The Science and Health Education Partnership (SEP) offers a diverse programmatic menu: a variety of classroom-based partnership models bring UCSF volunteers into K-12 classrooms, summer courses and seminars provide pedagogically rich content learning experiences for teachers, school-site science teams build capacity for science teaching at elementary, and a high school internship program pairs students from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences with mentors and immerses them in a university environment where they conduct scientific research.
Additionally, teachers and UCSF volunteers receive lesson coaching and borrow materials from SEP's lending library - these materials provide enriched science and health learning experiences for nearly 30% of San Francisco Unified School District's (SFUSD) 55,000 students. Finally, SEP's online lesson resource, SEPLessons (http://seplessons.ucsf.edu) provides access to quality investigative science and health lessons designed by our partnership teams. SEPLessons attracts over 17,000 unique visitors a month from across the United States and world.
On a yearly basis, SEP works with 85-90% of the more than 100 public schools in San Francisco and over 300 teachers and their students. These programs involve over 250 UCSF volunteers in K-12 classrooms.