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Science Curriculum Committee presents to the Board of Education

Jul 05, 2017 08:30AM ● By Ben Scott

At the May 23 Board of Education meeting District #61 staff members, who serve on the District Science Committee presented the plan for future science instruction. This process has been ongoing for the last few years as the State of Illinois adopted the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the staff worked to align the curriculum to meet the needs within the district.

The focus of NGSS is around three dimensions of learning science. These areas are:

Crosscutting Concepts: helping children explore and make connections across four domains of science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, and Engineering Design.

Science and Engineering Practices: describe what scientists do to investigate the natural world and what engineers do to design and build systems.

Disciplinary Core Ideas: Key ideas in science that have broad importance within or across multiple science or engineering disciplines. Source: (

Each standard focuses on the three areas just mentioned previously and set performance expectations for students, which grow over time. This is a comprehensive process that increases in complexity as the child builds on their scientific knowledge through exploration, inquiry, and research.

Board members were able to learn about the curriculum and experience some of the same activities students do in school during science instruction.

Science Committee Members: Ashley Frye, Becky Knapp, Brittany Polly, Mike Moyer, Caroline Matkowski, Haley Nelson, Bob Johnson, Roy Wolski, Paula Perisin, Joe Polasek (Chair person), Diane Nelson, Jen Pena, Michele Goshko, Lisa Kompare, Erin Dwyer, Jacob Buck.