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Elementary Science Learning Academy (ESLA)

The Science Education Department at CSULB is excited to continue to support elementary teachers' professional growth in science and STEM. We will again provide a two-week summer institute (June 25 - July 6) followed by academic year programming and support. Participating teachers will receive a stipend and science supplies for their classroom. It is expected that teachers will participate in the academic year professional development in addition to the summer institute. For an additional fee, participants can earn upper division credit.

Summer 2018 will focus on Next Generation Science Standards, the CA Science Curriculum Framework, the role of phenomena in instruction, and so much more.

In an effort to increase the impact of the program, we are encouraging teams or partners of teachers from the same school site to participate. This will help you have another person on site who is excited about teaching science with you.

Who is Eligible

K through 5th grade teachers. Teachers interested in increasing their confidence and competence at teaching science. Preference will be given to pairs/teams of teachers from the same school and to teacher who work in high need schools.

When and Where

Summer 2018 will take place at California State University Long Beach on June 25 - July 6 from 8:30am-4:30pm daily.

Participating teachers will receive a $400 stipend for successful completion of the summer institute plus science materials for use in their classroom. An additional $100 stipend will be provided to teachers who complete the 15 hours of professional development during the academic year. Participants will have the opportunity to attend the California Science Education Conference (in Pasadena, Nov 30-Dec 2).

How to Apply

Applications for 2019-2020 are now available.

The Richard D. Green Elementary Science Learning Academy is taking applications from K-5 elementary teachers and administrators for a cohort of educators just getting started with NGSS. The program consists of 2 days during summer 2019 (June 25-26) and academic year professional learning opportunities. To remain active in the program participants must participate in at least 15 hours of science professional learning during the 2019-2020 school year.

Review of applications will begin May 19 and continue until the cohort is filled.


Contact, 562-985-1408.

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This program is funded by a generous donation from Richard D. Green.