The objective of this initiative is to begin developing a comprehensive K-5 science curriculum progression designed by local nonprofits and other partner organizations in close collaboration with the TCSD administrators and lead teachers that will set a national standard for educational cooperation and implementation.
We are well aware of the amazing programs that partner organizations are already implementing with the TCSD and we are excited about incorporating them into a comprehensive science curriculum. This initiative aims to unify those and other stand alone programs, build on their successes, expand programming opportunities, and create a comprehensive science curriculum that is integrated across other disciplines. The curriculum will:
- be in-line with the NGSS;
- draw upon existing NGSS aligned curriculum;
- draw upon the existing expertise and strengths of local nonprofit organizations;
- support TCSD teachers;
- be implemented in part by local nonprofits.
The first phase of this project is the development of the overall structure for the curriculum progression and the completion of the K-5 pilot program by August of 2019. Phase II will begin with the implementation of that curriculum in the K-5 classrooms in TCSD in the 2019-2020 school year. Phase II will also include the development of a 6-8 and 9-12 science curriculum by May of 2020. Phase III will begin in August of 2020 with the implementation of the 6-8 and 9-12 curriculums. We will be continuously revising the pilot programs as they are implemented and receive feedback from teachers and administrators.