visitacion Valley Middle School
  • Willie Brown Middle School

BSI Resources from Previous Sessions

Curious about some of the learning from previous Bayview Science Institute summer and school year sessions? Check out some of the resources below!

Summer 2022 Resources and Photos

Contact Us

Registration for BSI Summer 2024 is open! 

Please click on the green button below to add your information to our interest form or learn more about this summer's institute.

Questions? Reach out to our team at BayviewSci@calacademy.org




The Institute is generously supported by an anonymous donor, the Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation, the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

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