Our professional development offerings are designed and taught by the same people who have developed the most innovative science and math curricula and methods available today.
We offer a variety of outstanding inquiry-based science and mathematics professional development options that exemplify sound teaching strategies and are researched to address the needs of all learners. We connect with over 20,000 teachers annually—regionally, nationally, and even internationally through our collaborations with our partner sites, publishers, school districts from NYC to LA, and partners as distant as Japan and Jordan.
We will work with you to create a custom program to suit your needs and bring it directly to your school or district.
Learn effective strategies for teaching science to young learners in professional development workshops led and developed by experienced early childhood specialists. Workshops align with both California Preschool Learning Foundations in Science and Next Generation Science Standards.
Get the skills and the tools to meet today’s most compelling needs in science education. You’ll learn directly from leaders in the field. Many of our programs combine nationally recognized curriculum materials with implementation strategies, plus site-based follow-up support for schools and districts.
Being proficient in mathematics means integrating conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, strategic competence, and adaptive reasoning. Our programs provide mathematics curriculum support from the Kindergarten level though college and teach methods that increase access and exposure to mathematics.
Because lifelong learning occurs within a matrix of formal and informal educational environments, we also offer courses and tools to help prepare educators working outside of school: in science centers, zoos, aquariums, and afterschool programs.
A free professional development series sponsored by the Bay Area Science Project, the Bay Area Mathematics Project, and the Bay Area Writing Project.
Browse through the various professional development programs we have offered in the past to see a sampling of our capabilities.
Early Childhood Education
Early childhood science education provides the foundation for a lifetime of science learning, both in and out of school.
As a teacher, you play a crucial role in helping your young students discover how the world works. The Hall can help you introduce science in a way that is meaningful for young minds, building on children's natural curiosity, developing their scientific thinking, and laying the foundation for later learning.
Book a Professional Development Workshop:
- Get ideas for integrating science with language, drama, movement, and play in relevant and motivating ways.
- Explore activities that emphasize science process skills and practices that can be easily incorporated into your current program.
- Grow your confidence in facilitating developmentally appropriate science experiences for young children.
Workshop duration and topics can be customized to meet your school's particular needs and interests. We can present single workshops or conduct a series of workshops.
Theme: Backyard Science
- Tree Homes
- Investigating Insects
- Terrarium Habitats
Theme: Animals and Their Young
- Elephants and Their Young
- Penguins and Their Young
Theme: Physics and Engineering Design
- Water Explorations
- Simple Circuits
- Simple Hydraulics
Theme: Little Hands Chemistry
- Investigating Solids and Liquids
- Making Mixtures
- Two hours: $800
- Half-Day: $1,200 (4 hours)
- Full-Day: $1,600 (6 hours)
Workshops can be held at the Hall or at your site. An additional fee is charged for travel.
Reserve a Workshop
Contact Ellen Blinderman, Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs, or call her at 510-643-7687 to book a workshop or get more information.
K-12 Science Professional Development
Professional development provides you with the skills and the tools you need to meet today's most compelling needs in science education.
Custom Programs for Professional Learning
We have many opportunities for districts, schools, teachers and students to engage in high-quality science teaching and learning. We offer assistance to districts, schools, leaders and teachers through customized support, professional learning experiences, and strategic planning for K-12 science. Our professional learning specialists design experiences and workshops that assist districts, schools, and teachers in planning for and implementing high-quality science in the classroom.
A Partnership for Bay Area Science Education (BaySci)
BaySci is aimed at improving the capacity of school districts within a national and state context surrounding the preparation, adoption and implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The program is open to teachers, schools, and districts in the Bay Area and beyond. A key feature of BaySci is that it addresses the specific individual needs expressed by district partners by taking strategic advantage of the programs, resources and expertise of the involved informal science education institutions. For more information on BaySci and becoming involved, contact Vanessa Lujan, Ph.D., Program Director (510) 643-0311.
Bay Area Science Project (BASP)
The Bay Area Science Project, one of 18 California Science Projects across the state, is a professional development network for K–8 science teacher leaders. BASP is committed to quality, standards-based science education that is equitable and accessible for all students. The project is designed to meet the needs of low-performing districts by building partnerships with teachers, schools, and districts; and by strengthening the professional community of science educators in the San Francisco Bay Area. BASP hosts Science/ELD Academies and week-long Content & Curriculum Institutes during the summer focusing on different science content areas each year, and Saturday Seminars and school-site support throughout the year. The overarching goal of this effort is to increase all students’ access, learning, and achievement in science.
Professional Development for our Curricula
Visit our curriculum page to find out about available professional development specific to each program.
Our workshops, summer institutes, and Saturday seminars help you deepen your own understanding of mathematics, learn proven strategies for teaching key mathematical concepts, reflect about your practice, and get families more involved in the mathematics education of their children.
Explore professional growth opportunities available to mathematics teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area. We offer support to teachers of students in grades K-9, including summer institutes and Saturday seminars during the academic year. Since 1983, the Bay Area Mathematics Project (BAMP) has offered inspiring professional learning opportunities for K-12 mathematics teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, Solano, and Napa counties. Specializing in support for Common Core implementation and preparation for the new Smarter Balanced assessments, BAMP has a particular focus on equity and supporting English learners. As one of the 19 California Mathematics Project (CMP) sites supported by the State of California and administered by the University of California Office of the President. BAMP increasingly draws strength from increased collaboration with county offices and other CMP sites around the state.
