PAST PROGRAMS

SASP Open Institute: NGSS and CCSS

Summer 2014, 2015, 2016
A 4-day institute on teaching and learning using the Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core State Standards for teachers of grades 4-12.

Excellence in Science Education Plus (eSCI+)

Summer 2012 - Spring 2015
eSCI+ was a partnership between the Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD), the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) at Sacramento State, and the School of Education at UC Davis. The purpose of the partnership was to provide professional development in science education to 70 teachers in grades 6-8 within EGUSD. Funding was through the California Mathematics & Science Partnership (CaMSP) program of the California Department of Education. The project provided 60 hours of intensive professional development and 24 hours of follow-up classroom lesson study each year for 3 years, starting in the summer of 2012.

Closing the Achievement Gap in Science and Mathematics (CAG)

Fall 2010 – Fall 2013
A partnership between the CSUS Mathematics Project, the Sacramento Area Science Project, and the Sacramento City Unified School District dedicated to improving science and mathematics teaching and learning in order to close the achievement gap in performances between student groups.

Model-Based Reasoning Curriculum Workshops

Summer 2011
Intense model-based reasoning workshops for 7th – 12th grade teachers to improve science understanding while experiencing a set of exemplary science lessons related to: particulate model of matter, a model of density and density currents, a model of cell division, and the natural selection model.

Excellence in Science Instruction (eSCI)

Summer 2008- Spring 2011
eSCI, a California Mathematics and Science Partnership grant program, was a collaboration between the Elk Grove Unified School District and the Sacramento Area Science Project designed to improve science instruction in grades 3-5.

Innovations in Science Instruction through Modeling (ISIM)

Spring 2007-Spring 2011
The NSF-funded ISIM program was designed to provide two consecutive cohorts of middle and high school science teachers with two years of professional development centered in model-based reasoning.

Science Projects Related to Equity in Education (SPREE)

2004-2010
SPREE strived to improve science instruction in high-poverty, culturally and linguistically diverse schools that host student teachers for the CSUS College of Education. The goals were to improve science content knowledge, pedagogical repertoire, and awareness of issues of equity and social justice for the K-8 teachers in the program.

California Lesson Study Conference at Monterey Bay

2009
The goal of the California Lesson Study Conference was to provide an engaging forum for lesson study teams and researchers to share their work, for administrators and teachers to learn about the process of lesson study, and for policy-makers to think about the possibilities of lesson study as a tool for building collaborative professional communities, improving instruction, and increasing student achievement.

California Capital Lesson Study Conference

2008
The goal of the California Lesson Study Conference was to provide an engaging forum for lesson study teams and researchers to share their work, for administrators and teachers to learn about the process of lesson study, and for policy-makers to think about the possibilities of lesson study as a tool for building collaborative professional communities, improving instruction, and increasing student achievement.

Yolo Mathematics and Science Partnership (YMSP)

Spring 2006- Fall 2008
YMSP was a science professional development program for teachers in Yolo County, funded by a California Mathematics and Science Partnership grant.