Teacher & Classroom Support

Teachers need each other! Network with others in your profession or discover resources that can bring new elements to your classroom. Also see Field Trips & Tours in this section

California Teachers Summit. State-wide free event takes place in July at more than 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 http://www.cateacherssummit.com.

EdCoup.org. The secret society of innovative teachers, offering an anonymous online chat room for teachers called The Vault. This collection of chat rooms is for USA based K-12 teachers & classroom support professionals who want a safe place to connect, communicate, support, share resources, swap stories & more. Go to the website to sign up for free! rebel@edcoup.org. http://www.edcoup.org. 

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. http://www.turtlebay.org/famousartists. (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. music4schools@shastalive.com. http://www.shastacommunityconcerts.com/fine_arts/outreach.html. (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.www.turtlebay.org/lending-library. (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. http://www.havenhumane.org. 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. http://www.heimlichheroes.com.

Kids Art Teaching Supplies; Online. Mt. Shasta-based company offering quality art teaching materials, supplies, lesson plans & activities for children. Child-tested, child-safe art products, how-to books, art history & enrichment especially for kids ages preschool through teens. http://www.kidsart.com. (530) 926-5076.

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 low-income families & foster or at-risk youth between the ages of 3-17 yrs. To add your school & nominate a child email give@launchpad4kids.org for materials you’ll need to get started. http://www.launchpad4kids.org.

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. http://www.mathcounts.org. (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. http://www.newfrontiertheatrecompany.com. (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. http://www.northstatesymphony.org. (530) 898-5984.

Pay It Forward Foundation; Established to educate & inspire students to realize that they can change the world & give them 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. http://www.payitforwardfoundation.org.

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 http://www.readingpalschico.org. (530) 588-0119.

Rural Schools Collaborative. The Rural Schools Collaborative strengthens the bonds between rural schools & communities through place-based engagement, philanthropy & developing teacher-leaders. Offers the Grants in Place program to support innovative rural teachers & their programs, technical assistance, social networking & the Rural Teacher Corps. http://www.ruralschoolscollaborative.org. Email: info@ruralschoolscollaborative.org.

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. goo.gl/pRcBmv. (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. http://www.turtlebay.org/learn/professionaldevelopment. (530) 242-3108.

The Creative Apple; Chico. Wide variety of educational toys & supplies, children’s books, puzzles, games, rewards, art supplies, science fair ideas, CDs & DVDs. For parents, teachers & homeschoolers. Open daily. http://www.thecreativeapple.com. 2201 Pillsbury Rd., Ste.182. (530) 345-0122.

Thrive K-12 Learning Center; Chico. Open structured learning environment classes, field trips, science labs, nature studies & guided exploration learning sessions for home-schoolers & other students. Topics range from science & history to sewing & woodworking. http://www.thrivechico.org.
(530) 828-9288.

Whiskeytown Environmental School. 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- & post-classroom lessons & a 2-3 hour field lab led by a  naturalist. Programs are offered through the Shasta County Office of Education. https://goo.gl/Sj1VKZ. Located in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area.
(530) 225-0111.

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Updated: Jul 14, 2017 @ 10:14 am