Professional Development

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.

Professional Development for Curriculum Programs

We provide expert support so you can utilize our curriculum programs to the highest level possible. Our programs are designed to address the needs and challenges of today's educators, including achievement gaps, English language learners, time limitations, and state and national standards.

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.

We are pleased to be able to offer AfterSchool KidzScience kits that address a variety of topics in physical, life, and “green” science. Forensics, Earth and space science are soon to follow. Each kit includes four approximately 45-minute sessions.

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.

Residential environmental education (EE) programs provide highly memorable, immersive learning experiences for large numbers of students, providing a tremendous opportunity for improving student understanding about the natural world. These programs are often staffed by young, enthusiastic teacher/naturalists who can benefit from high quality professional development. The BEETLES project will create a series of professional development modules and videos for EE program leaders to use with their staff. The project will also gather, refine, and develop effective activities and resources from across the field for free online distribution.

A grant funded program where elementary school teachers in the Oakland Unified School District work with researchers and graduate students at the University of California Berkeley to deepen their knowledge and understanding of science and improve their teaching skills.

Our Communicating Ocean Sciences (COS) and Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences (COSIA) courses are award winning college level courses for undergraduate and graduate students in science disciplines. They are designed to help future scientists communicate their subjects and to understand the importance of education, outreach and the broader impact of their work in ocean sciences.

The award winning Communicating Sciences Courses are innovative college level courses aimed primarily at graduate and undergraduate students in science. They are designed to help these students communicate science to various audiences, and to understand the importance of education, outreach and the broader impact of their work in science. All courses introduce participants to current ideas and practices in science education, based on pedagogically sound principles of instruction. Courses are conducted by teams of educators and scientists and employ exemplars of effective educational approaches along side a theoretical framework for teaching and learning. Participants apply what they learn in the course directly to science outreach experiences, teaching in K-5 classrooms or in informal science venues. There are currently three different versions of this course: Communicating Science, Communicating Ocean Sciences to K-12 Audiences (COS K-12) and Communicating Ocean Sciences to Informal Audiences (COSIA).

GEMS has built a substantial base of regional leadership through a national network of GEMS Centers and Network Sites. These sites provide professional development to teachers in their communities.