ERIC Number: ED498123
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: 0
Top 10 Ways to Improve Science Achievement: Actions for School Principals, Assistant Principals, Department Chairs and School Improvement Consultants.
Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
High Schools That Work (HSTW) Assessment data show the need to improve science education in both the middle grades and high school. Science education increases students' critical thinking and problem-solving skills. This publication is designed to help principals, other school leaders and teachers identify rigorous instruction and successfully engage students in science. Recommendations include: (1) Get to know the science faculty and the science department; (2) Make it clear to everyone what "quality science teaching" looks like; (3) Focus on engaging, student-centered, standards-based units and lessons; (4) Begin with a solid core curriculum of rigorous science courses; (5) Align the curriculum and document the development of products such as curriculum maps and pacing guides; (6) Provide professional support for science teachers; (7) Set high expectations based on a rigorous curriculum to accelerate the achievement of all students; (8) Coordinate a system of extra help and extra time for students who learn in different ways and at different rates; (9) Organize students and teachers into adviser/advisee groups, assigning each student to an adult advocate who takes an interest in the student's successful learning, goal setting, educational planning and personal growth; and (10) Recognize the specific needs of the individual school.
Descriptors: Goal Orientation, Educational Planning, Science Teachers, Principals, Department Heads, Core Curriculum, Science Achievement, Secondary School Science, Science Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Administrator Responsibility, Academic Standards, Curriculum Development, Faculty Development, Expectation, Educational Improvement, Special Needs Students, Teacher Student Relationship, Advocacy
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.