This initiative is based on the belief that all students, including students with disabilities, can learn science and improve their level of scientific literacy. Teachers, administrators, curriculum developers, and families will learn ways to develop student skills and conceptual understanding of science through high-quality professional development opportunities.
Today, teachers of science are challenged with differentiating instruction in mixed-ability classrooms while struggling to prepare students for district and state assessments. Teachers need practical strategies to acquire and strengthen the skills necessary to meet these demands, in addition to making the study of science meaningful for all students.
The Science Literacy Initiative is premised on the findings of the following: the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS, 1999), Project 2061 Benchmarks for Science Literacy, the National Science Education Standards, and the CT Core Science Curriculum Framework (2004).
SERC is very proud of the professional development opportunities that comprise this program. Thank you for your ongoing support of SERC and this new initiative.