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Science PreK-12 in the Baltimore County Public Schools, Maryland. Presented by Hays B. Lantz, Jr., Ed. D., Director of Science PreK-12. BCPS STARLAB Portable Planetarium. August 30, 2005. Questions to be addressed during this presentation:.
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Hays B. Lantz, Jr., Ed. D.,
Director of Science PreK-12
BCPS STARLAB Portable Planetarium
August 30, 2005
1. The 5E Teaching/Learning Cycle is used explicitly for all unit and lesson planning PreK-12
2.A “backward mapping” design is used to:
3. Standard, Honors, and GT levels are clearly defined and delineated with unique end of course exams and different text material for each level.
4. There is a focus on collecting both formative and summative evidence of student understanding, with exemplary answers, rubrics, and other scoring tools being included for self and peer assessment.
5. All units are integrated with technology, mathematics, and reading.
6. The unit engagement is Problem - Based and uses GRASPS (Goal, Role, Audience, Setting, Product/Performance, and Standard for Success) to define the problem.
7. Pre-assessment of student pre-conceptions follows the unit engagement.
8. The unit consists of a series of Explorations coupled with Explanations that are formatively assessed with criteria – based tools (rubrics).
9. The unit Elaboration is the Engagement revisited and is part of the summative assessment that is assessed with criteria – based tools and anchor papers.
10. Differentiated instructional strategies and learning styles are included in the Implementation Section of the Teacher’s Guide.
11. Electronic data acquisition through the use of computers, calculators, and sensors is integral to each unit.
12. The use of contemporary web sites, digital libraries, and electronic information and data acquisition are included.
13. All units will include Online Research Models as one G/T differentiation strategy.
Based upon the VSC and the BCPS Scope and Sequence, it is an integrated science curriculum consisting of:
1.O Skills and Processes – Students will demonstrate the thinking and acting inherent in the practice of science.
A. Constructing Knowledge
B. Applying Evidence and Reasoning
C. Communicate Scientific Information
2.0 Earth/Space Science - Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the chemical and physical interactions of the environment, Earth, and the universe that occur over time.
A. Materials and Processes that Shape a Planet
B. Earth History
C. Plate Tectonics
E. Interactions of Hydrosphere and Atmosphere
3.0 Life Science - Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the dynamic nature of living things, their interactions, and the results from this interactions that occur over time.
A. Diversity of Life
E. Flow of Matter and Energy
4.0 Chemistry - Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the composition, structure, and interactions of matter in order to support the predictability of structure and energy transformations.
A. Structure of Matter
B. Conservation of Matter
C. States of Matter
D. Physical and Chemical Changes
5.0 Physics - Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of matter and energy and the energy transformations that occur.
C. Electricity and Magnetism
D. Wave Interactions
6.0 Environmental Science - Students will use scientific skills and processes to explain the interactions of environmental factors and analyze their impact from a local to a global perspective.
A. Natural Resources and Human Needs
B. Environmental Issues
Professional Development in Science Teaching
** Pilot Program in 5 High Schools in 2005-06
BCPS Ave = 58.5%
State Ave = 60.9%
“The focus of our education systems - K-12 and postsecondary - is seriously out of line with the constantly increasing demand of tomorrow’s world. The changing fields, functions, and advances in technology demand people with better preparation in science and mathematics in particular.”
Paul Barton, Policy Information Center, ETS
“The majority of the jobs available over the next several decades will reside mostly in the science and technology fields, and in particularly in Biochemistry/Biotechnologies. As a result, public schools should be offering these courses to all their students.”
Dr. William Daggett, International Center for Leadership of Education
Develop a World Class Science
Program PreK-12 in BCPS
"We can't solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them."