SEP offers a variety of workshops and courses for SFUSD teachers and UCSF volunteers.
The Scientist Teaching Workshops are designed to equip SEP volunteers with the knowledge, skills and tools to reach students with a variety of learning styles and needs. Begun in 1996, this series covers such topics as: inquiry-based science teaching, classroom and materials management, student assessment, equitable teaching strategies, cognitive development, lesson planning, and language development - all through hands-on, interactive science activities.
Elementary School Teachers
In June of 2015 SEP hosted 49 SFUSD elementary school teachers in SEP's Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Summer Institute which introduced the teachers to the basic structure of the NGSS in a hands-on 2-day workshop. Teachers learned how to navigate through the grade-level standards, how to integrate the NGSS Science & Engineering Practices and Cross-Cutting Concepts into their science teaching and how the NGSS and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) complement one another and the ways that science teaching can support student learning in both English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. All participants receive $200 upon completion of the course.
The City Science Summer Institute is designed to give elementary school teachers grade level experience in hands-on, inquiry-based science. Collaboratively designed and taught by scientists and educators, course content is organized to aid in the articulation of standards and teaching of the SFUSD adopted science instructional materials in each of the elementary grades (K-5), while supporting adult content learning. Participating teachers experience the power of active science teaching while coming away with age-appropriate lessons directly applicable to the classroom. All participants receive two professional development units and $500 upon completion of the course.
Elementary and Middle School Teachers
The Architecture of Life and Chemistry of Life are college-level, hands-on, investigative biology and chemistry courses that are grounded in the California Science Content Standards. These 30-hour courses, taught by SEP science educators, integrate adult level content learning with classroom appropriate pedagogy. All participants receive 2 professional development units and $300 upon completion of the course
***Due to lack of finding, we are currently not offering Architecture or Chemistry of Life.