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 2019-2020 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)

MBAMP Fall Conference 2019
MBAMP Fall Conference Flyer
November 16, 2019
Monterey County Office of Education
1-day math conference
See more details and Register here!


2020 Western Region Noyce Conference

Western Region Noyce Conference 2020
February 21-23, 2020 in Portland, Oregon
A conference for Noyce Scholars and Teaching Fellows! Some funding available to cover travel expenses. If you are a Cal Teach UCSC Noyce Scholar and are interested, please contact Gretchen by Friday, October 11. Learn more here!

NMAAHC STEM Master Teacher Program - Apply by October 19, 2019!
NMAAHC STEM Master Teacher Program Flyer
The NMAAHC is continuing with second year of the STEM Master Teacher Fellowship! This fellowship is for STEM teacher with at least 5 years of experience and "provides an opportunity for a K-12 STEM teacher to work remotely with the National Museum of African American History and Culture staff throughout the 2019-2020 school year, and onsite for the selected teacher’s spring break, and a two-month period during the summer in Washington, DC. The NMAAHC STEM Master Teacher Fellow will be an integral member of the NMAAHC Education team as they assist in providing professional development workshops and virtual content to K-12 STEM teachers across the nation." Learn more & apply here!


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


California Academy of Sciences Teacher Workshops
The California Academy of Sciences holds multiple teacher professional development workshops throughout the year. For the 19-20 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.


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 Fall 2019

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 Fall 2019 

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!

Professional Development Teacher Resources

NAMI Mental Health Ending the Silence Teacher Resource Guide 2018