Welcome to the Science Communities of Practice Partnership Website 

This site was developed for the Science Communities of Practice Partnership and the Elementary Science Partnership and is intended to provide quick and easy access to the resources elementary educators  need for implementation of the NGSS in classrooms and across their school system.  

Contents include a searchable CA-NGSS database, instructional strategies and pedagogy resources, original and curated science content developed in partnership with CSU East Bay science faculty , a Lesson study toolkit, and a District Leadership Teams toolkit.

About ESP

Elementary Science Partnership (ESP) is a professional development partnership aimed at transforming science teaching and learning in predominately low-income schools serving underrepresented minority students and English language learners. 

The partnership focuses on teachers in the upper elementary grade bands and administrators for intensive and ongoing professional development while focusing on building organizational capacity within and amongst partners. ESP is part of the ongoing professional development offered by the Science Partnership led by the Alameda County Office of Education and California State University, East Bay. 

These materials were developed by project staff as part of the NSF Discovery Research K12 (DRK12) Science Communities of Partnership Project (SCOPP).   Award Number: 1813012

Principal Investigator: Kathryn Hayes; Co-Principal Investigator: Dawn O'Connor, Jeffery Seitz, Christine Bae

 Project Staff

Kathryn Hayes

CSUEBAssistant Professor of Educational LeadershipPrincipal Investigator

Dawn O'Connor

Co-Investigator and Project DirectorPedagogical Content LeadDirector of STEM, ACOE

Jeff Seitz

CSUEBAssociate Vice President, Research and Sponsored ProgramsProfessor, Earth and Environmental SciencesCo-InvestigatorEarth Science Content Lead

Christine Lee Bae

Virginia Commonwealth UniversityAssistant Professor, Foundations of EducationCo-Investigator

Nazzy Pakpour

CSUEB Assistant Professor of BiologyLife Science Content Lead

Patrick Fleming

CSUEBAssistant Professor of ChemistryPhysical Science Content Lead

Gita Dunhill

CSUEBLecturer, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Erik Helgren

CSUEBAssociate Professor & ChairDepartment of Physics

Channon Jackson

ACOE Program Manager, SciencePhysical Science Pedagogy Lead

Pam Schaffer

ACOE Program Manager, ScienceLife Science Pedagogy Lead

Bob Miller

Mt. Diablo Unified School District,Physical Science Teacher Leader

Isabel Souto

Hayward Unified School District,Biological Science Teacher Leader

Nancy Wright

Hayward Unified School District,Earth ScienceTeacher Leader

Sarah Williams

Administrative CoordinatorESP Research and PD Support

Eric Nolan

CSUEBPost Doctoral Researcher

Michael Gebreslassie

Graduate Student Researcher

Linda Preminger

Teacher Researcher

Sarah Ansari 

Graduate StudentResearcher

Kenya Taylor

Undergraduate Researcher

Aa’ishah Riaz  

Undergraduate Researcher

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