SCIENCE CURRICULUM

  • The science curriculum is in curriculum renewal phase II for the 2022-23 school year.  Phase I of the curriculum renewal was in 2021-22.  The public report of phase I can be found here.  Below are some details of the curriculum renewal to date:


    Value Statements:

    Subject area value statements are collaboratively developed following the review of professional literature on best practices as it relates to teaching and learning in a discipline.  These value statements serve as guide posts that provide direction context for the development and revision of district curricula.  The following value statements were developed for Science:

    The Pewaukee School District’s Graduate Profile is the foundation for the teaching and learning in the sciences.   Science instruction will integrate disciplinary core ideas, crosscutting concepts, science and engineering practices with the PSD Graduate Profile competencies of Contribute, Create, Compete, Connect, Commit, and Care through: 

    • Instructional methods utilizing the Science and Engineering Practices that allow students to do science in order to drive the acquisition of disciplinary core ideas.
    • The NGSS grade level progression of Disciplinary Core Ideas that will allow students to obtain scientific knowledge that connects to real world applications.
    • Students being taught how to think about and understand science through the intentional embedding of Cross-Cutting Concepts into lesson design and assessment.

    Research Summary:

    The team reviewed a variety of resources as part of the curriculum review process including Wisconsin state standards and best practice research.  It should be noted that the review of research tries to be as comprehensive as possible; therefore, articles and resources that have been reviewed may or may not have been taken into consideration when making review recommendations.  Below are the research summary findings that were taken into consideration for curriculum revisions.

    • Wisconsin Standards for Science incorporate Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and disciplinary literacy practices
    • Curriculum, instruction, and assessment should be centered around the three domains of NGSS standards: Science & Engineering Practices; Cross-Cutting Concepts; Disciplinary Core Ideas
    • Use of inquiry/investigations to drive observation, experimentation, and explanation of science phenomena

    Phase II Highlights: The following draft timeline indicates key next steps in the curriculum review & revision process.  Dates are subject to change.

    • October 2022 - March 2023: Staff internally develop revisions and write new curriculum in curriculum management system 

    • November 2022: Board of Education reviews and takes action on new course proposals (if needed)

    • December 2022 - January 2022: New course approvals communicated to students and families for fall registration process

    • November 2022 - January 2023: Resource recommendations and preliminary budget developed

    • Spring 2023- Board of Education is presented curriculum, followed by a two-week public review time period.  Board of Education takes action on proposed curriculum at the next meeting following the presentation (typically 2 weeks later).

     

    2018-2023 Science Documents: