Teacher Professional Development
June 21–26, 2020

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Applications are due by March 9.

About the Institute

Join us to examine the role that humans have played in the stability and change of Monterey Bay. Explore our vibrant, local environment through field investigations. Make conservation issues and action relevant to students through development of a sense of place. Topics may include climate change science; physics, chemistry and biology of the kelp forest; plastic pollution; and sustainable seafood. Sessions will be held at the Monterey Bay Aquarium and local field sites.


Collaborate with Colleagues
Discover New Teaching Strategies
Engage with Scientists and Experts
Explore Local Field Sites
Go Behind the Scenes at the Aquarium
Incorporate Technology
Integrate Inquiry-Based Curriculum
Support Common Core State Standards
Support Next Generation Science Standards


  • The institute is free
  • A stipend of $50 per day is available upon completion of the program
  • For summer 2020, dorm housing and meals are provided at Stevenson School in Pebble Beach
  • CEUs are available through CSU Monterey Bay for an additional fee (verify that your district office accepts CEUs, which are non-academic units)


  • Full-time 9th through 12th grade teachers
  • Teams of two to four teachers from the same or nearby schools; interdisciplinary teams are encouraged
  • You must be able to attend all sessions beginning midday Sunday through Friday afternoon (optional free housing provided at Stevenson School on Friday night)


  • Attend all summer sessions
  • Use the curriculum materials and technology applications with your students
  • Participate in the Aquarium's online professional development community


  • Dorm housing and meals will be provided at the Stevenson School in Pebble Beach

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Beth Callaghan

Meet the Lead Instructor

Beth Callaghan
Teacher Programs Supervisor
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"I hoped to have fun, be inspired by the Aquarium and the bay, and gain new ideas for science content and new strategies to become a better, stronger teacher. I left having met all of those. The modeling provided by staff, and support from other teachers in the institute, was simply amazing."

- Past participant, high school teacher

Educator Programs
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Phone: 831.648.4846
Fax: 831.647.4526