Get Involved

CalTeach is eager to explore opportunities to work with new partners interested in improving STEM education in the Bay Area and across the state. Current UC Berkeley students can get involved with CalTeach through our academic Program. We encourage other individuals or groups to browse the pages below for opportunities, or get in touch with our CalTeach Team.

Volunteer Opportunities

For Students

If you have an interest in volunteering in local STEM classrooms, please consider signing up for our CalTeach Courses, since many of them have field placements in which you can get hands-on teaching experience.

For Berkeley Faculty & Staff

As a program primarily for STEM majors, Cal Teach interacts with many academic departments in related fields and we would like to explore increasing these on-campus partnerships. For departmental student advisors and other staff seeking more information about CalTeach, please get in touch with our Student Services Coordinator.

CalTeach is also expanding partnerships with faculty. One key area where faculty involvement is crucial is for research placements for the CalTeach Summer Research Institute. For faculty interested in taking on an instructional role in the CalTeach program, UGIS/EDUC C122: Research Methods is an ideal fit.

In broadening our campus relationships, Cal Teach is also seeking faculty interested in improving K–12 STEM education to act as Faculty Affiliates or Advisory Board members. Campus faculty interested in working with the Cal Teach program are encouraged to get in touch with the faculty co-directors, Professor Deb Nolan (Statistics) or Professor Eugene Chiang (Astrophysics & Earth and Planetary Science).

For Corporations & Non-Profits

The Bay Area is a regional, national, and international leader in many STEM fields and CalTeach is eager to work with corporations and nonprofits interested in helping to prepare the next generation of K–12 educators in these disciplines. Please contact faculty co-directors Professor Deb Nolan and Professor Eugene Chiang if your organization would like to explore a partnership with CalTeach.

For K-12 Teachers

Local K–12 science and math teachers are an integral part of the CalTeach program and we are always eager to connect and work with educators interested in supporting the next generation of outstanding teachers. If you are a K–12 science or math teacher in the Bay Area and are interested in working with CalTeach undergraduates through field placements or mentoring credential students, please contact us!

Mentor a CalTeach Student

Local K–12 science and math teachers are an integral part of the CalTeach program and we are always eager to connect and work with educators interested in supporting the next generation of outstanding teachers. We depend on experienced elementary, middle school, and high school teachers to serve as mentors to our students during their field-based experiences.

Mentor Teachers open their classrooms to CalTeach students, offering guidance and support as they begin to learn about classroom teaching. Pairs of CalTeach students come into the classroom to observe and assist mentor teachers for 1–4 hours a week.

If you would like a pair of volunteers this upcoming semester please email the Student Services Coordinator at advising_calteach@berkeley.edu.

To voice any concerns regarding your current mentee(s) this semester please email the Student Services Coordinator at advising_calteach@berkeley.edu.

Cooperating Teacher Guidelines for CalTeach Student Teachers (2019-2020)

Master Teacher Fellowship

MƒA (Math for America) Berkeley, CalTeach’s sister program, offers five-year professional development fellowships for local public school science and math teachers with at least 3 years of classroom experience.

For more details, please visit the MƒA Berkeley website.

Summer Research Institute

The Berkeley Engineering Research Experiences for Teachers (BERET+D) is an NSF-funded program that provides teachers and teachers-to-be with paid summer research fellowships. The program promotes the development and teaching of lessons that connect engineering and data science research to K-12 science and mathematics curricula. Teachers will receive a $6000 stipend for 6 weeks of full-time research plus a bonus stipend opportunity for attending professional development workshops during the academic year.

BERET+D places in-service and pre-service teacher pairs within faculty labs at UC Berkeley under the supervision of a common research mentor. In-service teachers have at least three years of classroom experience teaching predominantly underrepresented students in nearby public middle and high schools. Pre-service teachers are UC Berkeley students majoring in math, science or engineering and enrolled in one or more of the series of courses offered by the CalTeach program. To be in CalTeach, a student must have a commitment to pursue a career in teaching math or science in the K-12 classroom. Research disciplines include Bioengineering, Chemistry, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Integrative Biology, Earth and Planetary Science, and Physics. See past labs here.

Program Features

  • One in-service and one pre-service teacher are paired in a host lab under the same research mentor, but working on his/her own unique research project.
  • In-service teachers work full-time for 6 weeks. Participants attend lab meetings and meet regularly with their research mentors to assess progress.
  • Teams use their summer research experiences as the basis for developing new engineering lessons and curricular materials for classroom use. During and after the summer, teams work together to develop a curriculum unit of a few days to several weeks, and then jointly teach it in the in-service teacher's classroom during the academic year.
  • Teachers are paid a stipend of $6,000 and can apply for additional grants to implement their lessons.
  • Teachers engage in weekly professional development sessions with other teachers and present their research results in a poster session at the end of the summer.
  • The BERET+D program also offers four professional development trainings throughout the academic year to support implementation of newly designed curriculum. Generally, the trainings will take place on an evening or weekend day in the months of October, December, February, and April. Additional stipends will be available to teachers who participate in professional development.

To Apply

SRI Summer 2021 will take place virtually June 21 - August 13, 2021. Applications for the BERET+D program are available here. Applications are accepted from November through March. We encourage you to apply as early as possible.

Questions? Please email sri_calteach@berkeley.edu.