“Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge”
By the end of 12th grade, all students, not just those who pursue careers in science, engineering or technology, should have the science and engineering foundations in preparation for their individual lives, and for their roles as citizens in this technology-rich and scientifically complex world. By this time they should have gained sufficient knowledge of science and engineering to engage in public discussions on science related issues, to be critical consumers of science information related to their everyday lives, and to become lifelong science learners.
(Adapted from A Framework for K-12 Science Education)
Curriculum Coordinator - Math/Science Email:firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone: 203-762-3381 ext. 8329
9 - 12 Instructional Leader - Science
Phone: 203-762-0381 ext. 6037
Science Program Goals
(Adapted from NGSS Science and Engineering Practices)
As students advance through the grades and make individual progress toward mastery of a rigorous, blend of disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts, they are able to exhibit with increasing breadth and depth these capacities of scientific literacy:
They connect their learning across units and courses to build a coherent understanding of science ideas and of the crosscutting concepts.
They ask questions and define problems.
They can plan and carry out investigations.
They analyze and interpret data.
They develop and use models.
They construct explanations and design solutions.
They engage in argument from evidence.
They use mathematics and computational thinking.
They obtain, evaluate and communicate information.
They use technology and digital media strategically and capably.
They demonstrate self-directed planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Core Principles for Science Instruction
(Adapted from BSCS 5E Instructional Model and Common Core State Standards)
Much has been learned in the past few decades about classroom instruction that effectively promotes the development of high-level science literacy skills. Based on this research, the Wilton Public Schools has established the following core principles for science instruction: