Caleb Cheung is the Science Director for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and previously taught middle school science. His 21 year career in education focuses on developing districtwide structures and regional partnerships for improving science education and implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). He oversees an extensive TK-12 science program that includes curriculum development and implementation, assessments, districtwide professional development, multiple summer institutes, teacher and principal leadership, and the SMART Center, a science support center for the district. He also annually organizes large scale districtwide events including the K-12 Science Fair, Dinner with a Scientist, and Family Science Nights.
Caleb has directed many professional development and curriculum projects including Improving Teacher Quality Grants, and Math and Science Partnership Grants. Over the past ten years, he has successfully raised over $10M in grant funding for science in Oakland and established numerous partnerships with local universities, informal science institutions, and corporations.
Caleb's education background includes a BA in Biology from UC Berkeley and a MA in Curriculum and Teacher Education from Stanford University. He received his teaching certification from Cal State University Hayward in Single Subject Biological Sciences and is National Board Certified in Early Adolescent Science. In 2002, he was the Marcus A. Foster Educational Institute Distinguished Educator of the Year and in 2005, won the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching. From 2006-2009, Caleb served as a Commissioner and the Chair of the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. He also served recently on the Science Curriculum Framework and Evaluation Criteria Committee to align California's Science Framework to NGSS.