Summer On-site Courses

PreK-12 Teachers
Please mention these summer courses at your next staff meeting. And since these courses are fun and open to the public (you don’t have to be a teacher to attend) — tell your friends!!

Each course detailed below offers fun and practical classroom enrichment from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm. Most of the courses will be held at Pine Valley Middle School in San Ramon, California. Courses are open to all adults and not limited to teachers.

Please reserve your spot now. Actual registration and payment takes place on the first day of instruction. Reserving your spot helps us to know how many plan to attend. To reserve your spot in one or more of these outstanding summer courses, you must send an email directly to You cannot reserve your spot via the registration page on this website. If you need more information, please contact:
Karin Alexander
Phone: 925-837-3817
Our Website:

Teachers may receive semester unit credit from University of the Pacific for their participation. Each course is only $279 (plus supply fee, not to exceed $55), which includes three (3) semester units of graduate-level professional development credit.* Those teachers not interested in earning credit, or non-teachers who do not need the credit, may audit any course for $185 plus supply fees.

If you have previously taken any of the courses listed below and would like to take them again for credit, we have additional course titles and numbers from which you may choose so you don’t repeat a course. These titles and numbers are listed at the bottom of this page.

Worried you may have to miss a class? No worries. We can arrange meaningful make-ups for you.

Below is the listing of the Summer of 2014 course offerings. Please scroll down and you will certainly find a course to spark your interest.

June 23 – 27 (Monday – Friday), 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Jewelry Across the Curriculum
P EDU 9718
Joy Seitz, Instructor

While you are creating beautiful projects and learning skills in beading, stringing, and wire-working, you’ll also be learning how to incorporate jewelry-making across the curriculum. You will learn connections to math, science, art, language, and history.

This will be one of the most fun and practical courses you can take. You’ll want to take it for a second or third time to keep gaining new skills and creating more jewelry samples. Joy Seitz is aptly named. She is a true joy to be with. You will love taking this course and creating fabulous jewelry pieces for your own enjoyment as well as pieces that will be great samples for classroom projects.

Give yourself a gift and take this course. The gift will carry on to your students.

July 21 – July 25 OR
July 28 – August 1
(Monday – Friday), 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Extraordinary Field Trips for PreK-12 Teachers
Dave Harding, Instructor

Enjoy a variety of wonderful sites to see around the Bay Area! You will want to take these courses more than once since some sites change each year. Plus, you will also benefit from revisiting previous sites and learning more.

Take the course July 21 – July 25 for three (3) semester units (P EDU 9957) and then take it again the following week (P EDU 9958), visiting different sites, for another three (3) semester units! That’s six (6) semester units of fun and excitement!!

If you need prior approval, choose from any of these field trip courses (additional titles available upon request):
P EDU 9957 – Field Trips to Enhance Curriculum I
P EDU 9958 – Field Trips to Enhance Curriculum II
P EDU 9321 – Extraordinary Field Trips for PreK-12 Teachers
P EDU 9039 – Local Resources/Field Trips to Enhance Curriculum
P EDU 9223 – Educational Tours for Teachers

Some of the amazing sites to look forward to include, but aren’t limited to: Alcatraz, AT&T Park, Black Diamond Mines, Vasco Caves, USS Hornet, Burrango, Lawrence Livermore Lab, and many more!

IMPORTANT: Since tours must be booked in advance, there will be a mandatory registration meeting on Monday, June 30, at 5:00 pm. The registration meeting will be held at the San Ramon Community Center, in front of the main entrance. The address is 12501 Alcosta Blvd., San Ramon. You may register and pay for one or both courses at this meeting. (If you cannot attend the preregistration, it is imperative that you contact Dave Harding at to arrange an alternative time to register and pay for the course(s).

August 4 – 8 (Monday – Friday), 9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Mosaics Across the Curriculum
P EDU 9723
Gina Dominguez, Instructor

Mosaics, Mosaics, and More Mosaics! Don’t miss this course!!!

We are so excited to introduce you to Gina, a fabulous mosaic artist. Gina has been a mosaic artist for 18 years, was the owner of Snapshot Mosaic in Oakland for 8 years where she sold mosaic supplies, taught mosaic classes to adults and children, and created custom work for public and private parties. Now she is back in her studio focusing on public art commissions, but is excited to get back into the classroom for this summer mosaic course. We are so fortunate that she has chosen Courses4Teachers for teaching a summer course!

Whether you are a first time mosaic maker or someone with experience, this class is sure to captivate you. Using ceramic tile, stained glass, pottery, glass gems, tempered glass, mirror and vitreous glass, we will add color and shine to ordinary objects, which include stepping stones, sun catchers, framed mirrors, and wall hangings.

Gain experience cutting materials, using various adhesives, making color choices, and selecting materials appropriate for all age groups. Mosaics are a great learning tool for shapes, counting, color spatial awareness, and much more.

Please bring a stepping stone of your choice to the first class. All other project materials and tools will be provided. A $40 material fee will be paid to the instructor.

Don’t miss this fun course with Gina. You will love what you learn and love being in the company of such a wonderful, caring instructor.

Here are some additional titles from which you may choose, in case you wish to take any course for a second time. If necessary, we have more course titles available upon request.

P EDU 9036 – Art Projects and Lessons to Enhance Your Curriculum
P EDU 9063 – Focusing on Objectives for Teaching Art
P EDU 9015 – Adding New Ideas to Your Curriculum
P EDU 9058 – Teaching More Creatively and Motivationally
P EDU 9054 – Lesson Plans and Strategies for Success in Teaching

Additional titles are available upon request.

To reserve your spot in the Mosaics or Jewelry courses (no money required ahead of time) you must call or email us at You cannot reserve your spot via the registration page on this website. We will formally register you on the first day of class. We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX or Purchase Orders from school districts.

Location: All of the above courses (with the exception of the field trip courses) will be held at Pine Valley Middle School, Room C119.
Address: 3000 Pine Valley Road., San Ramon, CA 94583
Times: Each course will run from 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Note: Additional practicum will be required to satisfy the necessary 45 hours of professional work requirement. This will be practical to you and will be discussed the first day of class.

Registration/payment policy:
Simply email us to reserve your spot and pay for the course on the first day of class. You cannot reserve your spot via the registration page on this website. For more information, please contact:
Karin Alexander
Phone: 925-837-3817
Our Website:

These graduate-level professional development, semester-unit courses are designed for professional growth and advancement on the salary scale. They may not be applied towards an advanced degree with University of the Pacific.