Publisher(s): National Center on Time and Learning
Author(s): Traphagen, Kathleen
Funder(s): Noyce Foundation
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Strengthening Science Education: The Power of More Time to Deepen Inquiry and Engagement
Area of Focus: STEM
The report studies five public elementary and middle schools that lengthened the school day with the goal of improving science instruction, making a case that additional time can bring marked change in studentsí science experiences and proficiency.
Key Findings and/or Recommendations
+Schools succeeded in increasing studentsí science engagement and proficiency by: integrating more hands-on learning activities and facilitating more scientific discourse in the classroom; implementing specific strategies to counter deficiencies in reading levels, background context, and vocabulary; and collaborating with outside partners to deliver science electives.
+Schools succeeded in strengthening teachersí capacity to implement an enhanced science program by: providing professional development; using student assessment data to drive instructional improvement; and ensuring that core science curricula were uniform across classrooms and mapped to district and state standards and assessments.
Subjects/Keywords: Elementary School; Learning Time; Middle School; Professional Development; School Day; Science; Standards; STEM; Teacher Capacity
+ Successful strategy
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