The ESCAPE Program is now available 100% online!


Have You Heard the News? ESCAPE is Now Available 100% Online!
Have You Heard the News? ESCAPE is Now Available 100% Online!

What is the ESCAPE Online Program?

ESCAPE -- the Equitable Science Curriculum integrating Arts in Public Education--is a UC Irvine online professional development course funded by the National Science Foundation. The program is designed to be especially powerful in helping teachers address the challenges of teaching science content-specific vocabulary to English Language Learners through multi-modal methods, including hands-on inquiry-based learning, movement/dance, and visual art. As a participant you will:

  • Learn to teach engaging, NGSS-aligned, integrated science inquiry and arts-based lessons in Earth, Life, or Physical Science
  • Obtain powerful tools for teaching content-specific vocabulary and reversing scientific misconceptions
  • Join a growing online community of teachers working together to implement arts/science integration
  • Participate in educational research funded by NSF to make impactful changes in elementary education

Online Program Details:

  • ESCAPE is a 1 Year 100% Online Professional Development Program designed for Teachers in Grades 3, 4, and 5
  • The program provides innovative, fully online professional development in support of teaching science through the arts in Earth, Life, or Physical Science
  • Teachers participate in a 40-hour (4 unit) ESCAPE Online Course with a 20-hour (2 unit) Implementation Course for follow-up professional development --all offered 100% online

Program Benefits:

  • Receive a $1,000 yearly stipend or the opportunity to earn 6 UCI university credits - YOUR CHOICE!
  • Earn A Certificate for Teaching Science Through the Arts upon fulfilling all program requirements

Program Requirements:

  • Participate in one online Teaching Science through the Arts course and obtain a minimum grade of ‘C’ or better (4 quarter units or 40 hours).
  • Participate in one follow-up online professional development course and obtain a minimum grade of ‘C’ or better (2 quarter units or 20 hours total per year).
  • Teach with fidelity all six lessons that are part of the ESCAPE curriculum.
  • Participate in project evaluation to document the effects of the program on teacher practice and student achievement. Your role in evaluation includes:
    • Complete and return all project-related paperwork (forms, evaluations, etc.) by due dates.
    • Administering student level pre- and post-assessments;
    • Sharing student assessment data;
    • Participating in teacher pre- and post-assessments;
    • Completing lesson reflections with respect to teacher

See ESCAPE in Action and Find Out What Teachers are Saying!