The objective of this initiative is to develop a comprehensive streamlined science curriculum progression designed by local partner organizations in close collaboration with 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 within 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 and WyCPS;
- draw upon existing NGSS and WyCPS aligned curriculum;
- draw upon the existing expertise and strengths of local partner organizations;
- support TCSD teachers;
- be implemented in part by local partner organizations.
The goal of Phase I is to identify all of the organizations based in Jackson Hole that implement science lessons in Teton County School District (TCSD) K-5th grade classrooms, to align those lessons with the 2016 Wyoming Science Content and Performance Standards (WyCPS), to identify which standards were not being addressed by those organizations, to make suggestions where those gaps could be filled, and lastly to create a streamlined science curriculum progression for TCSD K-5th grade classrooms by August of 2019 to be piloted during the 2019-2020 school year.
Phase II will begin with a “soft” implementation of the pilot K-5th grade curriculum in the TCSD during the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year. A more complete implementation of the K-5th grade pilot program is scheduled for the 2020-2021 school year. Phase II will also include two more rounds of partner organization inventories, standards alignment, partner organization meetings, program analyses, as well as the development of the 6th-8th and 9th-12th pilot science curriculum by June of 2021. We will be continuously revising the K-5th grade pilot program with feedback from teachers and administrators during implementation process.
Phase III will begin in August of 2021 with the implementation of the 6th-8th and 9th-12th pilot curriculums. We will be continuously revising all the pilot programs with feedback from teachers and administrators during implementation process. All of the K-12th curriculums will be synthesized and made available to the Jackson Hole Community by the end of the 2021-2022 school year.