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K-12 Educators

Upcoming Workshops

For more information about any of these workshops, send an email to Brian Kruse: bayareaastro {at}

Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS

A hands-on workshop for teachers in grades 5-12

Presented by The Teacher Learning Center at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

This 4-day workshop will cover classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of space science with explicit alignment to the three dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards and connections to literacy and the Common Core. Workshop strands include: Astronomy and the NGSS, Tools of the Astronomer, Exploring the Solar System, and the Sun-Earth Connection.

Two units of academic credit available through The University of the Pacific. In addition to 4-days of activities, participants receive The Universe at Your Fingertips 2.0 DVD, a $30 value and a class set of 10 Galileoscopes, a $250 value.

A limited number of scholarships are available for classroom teachers. The scholarships are $300 and cover the registration fee. Teachers are responsible for their own transportation. Applicants for the scholarship must register for the workshop and pay a $50 deposit to secure their spot in the Institute. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed for the full amount of this deposit following their attendance at the Institute. Teachers from Title 1 and/or with a high percentage of underrepresented students in their classroom are encouraged to apply, and are given preference in the distribution of scholarships. Apply for the scholarship here.

Download the Summer Institute flyer.

Target Audience: 5th-12th grade teachers
Cost: $300
Date: August 3-6, 2015, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112

Register for the Summer Institute here.

A teacher effects eternity; [s]he can never tell where [her] his influence stops.
Henry Brooks Adams

Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
Carl Sagan

The ASP serves K-12 educators who work in the classrooms and those who provide professional development (PD) to teachers. We design and organize diverse programs and services to support the teaching of astronomy as the gateway to science literacy: workshops, publications, bibliographies, PD conferences and networking. From Project ASTRO where we pair teachers with astronomers to share the excitement of astronomy in classrooms around the country, to our Galileo Teacher Training Program (GTTP), an annual two-day professional development workshop, to Cosmos in the Classroom which takes place every three years for teachers of college-level introductory astronomy (education workshops about the most popular and populated basic science class in universities across the country).

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