Professional Development Educators

Professional Development

Infuse your practice with innovative ideas and strategies to engage students in science learning! Explore activities and materials designed to inspire student-driven inquiry and critical thinking. Workshops are correlated to both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards - plus offer interdisciplinary connections to enrich student understanding. Deepen your own science knowledge and expand your teaching practices by participating in one of our workshops today!

Next Generation Science Standards 101 for TK-5th Grade Teachers

Join us for a unique Hands-On professional learning experience! Participants will walk away with a basic understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards as you DO the Science & Engineering Practices, UNDERSTAND the Disciplinary Core Ideas, and CONNECT ideas with the Crosscutting Concepts. You will explore and experience the Engineering Design Process and leave with resources and ideas you can implement immediately!

Registration Information

Who: TK-5th grade teachers, coaches, and specialists

When: Saturday, August 24, 2019, 8:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Fee: $125 per participant
(Fee includes 6 hours of professional learning, take home materials and resources, light breakfast, lunch, and parking. Participants are asked to bring a laptop computer. WiFi will be provided.)

To register, please call the Reservations Department at 213-744-2019.
For program information (other than registration), contact Elena Lopez at [email protected] or 213-744-2036.

Phenomenon-Based Lesson Sequences and Notebooking for K-5 Classrooms

Transitioning to NGSS? Want to move beyond the basics? Join us to explore a 3-Dimensional NGSS lesson sequence that offers opportunities to practice skills such as constructing explanations of phenomena, planning and carrying out investigations, and engaging in argument with peers. Experience the impact of interactive science notebooks as a tool for integrating reading, writing, speaking, listening, and sense-making into science time.  

Registration Information

Who: TK-5th grade teachers, coaches, and specialists

When: Saturday, September 7, 2019, 8:00 A.M. - 2:30 P.M.

Fee: $125 per participant(Fee includes 6 hours of professional learning, take home materials and resources, light breakfast, lunch, and parking. Participants are asked to bring a laptop computer. WiFi will be provided.)

To register, please call the Reservations Department at 213-744-2019. For program information (other than registration), contact Elena Lopez at [email protected] or 213-744-2036.

Elementary Science Partnership Series

A California Science Center NGSS Professional Development Opportunity

The California Science Center Foundation is offering an intensive, interactive partnership program that provides the opportunity for individual schools, entire districts, or networks of schools to increase familiarity with the NGSS and provide a basis for planning instruction around the new standards in advance of upcoming assessments and state-wide realization.

Download a flyer with more information.

For more information and pricing details, contact Elena Lopez at [email protected] or 213-744-2036.

Ecosystems Field Trip Lessons

Visiting the California Science Center with your K-5 class? Focus your visit with a grade-level specific, Next Generation Science Standards-connected activity that can be facilitated by teachers or chaperones for small groups within our Ecosystems gallery. Each activity includes an activity sheet and optional post-visit classroom activity.