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High-quality instructional materials (HQIM) designed for
next generation science can make a difference in the quality of equitable
science teaching and learning throughout the system and for all learners (i.e.,
for all leaders, teachers, and students). So how can HQIM designed for next
generation science help? How can local leaders take a systems approach to the
selection, broad and effective implementation, and sustained improvements
offered by such materials? What are
some practical ways to make this work in our
Participants, working in teams or small groups, will consider these questions
as they delve into a vignette describing how one large district took on the
challenge of implementing high-quality instructional materials at the middle
school level and hear from leaders of such efforts. Participants will consider
their own context and readiness for such an initiative.
1. Curriculum implementation for next generation science requires a clear vision shared by a strong partner, funding, a long-term plan for implementation, a robust professional learning program with ongoing support, advocacy and support capacity-building, and a robust kit distribution and/or refurbishment process; and 2. Some aspects of our current system support the changes required to implement high-quality instructional materials designed for next generation science and support new approaches to teaching and learning; others are barriers and present challenges to achieving this vision of science teaching and learning.
Jody Bintz (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO), Susan Gomez-Zwiep (BSCS Science Learning: Colorado Springs, CO)