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K-12 Educators

Get Ready for the Great American Eclipse!

From The Teacher Learning Center at the Astronomical Society of the Pacific.

When: February 18, 2017; 9:00am – 12:30pm
Where: Astronomical Society of the Pacifc, 390 Ashton Ave. San Francisco, CA
Who: Classroom Teachers in Grades 5-12
Cost: $20

Register Here

On August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass directly in front of the Sun, a phenomenon viewable throughout the country! While the path of the total solar eclipse passes through Oregon, observers in northern California will experience from a 75 to 90 percent partial solar eclipse. At a time when many schools are in session!

In this workshop, learn how you can take advantage of this spectacular teachable moment, and engage your class and community in investigating and experiencing the eclipse. Workshop sessions will actively engage participants in an NGSS storyline approach to understanding the how and why of both solar and lunar eclipses.

For more information email or call:
Brian Kruse / bkruse {at} / 415-715-1426

Summer Astronomy Institute: Space Science and the NGSS

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

Dates: Monday-Thursday, July 31-August 3, 2017, 8:30am-4:00pm
Location: Astronomical Society of the Pacific, 390 Ashton Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112

Cost: $400. Scholarships available. $50 deposit required.
Register for the Institute here.

A limited number of scholarships are available for classroom teachers. The scholarships cover the entire basic registration fee of $400. Teachers are responsible for their own transportation.

Applicants for the scholarship must register for the workshop and pay a refundable $50 deposit to hold a spot in the Institute.

Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed for the full amount of this deposit upon completing the Institute. Teachers from Title 1 schools and/or serving high percentages of underrepresented students are strongly encouraged to apply. We will notify applicants about their scholarships no later than Monday, June 6.

Apply for the scholarship here.

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

2 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 ($30 value), a Galileoscope ($50 value), lunch every day, and more!

Workshop Content Includes:

  • Classroom tested, inquiry-rich activities designed to help students learn the processes of science through the study of space science
  • Explicit alignment to the Three Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards
  • Connections to Literacy and the Common Core
  • Astronomy connections for teachers of biology, chemistry, and physics
  • Workshop strands include: Astronomy and the NGSS, Tools of the Astronomer, Exploring the Solar System, Cross-curricular
    Integration, and solar and lunar eclipses
  • Time to reflect on classroom practice and adapting instruction for integrating space science content

Workshop Facilitator:

Brian Kruse, ASP Lead Formal Educator
Linda Shore, ASP Executive Director
Guest Speakers TBD

For more information email or call:

Brian Kruse
bkruse {at}

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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