• Science in the Park
    "I felt like today gave me a real sense for how to apply the different parts of the standards to my teaching. Working with the grade level teams created strong questions and answers." -Kindergarten Teacher, Mill Valley School District
  • Teachers learning about skulls
    "I appreciated that your instruction modeled the inquiry instruction that we were being taught." -Teacher, Jefferson Elementary School District
  • Tree sketching
    "I value the different approach and you making me think in a different way." -Teacher, Marin Primary and Middle School
  • Teachers learning about electricity
    "I valued the time to delve deeply into specific lessons with colleagues." -Teacher, Marin Primary and Middle School
  • Teachers in the Lab
    "I valued the hands-on opportunity. It shows us, not tells us, what to do with our kids." -Teacher, Jefferson Elementary School District
  • Teacher notebook
    "I love how we decorated and USED our own Science Notebook. I LOVED using the materials to design our own investigation." -Teacher, Marjorie H. Tobias Elementary
  • Teachers with certificates!
    "I valued the opportunity to explore, engage, and have a lot of fun learning with my colleagues!" -Teacher, Marin Primary and Middle School

We are not currently accepting requests for customized science support, but please watch this page as we design new customized virtual offerings, and determine what our in-person support will look like in the coming months. If you would like to stay in touch, please complete this short contact form and we will reach out when we know more!

Is your school or district seeking professional development in science instruction for a group of educators?

Read on, then complete the request form to start a conversation with the Academy's Teacher Professional Development team. We would love to work with you to determine whether we can support your team of educators.

How do we support teachers?

Our team can customize a professional learning sequence based on the goals of your school or district. We can host teachers here in our world-class museum, or travel to nearby school sites. We are open to partnerships that include:

  • Delivering PD experiences for half-day, one-day, or multi-day sessions
  • Building the capacity of teacher leaders within and across school sites
  • Coaching teachers one-on-one in the classroom
  • Coaching groups of teachers at school sites
  • Facilitating planning days for groups of teachers

We can deliver one-day sessions or multi-day series focused on any of the following themes:

  • NGSS: Introductory & Intermediate Workshops
  • Making the Most of Science Notebooks
  • Levels of Inquiry/Student Investigations
  • Hands On, Minds On: Activity Before Content
  • Exploring Phenomena: Using Science to Figure Things Out
  • Science Discourse for the NGSS classroom
  • Mindset Matters: Learning and the Brain
  • ...and more!

What is the process for requesting PD from the Academy?

The first step is to contact us through our Request Form! We are available to provide custom professional development during the academic year from September through April. 

IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR 2020-21 SCHOOL YEAR: Due to school and museum closure, we have paused our  request process. Our team is currently developing Virtual PD options for the 2020-21 school year. 



    What happens after the form is submitted?

    Within two weeks of submission, our team will reach out to you to schedule a short phone conversation. This call will allow the Academy team to learn more about your request, provide time for you to ask any questions of us, and let us determine our next steps together.


    How much does this cost?

    Previous partnerships with schools, districts, universities, and county offices have ranged in cost from approximately $1K (e.g. delivering a 1.5-hour conference-style session) to $70K (e.g. year-long, multi-modal support for an entire district around implementing new NGSS-aligned curriculum). 

    The cost of the Academy's custom PD depends on the length of the partnership, scope of work, and how much customization is requested or required.

    The Academy's Teacher Professional Development team looks forward to learning more about your context and needs in order to craft meaningful science support to fit your goals and budget.



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    • Our team is currently developing Virtual PD options and determining what our capacity will be in 2020-21.
    • If you would like us to reach out when we know more, please complete this short form.
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    Acalanes High School

    Bay Area Teacher Training Institute

    Benicia Unified School District

    Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, Louisiana

    Contra Costa County Office of Education

    Convent of the Sacred Heart

    Gordon J. Lau Elementary

    Jefferson Elementary School District

    Leadership Public Schools

    Los Gatos Union School District

    Marin Primary & Middle School

    Marjorie H. Tobias Elementary

    Mill Valley School District

    Palo Alto Unified School District

    Pleasanton Unified School District

    San Francisco Archdiocese

    San Francisco State University

    San Francisco Unified School District

    Sonoma County Office of Education

    Reed Union School District