A three-year science curriculum aligned to the Illinois Learning Standards and the PSAE:
Biology, 9th grade,
Biology: A Human Approach (BSCS),
Chemistry, 10th grade,
Chemistry in the Community (ACS), and
Physics, 11th grade,
Active Physics (It’s About Time).
Inquiry-based instructional strategies are utilized in each course. Research suggests students who traditionally lag in science achievement perform best in an inquiry-based model.
The curriculum is integrated across 3 years by revisiting critical concepts (i.e. matter and energy, force and motion) and important skills (i.e. using evidence, communicating scientifically) with a consistent set of instructional practices and materials, lab investigations, technology, and assessment tools.
Teachers are more engaged in facilitating and managing classroom discussions of student generated ideas and experimental designs.
Teachers receive intensive and ongoing support in learning how to:
manage and guide classroom discussion;
implement a meaningful and consistent strategy for laboratory notebook use;
use technology and probeware in their classes, and;
interpret formative assessment items to make informed decisions about pedagogic strategies for classroom activities