Professional Learning

The Argumentation Toolkit

The Argumentation Toolkit

The Argumentation Toolkit is a collection of resources designed to help teachers understand and teach scientific argumentation. The Argumentation Toolkit website includes videos and other resources to support teachers in successfully integrating argumentation into science lessons.

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Bay Area Mathematics Project (BAMP)

Since 1983, BAMP has offered inspiring professional learning opportunities for K-12 mathematics teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators in Alameda, Contra Costa,, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

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A Partnership for Bay Area Science Education (BaySci)

Focused on district capacity-building, BaySci is committed to improving science education through the development of systems for professional learning, distributed leadership, supportive policies, and giving explicit attention to equitable science teaching and learning.

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Bay Area Science Project (BASP)

As part of the statewide California Science Project network, BASP provides high-quality professional learning for K-12 educators in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, to support and improve their teaching and their students’ learning science.

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Better Environmental Education Teaching, Learning, Expertise and Sharing (BEETLES)

Residential environmental education (EE) programs provide highly memorable, immersive learning experiences for large numbers of students, offering a tremendous opportunity for improving their understanding of the natural world.

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Marine Activities, Resources, and Education (MARE)

Do you want your students to learn more about the influence of the ocean on them and to explore how they themselves influence the ocean? Are you looking for a school-wide event that will bring faculty, students, and families together, using the ocean as the context for celebrating, learning, and connecting?

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Transforming STEM Teaching Faculty Learning Program (FLP)

The FLP is a professional learning program devised to assist both university and college instructors of STEM courses. The FLP is designed to improve STEM faculties’ instructional practice and then to have it be sustainably adopted by their institutions.

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Practicum Academy to Improve Science Education (PRACTISE)

Argumentation is one of the most complex science practices both for students to learn and for teachers to learn to teach, yet it is a high-leverage practice that cuts across all content areas and builds students’ critical thinking skills. The PRACTISE project developed and researched an effective model of professional learning to support the development of teachers’ pedagogical skills to teach scientific argumentation.

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Outdoor Biology Instructional Strategies (OBIS)

OBIS is an outdoor program that offers young people fun and challenging opportunities to investigate ecological relationships in their local environment.

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Reflecting on Practice™ (RoP)

RoP is a professional learning program designed for adoption by informal science learning environments so that all educators in an organization can participate and learn together. The trademarked program immerses all types of educators—veteran and beginning, full-time and part-time, career and seasonal—in discussions about, reflections on, and applications of research and theory on learning and teaching science.