BAMP professional learning opportunities include:
- One week summer institutes focusing on a particular math topic and including information on effective classroom implementation.
- Themed Saturday seminars in collaboration with the Bay Area Science Project and the Bay Area Writing Project
- Common Core Seminar presentations on Saturday Mornings in collaboration with the Alameda Contra Costa Council of Mathematics Educators (AC3ME)
- Contract work with public, private, and parochial schools and districts
- Site-based, customized professional development and coaching for teachers of mathematics
- Technical assistance for teachers, schools, and districts
Current Professional Development Opportunities
Saturday Seminar Series 2015-16
We will be offering three Saturday Seminars for the 2015-16 academic year. These are high-quality, free, PD on Saturdays with focuses on mathematics, science, and writing.
Learn teaching strategies that increase equity in the mathematics classroom. The program helps you examine the way your own mathematical identity drives your instructional decisions and learn how to reflect on your practice. Our EQUALS professional development workshops deepen your understanding of mathematics, pedagogy, and complex equity issues to improve your effectiveness as a mathematics teacher or educator. Also, we help you understand how your instructional decisions increase or limit students’ access to mathematics.
EQUALS was founded in 1977 to develop techniques for keeping young girls interested in mathematics. Over the years this focus has expanded to include people of all colors, socio-economic classes, and diverse language backgrounds.
We can help you make math education equally accessible to all of your students. We can also help you get families involved in their children’s mathematics education. Topics we cover include:
• Common Core State Standards
• Changing practices for diverse classrooms
• Cooperative learning and problem-solving strategies
• English language development and mathematics content
• FAMILY MATH for young children, elementary, and middle school
• FAMILY MATH Leader workshops
Learn how to engage parents on doing mathematics with their children. This helps them become an effective partner in ensuring their children's success in mathematics. Every member of the family, child and adult, can succeed in mathematics when it is presented in a meaningful, enjoyable, and cooperative way. This is at the heart of the FAMILY MATH program.
FAMILY MATH shows adults and children that mathematics is understandable and relevant to their lives. It achieves this through a hands-on, problem-solving approach that emphasizes rich mathematical concepts. The program offers curriculum designed so an adult and child can work together on math at home.
Program staff conduct workshops to prepare parents, teachers, and interested members of the community to organize and offer classes for families in their community. The program has been successfully implemented with:
- inner-city community groups on the east coast,
- in rural southern communities,
- with Spanish-speaking families in the southwest,
- and with national reform movements in other countries.
Lawrence Hall of Science professional learning specialists design experiences and workshops that assist districts, schools, and teachers in planning for and implementing high quality science in the classroom, across a school site, and across school districts. We offer customized professional learning through in-class modeling, workshops at the Hall or at your school site, facilitation of professional learning communities (PLCs), and summer institutes.
Professional Learning Sessions may focus on:
- Infusing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and three-dimensional teaching and learning into your curriculum
- Supporting students to build skills in the science and engineering practices
- Addressing Common Core ELA standards with science instruction
- Modifying your current science curriculum to better align with NGSS
- Planning, preparing, and implementing hands-on, kit-based, LHS-developed curriculum, including FOSS, GEMS, Seeds of Science/Roots of Reading, SEPUP, and MARE
- Using science notebooks with specific inquiry-based science programs
- Supporting your priorities or interests
For More Info Please Contact: Lynn Barakos.
Since 1968, our professional development programs have inspired teachers and school administrators, offering them new skills and innovative approaches to science and math education.
Our most effective past programs, noted here, can give you ideas about how to work with the Hall in the future. If you are interested in launching a new program based on any of those described below, please let us know.
ACCESS worked in partnership with Northern California school districts to strengthen the capacity of schools to prepare students, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups, for college.
ACCESS offered regularly scheduled, site-based mathematics professional development, coaching, and planning services for teachers and administrative staff, primarily at grades 6-12. We also assisted in developing high-quality mathematics curricula and assessment materials. The program focused on increasing teachers' ability to teach a standards-based mathematics curriculum and enhancing their use of a wide range of instructional strategies and resources that address the academic learning needs of a diverse student group.
The program goal was to help students develop the motivation, mathematical knowledge, and problem-solving skills they need in order to become academically competitive and successfully prepare for four-year colleges and careers. Additionally, ACCESS activities contributed to the knowledge base of effective teaching, learning, and assessment practices.
This program was developed primarily for grades 6-12.
BEAM is a three-year staff development project being implemented throughout California. BEAM is creating an exemplary staff development model to better prepare elementary school teachers to deliver high-quality mathematics education with equally high outcomes for English language learning students. The project combines effective staff development practice, research and theory on second-language acquisition, mathematics standards, and structures for discussing equity issues. Other components of BEAM include an innovative online assessment module and a family learning model, based on the highly successful Family Math program.
