Professional Development Educators

Professional Learning

Infuse your practice with innovative ideas and strategies to engage students in science learning! Explore activities and materials designed to inspire student-driven inquiry and critical thinking. Workshops are correlated to both Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards - plus offer interdisciplinary connections to enrich student understanding. Deepen your own science knowledge and expand your teaching practices by participating in one of our workshops today!

Next Generation Science Standards 101 for TK-5th Teachers

Join us for this unique, one-day Hands-On professional learning experience! Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards, specific strategies for integrating Science with English/Language Arts and Mathematics, grade level-specific lessons, and take-home resources.

You will explore and experience the Three-Dimensional learning approach, the significance of Crosscutting Concepts for student learning, Science & Engineering Practices, and an introduction to the Engineering Design Standards and science notebooking across content areas.

Next Generation Science Standards 101 Dates

Saturday, March 4, 2017 - 8:00am-2:30pm
Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 8:00am-2:30pm

Fee: $125 per participant
(Fee includes 6 hours of professional learning, take home materials and resources, continental breakfast, lunch and parking. Participants are asked to bring an electronic device such as a smartphone, laptop, or tablet. WiFi will be provided.)  

Registration Information

Download a flyer with additional information.
To register, please call the Reservations Department at 213-744-2019.
For program information (other than registration), contact Elena Lopez at or 213-744-2036.

Elementary Science Partnership Series

A California Science Center NGSS Professional Development Opportunity

The California Science Center Foundation is offering an intensive, interactive partnership program that supports the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for elementary schools. The program will help schools increase familiarity with the NGSS and provide a basis for planning instruction around the new standards in advance of upcoming assessments and state-wide realization.

For more information and pricing details, contact Elena Lopez at or 213-744-2036.

Download a flyer with additional information.

Ecosystems Field Trip Lessons

Visiting the California Science Center with your K-5 class? Focus your visit with a grade-level specific, Next Generation Science Standards-connected activity that can be facilitated by teachers or chaperones for small groups within our Ecosystems gallery. Each activity includes an activity sheet and optional post-visit classroom activity.