Summer Institute

SMI-SALSA Scientific Teaching Summer Institute

The SMI-SALSA Summer Institute 2017 at UCR will focus upon seamlessly integrating essential laboratory skills involving measurement and experimental error with contemporary STEM pedagogy.   This summer institute will expand and sharpen participants teaching skills through workshops facilitated by national science education experts  Dr. Sue Wessler, Distinguished Professor of Genetics,  Dr. Jim Burnette, Academic Coordinator-the Dynamic Genome, Dr. Bradley Hyman,Professor of Biology, and Dr. Rich Cardullo, Interim Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, are collaborating to offer a unique professional development opportunity for STEM teachers seeking to combine practical laboratory science with science and mathematics lesson planning.  

This intensive workshop will expose credentialed secondary STEM teachers and pre-service STEM teachers to useful laboratory measurement techniques through wet bench experiences already adopted by previous summer institute participants in their classrooms.  These analytical techniques will then be converted into mathematics and science classroom lessons using the latest Scientific Teaching pedagogies.  Participants who complete the training will be provided with the materials necessary to use in their classrooms.

Participants were expected to:

Complete outside class reading assignments by designated due dates

Apply scientific teaching principles to science/mathematics topics

Design and implement teachable lessons collaboratively with other participants

Dates: June 26 - 30, 2017

Stipends for participants:

- Pre-service STEM Teachers: $250

- Credentialed STEM Secondary Teachers: $500

Applications - Due April 28, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon)

-Pre-Service STEM Teachers (SMI Students)

- Credentialed STEM Secondary Teachers


Environmental Science Education Summer Institute

The 2017 Environmental Science Education: Air Quality and Climate Workshop at UCR will focus on educating credentialed high school and pre-service STEM teachers with the pedagogy and techniques to integrate scientific contents related to air quality and climate in their classrooms.  During the academic year Professor Roya Bahreini and her research group will visit local high schools representing workshop attendees to perform demonstrations that build upon basic chemistry, physics, mathematics, and environmental sciences, illustrating phenomena related to air quality and climate while her students will work one-on-one with  students having difficulties with in-class assignments related to the demonstrations.

Dates: July 11 - 14, 2017

Stipends for participants: $600

Applications - Due: May 12, 2017

- Pre-service STEM Teachers (Undergraduate STEM Majors)

- Credentialed STEM Secondary Teachers


Physics for High School Teachers Summer Institute

The Summer Physics Academy for High School Teachers is a 5-day Institute coordinated by the UCR Department of Physics and Astronomy and UCR physics faculty.  Things to expect:

  • Refresh your content knowledge of physics concepts
  • Participate in hands-on activities
  • Learn about current research performed by UCR faculty
  • Network with teachers in the region and UCR faculty

Dates: June 12 - 16, 2017

Stipends for participants: $400

Application - Due May 5, 2017




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