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    Science Curriculum Adoption Materials Review
    Posted on 12/28/2018
    Students talk together while standing around science fair project

    Science Curriculum Adoption for Grades K-12

    We are currently in a science curriculum adoption process for grades K-12. This process will provide new instructional materials and support for all our classrooms teaching science for the 2019-20 school year.

    Our last elementary adoption was in 1995, middle school in 2002 and high school various times before 2000; not only has science changed significantly in the last 20 years, but we know so much more about how children learn.

    Washington state adopted new science standards in 2013, and it is our obligation to our students to align to these new standards. The biggest shift in science instruction has been from learning about to figuring out where students work through a series of connected lessons anchored in explaining a compelling science phenomenon. This revolution in science education will provide a rigorous, engaging experience for all our students and will ensure they are college and career ready.

    Science Curriculum Field Test

    As part of the adoption process, finalist candidate programs are tested in the classroom by experienced teachers to provide valuable feedback to the adoption committee. As part of the field test, they will teach one unit from a selected finalist candidate program.

    All field test teachers will receive professional development to prepare them to teach the unit and they will provide feedback to the adoption committee.

    Another part of this process is for our department to visit the classroom, observe science instruction, and interview the teacher and students. While these interviews are not public, the data collected will be shared with the adoption committee and will be part of the data gathered for the final decision-making process.

    Science Instructional Materials Open House

    We are hosting two science instructional materials open houses where you can:

    • Review the instructional materials being considered for adoption
    • Review information about the new standards and how science will look different for your student
    • Ask staff questions about the materials

    Open House Dates

    Nathan Hale High School, 10750 30th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125 (note this is a change of location from the central district office to Nathan Hale)
    February 2, 2019

    • Elementary School Materials: 9 - 11 a.m.
    • Middle School Materials: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
    • High School Materials: 1 - 3 p.m.

    Rainier Beach Community Center, 8825 Rainier Ave S., Seattle, WA 98118
    February 9, 2019

    • Elementary School Materials: 9 - 11 a.m.
    • Middle School Materials: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
    • High School Materials: 1 - 3 p.m.

    K-8 and High School Science Instructional Materials Display

    Instructional materials will be on display in the locations listed below from January 15, – February 28, 2019. We encourage our community to engage in this process by coming to one of these locations and sharing their input.

    K-8 instructional materials will be available in the libraries of the buildings at the following locations during regular school hours:

    High school instructional materials will be available in the libraries of the schools below during regular school hours:

    Read more the K-12 Science Adoption process.