PSC Hosts Science Education Conference

October 18th, 2000 by Adam

Marcia Santore

October 10, 2000

PLYMOUTH, N.H. —Plymouth State College will host “Reviewing, Selecting, and Implementing Standards-Based Science Programs” on November 4 and 18. Teams of teachers and administrators from elementary, middle, and secondary schools will attend the two-day conference to review and discuss standards-based science programs. Standards recommended by the National Research Council (NRC) in 1996 include unifying concepts and processes in science, science as inquiry, physical science, life science, earth and space science, science and technology, science in personal and social perspective, and the history and nature of science.
“Teachers and students need to be made aware of all the new programs available in science,” explains Dr. Richard Evans, director of the NH-IMPACT Center. “We will look at about eight of the 18 programs to address questions like how does one go about selecting a program that will make a good fit with their school and teachers? Every team that comes will be given a copy of Selecting Instructional Materials: A Guide for K-12 Science. What kind of professional development is needed if a program is adopted? Adequate professional development is key to successfully implementing these programs. How much will it cost to adopt one of these programs? Many of these programs require replenishing curriculum kits, since they involve an inquiry approach.”
The conference is sponsored by the NH-IMPACT Center at Plymouth State College, which works with local school districts seeking to improve science and mathematics education. Other sponsors include the Eisenhower Regional Alliance for Mathematics and Science Education Reform, the Center for Enhancement for Science and Mathematics at Northeastern University, and the New Hampshire State Department of Education.
For more information and/or an application, contact Dr. Fernand Prevost, NH-Impact Center at PSC at or (603) 535-2985.