The focus of the California Science Project (CSP) is to provide area teachers with high-quality, standards-based professional development in science. The California Science Project of Inland Northern California, one of 18 CSP sites across the state, is a collaborative partnership between regional K-12 schools in northern California and California State University, Chico.
In the past, CSP-INC has provided all teachers with paper copies of those resources used during our professional development institutes. However, climate change has quickly become a reality and we are doing our part to reduce our organizational greenhouse gas emissions.
Fully aware of the environmental impacts of paper production, we are committed to minimizing our impact on the world’s forests. This is why most of our resources are available online, reducing the need for printed material. When paper use cannot be avoided, we use 100% post-consumer waste, FSC-certified, recycled paper for all printing and copying.
CSP-INC holds Summer Institutes and monthly workshops with leadership from university instructors, teacher leaders and master teachers. The institutes and workshops include sessions by university faculty and hands-on activities grounded in research-based practices that are designed to enhance teacher effectiveness. The emphasis is on biology, chemistry, earth and physical science with direct links to the California State Science Content Standards. The project incorporates strategies for English Language Learners, which model how science can be used to improve student achievement. The project emphasizes methods of access for all learners through a variety of strategies, integrating best practices with approved materials available.
CSP-INC director, Bev Marcum, welcomes new CSP executive director, Maria C. Simani with a "trash bag hug."