This training program is designed to provide an in-depth, hands-on experience for people interested in pursuing a career in informal education. Participants will work alongside the Academy’s Education Staff to learn about the different facets of school programs in a museum.
The Academy is committed to refining the educational practice of our own staff, and helping to support those who work in other informal science education institutions.
Join our community of practice at the Academy!
All sessions take place at the Academy from 4-7pm.
- Using Prior Knowledge & Creating Conceptual Change
Wednesdays, September 13 - October 11, 2017
- Facilitating Conversations & Enhancing Learning
Wednesdays, January 10 - February 7, 2018
- Engagement in Learning & Unique Objects
Wednesdays, April 11 - May 9, 2018
Attend a Coaching Workshop
Are you interested in establishing a learning community among your staff that enhances teaching practice and fosters the growth and development of people and their ideas? Join us for the Coaching Workshop to learn about Reflecting on Practice (RoP™):
- August 14-16, 2017 in Loma Mar, CA, or
- October 17-19, 2017 in San Jose, CA!
Science Action Club
Science Action Club is a comprehensive science and nature learning experience designed for middle school youth in out-of-school time. The full suite of resources includes easy-to-read science curriculum guides, supplies for hands-on nature investigations, custom-configured digital learning tools, and professional development training for afterschool providers.
Past Program: Learning Conversations
How do conversations facilitate learning, and which strategies are most appropriate for different contexts and learning goals? In this program educators will explore research on learning, methods for engaging learners in learning conversations, and develop reflective tools to use when assessing educational activities. This program is based on the Reflecting on Practice program developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science.
Past Program: Conservation & Sustainability Education
The California Academy of Sciences is pleased to host professional learning programs for informal educators interested in exploring the theory and practice of education within free-choice settings. Our programs immerse educators in best practices for engaging the public with science and sustainability.
This program focuses on the process for creating programs and activities that support learners in engaging with environmentally friendly actions. Participants will engage in a rapid prototyping and iterative design process.
Other Training Opportunities
Reflecting on Practice
Reflecting on Practice (RoP) is a professional learning program and community developed at the Lawrence Hall of Science. The Academy partners with the Hall to deliver some of this curriculum through Professional Learning Programs.
ChangeScale is working to support and advance the cohesiveness, effectiveness, and prominence of the environmental education field in the 12-county San Francisco and Monterey Bay Areas.
Cultural Connections is a community of Bay Area museum professionals who meet regularly to exchange ideas, share resources, and inspire creativity and action.
Here are some suggestions for local, regional, and national networks that provide opportunities and resources for educators in our field. Dive in!
Bay Area STEM Ecosystem
Visitor Studies Association
Bay Area Emerging Museum Professionals
California Association of Museums (CAM)
Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC)
American Association of Museums (AAM)
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)
How to Smile
Find informal education curriculum in math and science.
Here you'll find case studies and evaluations on exhibits.
Look up research and evaluation projects and connect to their makers.