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About the Sacramento Area Science Project

The Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) is an educational partnership between the University of California, Davis, and California State University, Sacramento. Our mission is to provide high quality professional development services to improve the teaching and learning of science in the greater Sacramento region. SASP is a regional site of the California Science Project, one of the California Subject Matter Projects.

Currently, SASP provides support to teachers, schools, and districts in understanding and implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) related to science and the technical subjects. Our goal is to improve student understanding of science by improving the teaching of science. Our programs focus on improving teacher understanding of science content and the pedagogical approaches needed to effectively teach science to all students.

We encourage teachers to reflect on their instructional practices, focus on student ideas, and collaborate with their peers to improve student learning. We provide teachers with exemplary lessons, new ideas, and the classroom tools necessary to support student literacy in science. In fulfilling our mission, the two universities work closely with schools, school districts, science centers, county offices of education, community colleges, public and private organizations, and science educators to increase the quality of science instruction and student achievement.

Click here to read our original SASP Statement of Purpose from 1992.

Our Staff
Sacramento State Office

Center for Mathematics and Science Education
6000 J Street - Sequoia Hall #202
Sacramento, CA 95819-6125
phone: (916) 278-5487
fax: (916) 278-5084

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Susan Rubert
Co-Director of the Sacramento Area Science Project

(916) 278-4870


Jenna Porter
SASP Faculty Advisor
Professor of Education, Sacramento State

(916) 278-4620


Debbie Dennick
Program & Event Manager

(916) 278-4497


Nick Niebank
Administrative Support Coordinator

(916) 278-5487

UC Davis Office
School of Education
1 Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 219-0402


Cindy Passmore
SASP Faculty Advisor
Professor of Education, UC Davis
(530) 752-7883


Chris Griesemer
Executive Director
Sacramento Area Science Project

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