The Maine STEM Partnership

A statewide STEM education improvement community

News

Check out this article about the new STEM+C grant!
 "RiSE Center, educators to enhance computer science education, develop student skills for 21st-century careers"

Check out FOSS Next Generation K-8!

This spring a group of 30 PK-8 teachers and administrators convened to review and select research-based, NGSS-aligned science resources to support our PK-5 educators. After many many hours of reviewing necessary criteria, diving into resources, discussing, and debating, this group unanimously decided to adopt FOSS Next Generation as our new elementary science resources. FOSS provides a well-developed program that has been revamped since the release of the Next Generation Science Standards.

The task force found FOSS to be a very strong resource that provides cross-content connections, great teacher resources and support, and local connections to the content. It also has productive talk already built into the lessons with discussion prompts and guides!

If you are interested in learning more about these materials or want to try them in your classroom let us know!

During the past year we visited several Maine STEM Partnership classrooms to learn more about what is happening in our schools. We had great interactions with students from 3rd grade through high school all over the state. This video shows students participating in productive talk conversations, examining cheek cells under a microscope, using virtual reality to explore geometry, and more!

You can check out the full story highlighting five Maine STEM Partnership Teachers here!

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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