Science Information for the 2013 -2014 school year

With the Common Core Standards and Smarter Balance there is an emphasis on math, reading and writing across the curriculum, including Science 
 Project Oceanology Pre/Post Survey: Take Survey

 1. CT Science Curriculum (

 c.  Science CAPT Handbook   (only Chapter 1)
  1. DWBA
    a. Grd 6-8, 10th: Pre-assessment Sept. 16 - Oct. 4
    b. Grd  6-8, 10th: Post-assessment May 12 - May 16
 2. CMT: Grade 8, March TBD
 3. CAPT: Grade 10, March TBD
2. Next Generation Science Standards are grouped in four domains: physical sciences; the life sciences; the earth and space sciences; and engineering, technology and applications of science.
 b.   K-12 Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCI)  (Under each Content Strand such as MS-PS1 Matter and Its Interactions you can find Common Core Standards Connections for ELA and Mathematics)
   1. Middle School DCI's are found starting on page 47
   2. High School DCI's are found starting on page 75
 c.  Disciplinary Core Ideas can be broken down into grade level ideas at
 d.  NGSS Training Videos and Breakdown of NGSS Bands and Concepts  
3.  Common Core Standards
4. Interactive Science Notebooks A great way to provide insights into student understanding, collaboration, supports differentiated and  guided instruction, record of student learning, student growth overtime, and a formative assessment.
 ** Student work is an important component of Teacher Evaluations.
  a. Science Notebook Resources
   1. Science Notebooks in K12 Classrooms:
   2. Science Notebook Toolkit Website (RI):
 5.  The Sourcebook for Teaching Science
 a great online resource for science teachers, this site can be broken down into biology, chemistry, physics and geoscience.
   I. Developing Scientific Literacy
  II. Developing Scientific Reasoning
III.  Developing Scientific Understanding
IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving
 V. Developing Scientific Research Skills
VI. Resources for Teaching Science
 6. System for Educator Evaluation and Development (SEED) 
  a. CT SEED Handbook 
  b. Groton Evaluation System.  The new teacher and administrator evaluation system overview.
  c. Timeline
   1. October/November: Suggested Informal Observation complete.
   2. November 15th: Meeting for Goal Setting/planning, set date for first observation. 
   3. By January 15th: First observation completed.
   4. By February 15th: Mid-year check-in: Review goals and performance to date/discuss and set future observation dates.
   5. By June 1st: Summatives completed.