The Center for Assessment and Evaluation of Student Learning (CAESL) is a national center funded by the National Science Foundation in partnership with WestEd, the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, UCLA, and Stanford University.
The objectives of this national center are:
- development of graduate programs for assessment and evaluation professionals,
- professional development and preservice programs in assessment for science teachers,
- applied research, and public understanding.
ELDI-MC presents institutes focusing on three areas:
- increasing participants’ knowledge and proficiency in application of the English Language Development (ELD) standards,
- providing access to high-quality mathematics for English language learning (ELL) students, and
- deepening participants’ understanding of mathematics content knowledge in the area of algebra and algebraic thinking.
The ELD standards will form the foundation for the institutes. Algebra content aligned with the California Mathematics Content Standards will be embedded in lessons employing ELD strategies, forming a cohesive and coherent program addressing both ELD standards and access to deeper understanding of mathematics content.
This program was developed for grades K-12.
Family Health, an award-winning collaboration of UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science and School of Public Health, presents exciting health science activities for students and families and supports health education efforts in schools and community based organizations. The activities are related to:
- physical activity,
- respiratory health,
- healthy behaviors,
- and disease prevention.
The program is designed to support health education and to build partnerships between health professionals, teachers and community groups.
Program components include:
- family workshops;
- a Medical Mystery Festival;
- the Food and Fitness Festival, Youth Theatre with teens presenting skits about health issues to students and families;
- and Leadership Training Workshops for teachers, parents, volunteer health professionals, youth, and community educators.
This program was developed for grades 6–12.
Saturday Seminars 2016
The Bay Area Mathematics Project, The Bay Area Science Project, and The Bay Area Writing Project are pleased to present three Saturday Seminars for the 2015-16 Academic year on Building Critical Thinking.
Saturday Seminars run from 8:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
For more information about individual seminars please contact contact Jasmine Lopez or call (510) 642-7487.
September 26th, 2015 – Accessing Language Across Different Disciplines
Language and Literacy in CCSS and NGSS
What are the language and literacy demands within and across the content areas of ELA, Math, and Science? All students, including English Language Learners (ELLs), are expected to engage in academic discourse. What are best practices to engage and support students? During this session, we will explore how language and literacy practices are used to advance content learning.
About the Keynote Speaker: Tina Cheuk works for Understanding Language (ell.stanford.edu) and is currently a doctoral student at Stanford. She recently created a Venn diagram that highlighted the relationships and convergences found in the ELA, Math, and Science/Engineering practice standards. She is a Teach for America alumna with experiences as a teacher and school leader, and is a returned Peace Corps volunteer.
Language and Literacy in CCSS and NGSS
Integrating science and literacy for primary students
Lindsay Gonzales, kindergarten teacher, Lafayette Elementary, SFUSD
Exploring How English Works: Linguistic “Mining” of Texts
Greta Vollmer, professor of English Education and Applied Linguistics, Sonoma State University
Linking Language and Learning Mathematics
Harold Asturias, Director of the Bay Area Mathematics Project
January 23rd, 2016 – Analysis and Reasoning
Communicating Mathematical Reasoning
Mathematically proficient students need to develop the academic language to communicate their reasoning as they construct viable arguments. They make conjectures and build a logical progression of statements to explore the truth of their conjectures. Also, they need to understand each others’ way of thinking about mathematics. During this session, we will explore how academic language and mathematical reasoning intersect in students arguments.
About the Keynote Speaker: Emma Trevino is the Project Manager of the implantation of CCSS-M for San Francisco Unified School District. She is responsible for ensuring the coherence of the mathematics professional development design and implementation for the District. Previously, she was the Supervisor of Mathematics Programs for the Dana Center at the University of Texas in Austin. She has extensive experience in the areas of mathematics standards, curriculum, and assessment. She has provided technical assistance to States and Districts.
March 12, 2016 – Assessing Student Understanding
Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era
What uncommonly good ideas for teaching writing are supported by the ELA Common Core State Standards? Join us to look closely at some of the classroom writing practices that are back on the map, and to explore how they play out for students. We now have the opportunity to broaden our writing curriculum. Let’s take on the challenge together!
About the Keynote Speaker: Sandra Murphy served on the writing team of the CCSS writing standards. She is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Davis where she also directed the Center for Cooperative Research and Extension Services for Schools and acted as faculty advisor to the Area III Writing Project.
About the Keynote Speaker: Mary Ann Smith directed the Bay Area and California Writing Projects and served as Director of Government Relations and Public Affairs for the National Writing Project. She is co-author, with Sandra Murphy, of several publications on the teaching and assessment of writing, including the recent book, Uncommonly Good Ideas: Teaching Writing in the Common Core Era.
Professional Development Calendar
- FOSS Materials Management Symposium (Minneapolis, MN), May 12-13
- FOSS K-5 Next Generation Institute for Experienced Users, Jun 28-30
- Human Systems Interactions, FOSS Next Generation Edition: New Short Course for Middle School, Jul 7-8
- Chemical Interactions, FOSS Second Edition: A Focus on Modeling and Engineering, Jul 11-14
- Amgen Biotech Experience, Jul 18-21