SySTEMic Innovations is aligned with recommendations related to science education standards as put forth by the National Research Council (NRC) Framework for K–12 Science Education and supports these additional findings:
- brings much needed attention to the practices of science, especially at the K–2 level
- supports science instruction through the interdisciplinary connection to language arts and math
- emphasizes the importance of engaging students more deeply in the process of doing science, not just learning content
- provides professional development for teachers to deepen their own conceptual understanding of the practices and ideas of science, and
- promotes a greater emphasis on depth over breadth in understanding science over multiple years of school.
This type of teaching and learning is endorsed by virtually every major national science and science education organization in the country, including the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, National Science Foundation, American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Science Teachers Association, and the National Science Resources Center.
Science curriculum modules are National Science Foundation-supported, research-based, inquiry-centered; and aligned with national, state and local science curriculum standards. Pedigreed curriculum materials include Full Option Science System (developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science, University of California-Berkeley) and Science and Technology Concepts (developed by the National Science Resources Center), among others.
The SySTEMic Innovations team works directly with schools to provide customizable, needs-focused professional development. We deliver a continuum of instructional learning experiences focused on STEM content, pedagogy, best practices and leadership that support teachers in the transition from an environment of teacher-centered instruction to student-directed learning and authentic problem-solving.
Centralized Materials Support
Materials management is a key element that often makes or breaks a school’s success in implementing a hands-on, materials-based program. SySTEMic Innovations provides teachers with ready-to-use instructional materials. By providing this service, the program enables teachers to focus on the important task of teaching.
SySTEMic Innovations supports two types of assessment: formative and summative. Formative assessment is an essential component of classroom work in which teachers assess for student understanding during the learning process and adapt instruction to meet student needs. Formative assessment practices are included as part of professional development coursework. The program’s summative assessment service includes teacher and student pre- and post-assessments, measuring changes in content knowledge, and behaviors and attitudes related to science instruction and learning. The latter is critical to inform professional development, ensure desired results are achieved and communicate outcomes to all stakeholders.