The Sacramento Area Science Project (SASP) conducts science education research and provides professional development in K-12 science instruction.
SASP is an education partnership between the University of California, Davis, and California State University, Sacramento. SASP is a regional site of the California Science Project.
SASP provides support to teachers, schools and districts for the newly adopted Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as well as Common Core State Standards(CCSS) for Science and the Technical Subjects. We are also engaged in conducting research into how teachers take up the Mathematical, Science and Engineering Practices from the CCSS and NGSS.
Our mission is to conduct quality research, provide science educators with useful, high quality professional development, encourage teachers to be reflective practitioners focused on student understanding, and provide forums where science educators can engage in professional dialogue.
Through SASP professional development, teachers increase their capacity to support students to develop the skills, knowledge, dispositions and reasoning capabilities important to science.
We work with schools, districts, science centers, county offices of education, community colleges, public and private organizations to increase the quality of science instruction and lift student achievement.
Arthur Beauchamp has been the Director of the Sacramento Area Science Project with UC Davis School of Education, REEd Center since January 2000. In addition to his work in science literacy and development of the Science Literacy Framework, Arthur’s areas of interest include the implementation of model-based reasoning in secondary science instruction, lesson study as a professional growth tool and the use of science notebooks in teaching and learning. Until 2005, Arthur was a high school science teacher in urban and suburban settings for over 20 years. He was honored with the 2012 California Exemplary Science Educator award.
California Teaching Credential, California State University, Sacramento, 1984
M.S., Science/Biology, California State University, San Diego, 1983
B.A., English Literature/Biological Sciences, University of the Pacific
Beauchamp, A., Kusnick, J., & McCallum, R. (2011) Success in science through dialogue, reading and writing. Davis, CA: The Regents of the University of California, Davis.