Dive into science content, engage in effective teaching pedagogy, and develop a sense of how science really works.
Science Pedagogy Workshops @ the Academy
September 23: Join us for a full-day workshop on using notebooks for scientific meaning-making.
October 21: Demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in this beginner's-level workshop.
January 20: Demystify the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in this beginner's-level workshop.
Jan 27 & Feb 10: Explore the Science and Engineering Practices in this intermediate-level NGSS workshop.
Feb. 3: Learn more about “real-world phenomena” and how they anchor learning in science and engineering.
Crosscutting Concept #1: Patterns. Image (c) Nigel Howe
March 3 & March 17: Explore the Crosscutting Concepts in this intermediate level NGSS workshop.
© Ron Decloux
March 10 & March 24: Be a learner and design your own inquiry project during this two-day, immersive workshop!
Classroom Kit Trainings @ the Academy
© World Fish
November 4: Dive into the world of the coral reef ecosystem and become eligible to borrow this kit!
© Chris Frank
November 14: Explore skulls in this hands-on workshop and become eligible to borrow the Skulls Kit!
© Tyler Christensen
Dec. 2: Join us to explore the Rainforest Kit and become eligible to borrow this hands-on classroom resource.
© Jalrus Khan
Dec. 9: Join us to explore the Evolution Kit and become eligible to borrow this hands-on classroom resource.
Science Notebook Corner
Explore this section to learn the basics of setting up science notebooks with your students.
Learn how science notebooks can help your students plan and carry out hands-on investigations.
Check out our clearinghouse of images from student notebooks!
NGSS Demystified: A Toolkit for Training Teachers
Unlock the big ideas of the new standards, providing a strong foundation to build on as you learn with peers.
What do scientists and engineers do? Explore this question to get teachers comfortable with the practices.
How should CCCs be used in the classroom? Prepare educators for success with this dimension of the NGSS.
Online Courses for Professional Learning
This course weaves activities, videos, and classroom-ready materials into a primer on the process of science.
Take a virtual expedition with us to investigate the amazing diversity of life on this planet.
See ideas for how teachers can use videos, articles, and infographics about Earthquakes in their classroom.
Customized Professional Development for Groups
Check out the range of workshops we have offered recently. Contact us to provide PD for your school team!
The Academy is committed to refining the educational practice of informal science educators.
Videos from the Classroom
Using the table of contents and page headers, students will understand how a notebook is an organizational tool.
Notebooks can be a tool for scientific thinking. Start with scientific observation through sketching!
Allow your students to think through the design of an investigation, and learn from their plan.
Read feedback—both positive and constructive—that the Academy received in 2015 regarding our teacher workshops.
How has the Academy's Teacher Institute affected teaching practice in the Bay Area? Read these teacher quotes!
How did teachers in Cohort 5 (2013-2015) of the Teacher Institute change their science teaching?
Is your school or district interested in receiving professional development for a group of teachers?
Please fill out our customized professional development request form.
Please note that our ability to take on these fee for service requests depends on the time of year and the capacity of our staff.
The W. Richard Bingham Family provides generous support for online educational materials for teachers.
Environmental Literacy Initiative, major funding provided by