Science

Science

Students will learn rigorous science content through active engagement in the Science and Engineering Practices.


It is an exciting time for science and science education.  In this rapidly changing, high-technology world, students must be equipped with the content knowledge, and as importantly, the science practices and tools in order to be competitive in college and career.

WCPS is currently realigning the K-12 Science Curriculum to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which were adopted by the Maryland State Board of Education in 2013.  More information on the NGSS may be found here: www.nextgenscience.org.

According to the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA):

The Next Generation Science Standards aim to eliminate the practice of “teaching to the test.” Instead, they shift the focus from merely memorizing scientific facts to actually doing science—so students spend more time posing questions and discovering the answers for themselves.

Often, students can answer specific questions about concepts they covered in class, but can't translate that knowledge in applied situations. The standards avoid this disconnect by combining knowledge with practice, teaching students to develop ideas and evaluate them according to scientific principles.

NSTA has produced a Q&A for parents to help them the understand and anticipate the instructional changes their students should be experiencing in science class.  It is accessible here.



Wicomico County's NGSS Implementation Plan

K-8
Summer 2014 - Curriculum Development for K, 3, 6
2014-15 School Year - Pilot implementation of K, 3, 6
Summer 2015 - Revise K, 3, 6; Curriculum Development for 1, 4, 7
2015-16 School Year - Fully implement K, 3, 6; Pilot Implementation of 1, 4, 7
Summer 2016
- Revise 1, 4, 7; Curriculum Development for 2, 5, 8
2016-17 School Year - Fully implement K, 1, 3, 4, 6, 7; Pilot Implementation of 2, 5, 8
Summer 2017 - Revise 2, 5, 8
2017-18 - Full implementation of NGSS-aligned curricula in grades K-8
High School
Ongoing: Review and revision of high school curricula pending guidance from MSDE.
Professional Development
The WCPS Science Office has been providing professional development to teachers in grades PK-12 on the Framework for Science Education and the NGSS since August, 2011.  This has taken the form of county-wide professional days, school- and county-level Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), Summer Academies, and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Workshops.



Do Science!


Supervisor of Science

Dr. Brian Raygor
410-677-4508
braygor@wcboe.org

Elementary Science Specialist - 3-5
Kevin Hill
khill@wcboe.org

Elementary Science Specialist - PK-2
Gerrie Wiersberg
gwiersbe@wcboe.org