Our SASP Summer Institute is held every summer, and brings together a collaborative group of K-12 teachers of science and university instructors. With separate strands for elementary, middle, and high school teachers, participants gain a stronger understanding and deepen their knowledge of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

All instructors are university faculty and experienced Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) teacher leaders.

When & Where

June 19-22, 2018
8:30am - 3:30pm
@ Sacramento State

ELECTIVE workshops: Tuesday-Wednesday

  • The Fundamentals of NGSS
  • How to Integrate the Crosscutting Concepts
  • What the Phenomena-Question-Model Framework Looks Like in the Classroom
  • Supporting Science Learning with Purposeful Reading
  • Promoting Equity in Science Classrooms via the (W)holistic Science Pedagogy
  • University Science - Astronomy Workshop
  • Collaboration Time (for teacher groups)

What's New

We create all-new content every year. Each day attend a core course, 2 elective workshops, and a science lesson from your grade.

CORE courses:

  • Classroom Shifts in Instruction with NGSS
  • The Role of Investigations in the NGSS Classroom
  • Using Phenomena in NGSS Instruction
  • Beyond a Checklist: What Does It Take to Teach Like This?

ELECTIVE Workshops: Thursday-Friday

  • Establishing a Classroom Culture for Sense-Making
  • Designing NGSS Lesson Sequences
  • Critical Thinking Through Engineering
  • University Science - Biology Workshop
  • Collaboration Time (for teacher groups)


Contact Debbie Dennick at
For payment questions contact Heidi Trapp at

SCIENCE lessons:

  • Three strands covering science content in earth and space science, life sciences, physical sciences, & engineering:
    • Elementary
    • Middle School
    • High School
  • Aligned with NGSS & CCSS

TEACHER Feedback:

  • "I learned something new or refined my understanding of something every day!"
  • "Loved the science workshops... FAVORITE PART!!"
  • "This flexible schedule ... allowed for personalized learning and collaboration and networking with grade levels and disciplines."