Professional Development Opportunities

Cal Teach is excited to announce that math teacher Valerie Neer (Cypress High School) is continuing to facilitate the participation of Cal Teach interns, graduates, and host teachers in teacher professional development events and opportunities during the 2020-2021 school year. We will list those events and opportunities (and other opportunities we hear about along the way) here!

Want to get involved in the planning for Cal Teach-hosted professional development opportunities, perhaps as an independent study? Email Cal Teach to let us know!

Upcoming Professional Development Events
(scroll down for even more non-event opportunities, such as courses for both students & in-service teachers)


A STEMM Education Care Package: Stay Safe, Stay Schooled, Stay Sane
Register online for each event 
Click the link above to register...description below:
"For those who have been helping young learners at home over the past few months, The Exchange wants to provide you with a science care package to help in these difficult times. Now is the time for preparing fresh, exciting ideas for keeping kids engaged. You have equipment and supplies sitting around your house which an be used to conduct science experiments and tackle engineering challenges. Did you know that free mobile apps can turn your smartphone into a data collection tool using the sensors it has to explore the world around you? With uncertainty about what lies ahead for the start of next school year, it is clear that ensuring all students have access to equitable learning opportunities, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math, need to remain a priority. Join us as this panel shares ideas that will have everyone noticing and wondering about the world around them."

2021 Western Regional Noyce Association's Summer Math Workshop - Quantitative Workshop: Mathematics in Context

The 2021 WRNA Summer Math Workshop is now open for registration! The Quantitative Workshop: Mathematics in Context will take place June 21-25 & June 28-July 1 at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.

Project Goals/Objectives

  • Develop an understanding of what quantitative reasoning is, and what it is not;

  • Understand the importance of quantitative reasoning in today's world;

  • Discover ways to develop and improve quantitative reasoning abilities in their students;

  • Provide an immersive experience in quantitative reasoning.

  • Provide participants with interesting problems and activities that they can incorporate into their own teaching.

  • Develop valuable relationships and networks with other Noyce mathematics teachers throughout the Western Region.

Participants earn a $250 stipend and 64 hours of professional development seat hours for successfully completing the workshop! Up to $500 in travel expenses can be reimbursed. Lodging is provided for non-local participants. Breakfast will be at the hotel, lunch at the hotel, and dinner is on your own. 

This workshop is only available for Noyce Scholars. Learn more about this awesome opportunity on the conference website!


Mental Health First Aid Certification
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour class here at UCSC. Participants learn a five-step action plan to help loved ones, colleagues, neighbors and others to cope with mental health problems. Participants that complete the class receive a three-year certification in MHFA.

Similar to traditional First Aid and CPR, Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a crisis until professional treatment is obtained or the crisis resolves. Participants who complete the class will receive a three year certification in MHFA.

Mental Health First Aid is an empirically-backed public education and prevention tool - it improves the public's knowledge of mental health problems and connects people with care for their mental health problems.

Class offerings - Academic Year 19-20
Saturday, Oct. 26
Saturday, Nov. 16
*Friday, Dec. 6 (Youth Mental Health First Aid)
Saturday, Jan. 25
Wednesday, Jan. 29
Wednesday, June 24
Wednesday, July 1

To sign up for a class please send your name and the day you would like to take the class to


The New York Times Teaching Project
The New York Times Teaching Project will begin with a three-day institute in New York City in July 2021, through which participants will get an insider’s view of The Times, explore dozens of ways to use the paper across the curriculum, and begin to create their own curriculum project that fits the needs of their students and schools.

The program will continue through the 2020-21 school year as participants continue to work on their curriculum projects, collaborate virtually, share ideas with their individual school communities and have opportunities to work with the Learning Network community as a whole.

Please read the information on this page to learn more and apply if you're interested!


California Academy of Sciences Teacher Workshops
The California Academy of Sciences holds multiple teacher professional development workshops throughout the year. For the 20-21 school year, you can learn how to use science notebooks strategically to get your students thinking like scientists, become eligible to rent a rainforest kit for your classroom, urban science, and more! See dates and more information here.


Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education 
Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Education (BSME) has influenced many students, some who are pursuing a teaching license in mathematics and others who are mathematics majors curious about the Hungarian pedagogy based on guided discovery. The Hungarian pedagogy is the focus of the BSME program (more information about Hungarian pedagogy here:

The BSME application deadlines are as follows:

  • Summer 2021 term is April 1
  • Fall 2021 semester is May 24
  • Spring 2022 semester is Nov. 1

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis so students are encouraged to start their applications now at We also welcome recent college graduates to apply, including current seniors and in-service teachers. Please let Cal Teach know if you apply — we'd love to know how it goes so we can share the info with future students.


GEMS develops and publishes science and math curriculum, offers professional development, and maintains an international support network. 


Courses suggested by Cal Teach to assist your Professional Development

EDS124BR: Teaching Computation for Everyone - UC Online Course - Offered each quarter

Teaching Computation for Everyone
            Current Students: Consider enrolling in Professor Beth Simon’s Fall 2019 online course, Teaching Computation in the Digital World (4 units). More details here!
            In-Service Teachers: Beth Simon has developed more flexible and inexpensive options for in-service teachers. Cal Teach recommends this as it is impressive and may meet your needs.
            Questions? Come by the Cal Teach offices or email Professor Simon 

EDS124AR: Teaching Computation in the Digital World - UC Online Course - Offered each quarter 

EDS 124AR: Teaching Computation in the Digital World
Do you dream of teaching secondary computer science one day, or do you just want to know how to include computational thinking better into your classes? Learn more about this awesome course here!