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Information for Teachers

The UC San Francico SEP leads a range of programs for SFUSD K-12 teachers. These programs include classroom-based partnerships, and courses and seminars. Supporting all of this work are the Daly Ralston Resource Center, a lending library of materials to support hands-on science learning, and SEPLessons, an online database of lessons developed by SEP staff and participants.

Classroom-based Partnerships

The majority of SEP’s classroom-based partnerships require an approximately 20 hour commitment in the spring semester. SFUSD K-12 teachers are partnered with two to four UCSF scientist volunteers. Teachers and UCSF volunteers meet at an Orientation in January, hosted by SEP.  At the Orientation, SEP reviews the program’s expectations, shares tips for a successful partnership, and provides time for teams to schedule lessons and begin planning. Between January and April, each team co-plans and co-teaches a minimum of four lessons.

Teachers and volunteers are partnered on the basis of school site characteristics, volunteer backgrounds and language proficiencies, and scheduling constraints. UCSF volunteers are a diverse group consisting of doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, students from the professional schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, and physical therapy, research assistants, and faculty. Your scientist partners will have a strong general science background as well as detailed expertise in a particular field of science. In addition, they will have first-hand experience with science process skills and investigative approaches to science, therefore making them an excellent resource for planning hands-on lessons.

Teachers in our partnership programs are mentors to the scientist volunteers, providing guidance about many aspects of teaching, such as the age-appropriateness and accessibility of the lessons, strategies to engage students, as well as classroom and materials management. After a lesson, teachers can provide constructive feedback and help facilitate reflection about the teaching.

Elementary school teachers can learn more about these programs: STAT, HealthTeach, MedTeach.

For middle and high school teachers, see Bio&ChemTeach.

Apply for Spring Programs!

  • Applications for the 2017-18 classroom partnership programs will be available this October. Please check back then for application details.


Internships for High School Students

Each summer, SEP hosts 20 SFUSD rising seniors in UCSF research labs. SFUSD high school science teachers are asked to nominate up to three students for this program each December.  Learn more at High School Internship Program.

Summary of Program Opportunities for Teachers & Their Students

Elementary School



Middle School Bio&ChemTeach  
High School Bio&ChemTeach

High School Intern Program

San Francisco Health Investigators