The Focus of K-12 LRSD Science 2019-20

  • lrsd logo The LRSD Science Department has identified the following focus areas for the 2019-20 school year for teachers and students. The goal of the science department is to improve teacher science content knowledge, pedagogy and assessment through inquiry and phenomena based science by focusing on the following three areas...

    1. Breaking down and understanding the performance expectations, science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and the cross cutting concepts of the Arkansas Next Generation Science Standards (ARNGSS).

    2. Developing in-depth understanding of inquiry and phenomenal based science through the use of the 5E model to increase teacher pedagogy, depth of knowledge (DOK), and student engagement in science.

    3. Scaffolding student questioning and understanding of science phenomena through CER (claims, evidence and reasoning) and providing tools to teachers to develop and monitor science lessons and formative science assessments to plan instruction.

    To accomplish these goals, the LRSD Science Department will provide the following to teachers and schools....

    1. Providing ongoing and systematic professional development that correlates directly to the three focus areas listed above and the LRSD science curriculum maps.

    2. Attending school PLC’s and grade level chair meetings to help plan for instruction and provide appropriate resources.

    3. Meeting with school leadership teams to develop individual schools plans on increasing hands-on/engaging science instruction and pedagogy.

    4. Modeling lessons for teachers that tie directly to the ARNGSS and incorporate the 5E model, CER and formative assessments.

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