South Coast Science Project

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Program for

K12 Teacher

Experience Type

Teacher Professional Development
Academic Preparation


Long-term experience


Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (GGSE)

The South Coast Science Project, a site of the California Science Project, has been providing professional development for teachers since 1990. Located at UC Santa Barbara, and serving teachers in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties, we provide a variety of programs to assist teachers in the delivery of the content of the Science Standards to their students.

Our key program is the annual Summer Standards Institute. A one week, 40-hour program, the Institute addresses the upper elementary standards in one of the three areas of Earth, Life or Physical Science standards each summer. Professional development continues during the year in the form of the reunion days funded by The Center for the Sustainable Use of Renewable Feedstocks (NSF). We address content knowledge, pedagogical approaches, and explore hands-on investigations that are easily carried out in the classroom.

Goals of SCSP:

  1. Increase Science Content Knowledge
  2. Integrate Scientific Practices into Lessons
  3. Build Science Literacy
  4. Build Teacher Leaders