Central Valley Science Project: A Professional Home for Teachers of Science

The Central Valley Science Project aspires to build a professional learning community that promotes science achievement for all students through providing high quality professional development and leadership experiences for teachers. This aspiration is built upon a set of core beliefs:

* Effective science teachers are competent in science content, are capable of delivering standards-based content to diverse groups of students through sound pedagogical strategies, and are willing and able to assume leadership roles within the discipline.

* Science is for ALL students; consequently gender, status, cultural and linguistic equity issues are integral components of all site programs.

* Science learners, whether teachers or students, gain conceptual understanding and develop investigation skills through actively "doing" science.

* Teacher leaders are a key factor in improving science achievement.