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For Spring of 2024 we are focusing our efforts on Super SIRC.

As we look to next developing SIRC in 2024-2025 we welcome your input! Tell us your what/when/how in this brief survey!

What is SIRC?

Science in the River City is a standards-based professional development program for K-12 science teachers that is designed to deepen teachers' understanding of science and provide innovative ideas, lessons, and strategies for teachers to use in their classrooms.


Each evening, choose from a new set of different science and grade-level workshops. Workshops are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, include hands-on labs and activities, and provide insights from local teacher leaders and  university faculty.

SIRC is also a space for future teacher-leaders to network with others and mentor with existing SASP leadership. Whether you have presented before or not, if you are interested in joining our teacher-leader mentor network please contact Debbie Dennick.

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  • Tuesdays, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Workshops are $50 each

  • Cost Includes: Dinner, parking pass, raffle ticket, and all workshop materials

    • Parking information will be emailed to you a week before the event

  • 0.6 Continuing Education Units are available for purchase at registration and at each event


4:30-5:00pm - Check-in

5:00-6:00pm - Networking Dinner

6:00-8:00pm - Workshops


Check-in location will be included in your confirmation, emailed a week before each event.


Will my district pay for me to attend?

It never hurts to ask! We already have agreements in place with the following school districts to pay registration fees: Elk Grove Unified, San Juan Unified, and Washington Unified. We've had teachers registrations paid for by their district, school site, and PTO/PTA on a case by case basis and by a more formalized agreement to help streamline payment for multiple teachers or workshops. Please let us know if you have any questions or need an support.

How do I pay with a Purchase Order?

We can take Purchase Orders for individual teachers, or we can set up an open PO with your district. Open it up to all of your teachers, or give us a list of pre-approved teachers. We take care of the registration codes, tracking teachers, balances, and alerting you if we get close to the maximum allowance. ​ If funds are already approved, we can get teachers registered right away without needing the Purchase Order in hand! Just have the principal or district office (whoever has approved the payment) email Debbie Dennick confirming the approval and amount of funds.

Do I need to purchase units when I register? How are they counted by my district?

You can purchase units at anytime up until a week after the final event. You must attend all workshops in a series for the full time to earn units. These are Continuing Education Units, they are not part of a Sac State course! Each district calculates them differently, so you will need to contact you district to confirm they will approve the units and how much they will count for. The total time for both SIRC events is 6 hours.

What if I need to cancel my workshop? Will I get a refund? What if my district is paying for me?

Please notify us by e-mail no less than seven business days prior to the event to receive a personal refund (minus a $10 process fee) or to make sure your district is not charged. If there is a cancellation within seven days of the event, no refunds will be issued. Teachers are allowed to transfer their registration, as long as we are notified prior to the start of the event.

I registered but haven't received a parking pass. What should I do?

Check your spam folder! District filters will sometimes let our emails through, and sometimes block them. If you still can't find any email from us, make sure you registered through our website. Registering through your district website does not let us know you are coming. If you still can't find the issue, contact us.

Still have Questions?

Contact Debbie Dennick with any other questions you have.

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