Teacher Info

Professional Development

Turtle Bay provides a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers in the north state. These workshops offer the best in inquiry-based learning such as GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science), Project Learning Tree, Project Wet and Nanoscience curriculum.  The More to Explore program offers a four-workshop professional development series for early childhood educators and caregivers.


GEMS (Great Explorations in Math and Science) is an inquiry-based, standards-supported approach to learning developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science (LHS) at UC-Berkeley. The Redding GEMS Center at Turtle Bay has been providing north state teachers access to cutting edge teaching materials and intensive workshops since 2001. These workshops are presented by local teachers who have become GEMS trained associates. For a current schedule of workshops and other GEMS offerings, please e-mail your inquiry to or call 242-3108.

GEMS Kit Lending Library Registration Information

Available GEMS Kits

At your school

Famous Artists Portfolio Program

This longstanding free program allows parents, teachers, and/or community members to present reproductions of significant artworks to students in the classroom. Portfolio prints are organized into over 70 age-appropriate themes. Follow-up art activities are suggested for each portfolio. No artistic experience is necessary—merely an enjoyment of working with children and a belief that art matters. In order to borrow portfolios, you must have completed training in a prior year OR call 530-242-3148 for information to receive the training.

Famous Artist Portfolio Program Training

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 3-5 p.m. Call to register.


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