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Science in the River City

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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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Spring Series of Science in the River City at Sacramento State



  • Tuesdays, 5:00-8:00pm

  • Workshops are $50 each, or $95 for the series.

  • 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.


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 or a zoom link. 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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