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Middle School Life Science

A group of middle school life science teachers spent 4 days diving into SEPUP Issues and Life Science 3rd edition materials to prep them for our second year of piloting. Our piloting teachers were able to test out almost all units during our first year and reported great student engagement with the new resources. During this week they went through notes from the pilot year to help improve implementation for year two and build in additional notes and extensions to enhance the current materials in addition to improving resource navigation for anyone trying out these resources for the first time.

We are very excited to have an awesome team taking these resources into a second year of piloting. This group will be meeting throughout the year and journaling their process so that we can make sure we are rolling out high-quality, evidence-based science resources to our community for the 2019-20 school year.

Middle School Physical Science

A group of middle school physical science teachers spent 4 days diving into SEPUP Issues and Physical Science 3rd edition materials to prep them for our second year of piloting. We spent our days trying out new lessons, troubleshooting materials, building in formative assessments and mapping out tips and tricks to help teachers new to the resource to navigate the materials smoothly.

Even though we were only able to pilot a few of the 3rd edition units during our first year with these materials, we are already seeing some very exciting and promising outcomes. Not only are we seeing great learning gains from our embedded unit assessments, but some units are showing evidence that students might be showing bigger gains compared to our current resource units. During our second year of piloting we will evaluating the units we were not able to get to in the first year due to publishing schedules, and continue to evaluate student engagement and embedded assessment data.

We are very excited to be heading into our second year of piloting and have a great team leading this effort. Stay tuned to learn more about these new resources!

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