Thanks for another awesome SASP Summer Institute!

Check back next spring for updates about the 2018 Summer Institute.


Our SASP Summer Institute is held every summer, and brings together a collaborative group of K-12 teachers of science and university instructors. With separate strands for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, participants gain a stronger understanding and deepen their knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

All instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders.

When & Where

June 19-22, 2017
8:30am - 3:30pm
@ Sacramento State

CORE courses:

  • Selecting Phenomena for Sense-Making
  • Introduction to Engineering
  • Establishing a Culture for Sense-Making
  • Writing Tasks for Sense-Making

New Format!

Each day attend a core course, choose an elective workshop, and experience a science lesson from your grade strand.

ELECTIVE workshops:

  • The Fundamentals of NGSS
  • Promoting Equity in Science
  • Coherent NGSS Storylines
  • Combining Common Core with NGSS
  • Modeling and the Practices
  • The Phenomena-Question-Model Framework
  • Argumentation in Science
  • Collaboration Time (for teacher groups)


Contact Debbie Dennick at or

SCIENCE lessons:

  • Three strands covering science content in earth and space science, life sciences, physical sciences, & engineering:
    • Elementary
    • Middle School
    • High School
  • Aligned with NGSS & CCSS