Searching for District Science Leaders:  What makes a good course?

Posted: July 17, 2019

Achieve—who coordinated the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and host of other tools and resources to evaluate how well instructional materials, assessment tasks are designed for the NGSS—is embarking on a project to help support teachers and districts to answer the question of what a quality course looks like and to make sure we get this right, we want to partner with you.

The Course Quality Toolkit will focus on professional learning to support district team conversations about quality and a framework of categories and indicators to consider in the discussion. Once a district zeros in on their focus, the toolkit will connect district teams to tools and resources they can use for evaluating quality. The intent of this toolkit is not for teacher evaluation, but to help districts work together to ensure high quality courses for all students. It will be designed to support work in science, mathematics, and English Language Arts.

Partner district leaders and educators across these three content areas will review an initial draft, participate in webinars, come together for a face-to-face professional learning to experience using the toolkit, and use the toolkit to evaluate courses in their districts. In addition having a seat at the table in designing the toolkit and the free professional learning (with travel expenses covered), districts get pre-release access to the toolkit, and receive a $2500 stipend to cover the work outside of the face-to-face meeting.

To learn more, check out this one page summary.

If you are interested, please contact Neelo Soltanzadeh [email protected] as soon as possible.

Applications are due by August 1, 2019.

We are particularly interested in districts that serve a diverse student body, or have a high proportion of students receiving free and reduced lunches, but all are welcome to apply.