School, Classroom & Teacher Support Programs

Also see Tours & Field Trips in this section

California Teachers Summit. State-wide free event takes place in July at over 30 locations, including colleges & universities across CA. PreK-12th grade California teachers, teacher candidates & school administrators are invited to participate. Keynotes by nationally renowned speakers, fellow teachers, & leaders in education. Network & join small group discussions to share ideas. Sponsored by the New Teacher Center, the Association of Independent California Colleges & Universities, & California State University. Find info at

Famous Artists Portfolio Program; serving all counties. Turtle Bay Exploration Park in Redding offers this free art program for classrooms. Trained parents, teachers & community members present & talk about significant artworks (nearly 60 age-appropriate themes). Suggested follow-up art activities included. (530) 242-3148.

Fine Arts Enrichment Program; Shasta County. A musical arts program for schools funded by the Shasta Community Concerts Association. Performers from Cascade Theater concerts present free 45-minute daytime programs for students at the theater. Reserve early for your school’s class. Email (530) 549-3095.

GEMS Kit Lending Library; serving all counties. The Redding Great Explorations in Math & Science (GEMS) Center at Turtle Bay Exploration Park provides North State teachers & afterschool providers curriculum kits for preK-8th grade classroom use. This standards-supported approach to learning was developed by UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science. Kits include materials for fun, informative, hands-on activities. $35 per school year gives access to all kits. (530) 242-3108.

Haven Humane Society; Anderson/Redding. Offers educational programs for school classrooms, & facility tours for schools, youth groups, & others. Also volunteer opportunities & educational summer camp. 7449 Eastside Rd. (530) 241-1653.

Heimlich Heroes; nationwide. A free educational program designed to teach young people how to respond in the event of choking emergencies. Additionally, they learn how to prevent & minimize the risk of choking. School & organizations can register online to receive a box of materials including a training DVD, training dolls, related poster & bookmarks, etc. Designed by teachers, the program provides a platform to incorporate math, language arts & STEM activities.

Launchpad4kids, Inc. Online crowdfunding platform with the goal of providing children the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities. Launchpad works with schools, nonprofits & local agencies that focus on families & children deemed low-income, &/or foster & at-risk youth between the ages of 3-17. To add your school & nominate a child email for materials you’ll need to get started.

MATHCOUNTS. A national non-profit organization providing engaging math opportunities to U.S. middle school students. Three distinct programs – the National Math Club, Competition Series & Math Video Challenge – build student confidence & improve attitudes about math & problem solving. (703) 299-9006.

New Frontier Theatre Company; Mt. Shasta. Offers a Theatrical Arts in the Schools Initiative to bring theater arts into schools or to enhance existing school programs. Also offers summer classes. (530) 232-5431.

North State Symphony Student Tickets; Redding & Chico. The Symphony offers inexpensive tickets for school groups, youth groups & individual children. Free group ticket vouchers are sometimes available (depending on grant partnerships). Call for details. (530) 898-5984.

Pay It Forward Foundation. Established to educate & inspire students to realize that they can change the world & provides them with opportunities to do so. Students work with teachers at their local schools to develop Pay It Forward assignments. The foundation can provide supportive educational materials & seed money to those who qualify.

Recycling & Rubbish Education (RARE) Program; Butte County. Travels to schools to present age-appropriate hands-on curriculum on recycling & the importance of reusing, reducing & rotting (composting). Coordinates fieldtrips to the landfill where students learn firsthand that “there is no away.” Presentations to high school auto shop classes about recycling motor oil. Teacher’s Resources page offers worksheets, curriculum & visuals for teaching recycling, composting & re-using. A program of the Butte County Environmental Council. (530) 891-6424.

Reading Pals; Chico. Community member volunteers spend one hour (or more!) a week helping children read at selected elementary schools. The one-on-one tutoring program aims to help students reach grade-level reading by 7th grade. For more info or to volunteer, visit (530) 588-0119.

Shakespeare in the Schools Touring Program; Butte County. Every spring a dedicated cast of Butte College student actors brings classic drama to local schools for grades K-8. Presents classic dramatic literature in a 45-minute adapted play that includes sets & costumes. (530) 895-2994.

Teacher Professional Development Workshops; Redding. Teachers & afterschool providers can receive training in programs such as Great Explorations in Math & Science (GEMS), Project Wet, Nanoscale Science & other inquiry-based learning curricula. Taught by experts, workshops occur year-round at Turtle Bay Exploration Park. (530) 242-3108.

Thrive K-12 Learning Center; Chico. Open structured learning environment classes, field trips, science labs, nature studies and guided exploration learning sessions for homeschoolers and other student’s. Topics range from science and history to sewing and woodworking. (530) 828-9288.

Whiskeytown Environmental School; Whiskeytown. Offers environmental education programs based on state standards for students grades K–6. Programs include a week-long residential outdoor science program for grades 5-6, & the popular Clear Creek Field Labs series for grades K–4, offering mini units with pre- and post-classroom lessons & a 2-3 hour field lab led by a  naturalist. Programs are offered through the Shasta County Office of Education.
Located in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. (530)  225-0111.

Updated 3 Oct ’16 LS
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Updated: Oct 3, 2016 @ 3:15 pm