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School Programs

SEP offers several programs that take place at school sites throughout San Francisco. The majority of these programs are classroom-based partnerships: UCSF volunteers partnered with SFUSD teachers co-plan and co-teach a series of science and/or health lessons in the classroom. The UCSF volunteers are a diverse group, including graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and students in the professional schools of medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, and nursing. An important feature of SEP’s classroom-based partnerships is that they are not single-visit "guest lectures", rather through these programs, SFUSD students benefit from sustained contact with UCSF volunteers.

Elementary School

There are two classroom-based partnership programs at the elementary level; they both occur during the spring and require a commitment of about 20 hours on the part of the UCSF volunteers and SFUSD teachers.

  • MedTeach partners first-year medical students with teachers who have chosen lessons topics focused on health and/or the human body.
  • Health Teach partners professional students from Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing and Physical Therapy with San Francisco public school teachers to plan and co-teach a series of hands-on human body and health lessons in kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms.
  • Scientist-Teacher Action Teams (STAT) are composed of all other UCSF volunteers (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research scientists, and students in the professional schools of pharmacy, dentistry, physical therapy, and nursing) and their teacher partners. Lessons may be in the areas of life, earth, and/or physical science depending on the expressed goals of the teacher partners.
  • City Science Curriculum Support (CS2),SEP's newest program, serves as a supporting partnership for teachers who participated in the 2012 City Science Summer Institute. Each team will have one teacher paired with one UCSF scientist to co-plan and co-teach the FOSS curriculum learned during the City Science Summer Institute week

Middle and High School

  • Bio&ChemTeach is a classroom-based partnership program at the middle and high school level. Generally, one teacher partners with two to three UCSF volunteers to together teach a minimum of four lessons in the spring semester. The estimated time commitment for volunteers and teachers is 20 hours.
  • A new high school program, Pathways, began in August 2009 - with recruiting in the spring. Pathways teachers and scientists will work together for the entire school year, co-teaching science investigations and taking part in an intensive professional development program focused on strategies to promote the academic achievement of underrepresented minorities. The time commitment is estimated to be 150 hours and both teachers and UCSF volunteers will receive a stipend.