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Science & Family Life Education
Middle School Science Workshops for PWCS Teachers 2014-15
The workshops are designed for middle school science teachers. The purpose of the sessions is to support teachers in their implementation of inquiry-based hands-on science into their classrooms. Each middle school will send their teachers by the grade and date indicated. This includes teachers of special education, ESOL, and gifted students. Principals should arrange for substitutes and notify teachers of the date/session # they will be attending. Teachers are then responsible for registering for that session in the Professional Learning Catalog. After the fall sessions only, schools should send to the Supervisor of Science and FLE a journal voucher for the substitute teacher expense, a substitute reimbursement form, and a copy of the payroll ledger. Schools are financially responsible for the substitutes in the spring. The deadline for substitute reimbursement submission is November 14, 2014. Reimbursements submitted after this date will be returned.

The complete schedule and registration codes can be found here. The link to register for Course number SCI 335 can be found here.

 
Welcome to the New Science & Family Life Education Web Site

Vision:  
Leadership for Learning

Mission:  The Office of Student Learning provides a World-Class Education for each learner through leadership in programs, instruction, curricula and professional development.



Using the links on the left you will find a wealth of information about our program. These pages include the curriculum for each grade level, science fair information, science SOL information and information about the various programs that Science and Family Life Education oversees.

Science Areas of Focus
  • Literacy: Development of the language, process skills, and critical thinking of science. Development of fluency in the reading and interpretation of science text, as well as oral, written, and visual communication in science.
  • Differentiation: Creation of a safe, inclusive, and effective science learning environment for all students. Modification of content, process, and product to enable the success of all learners to include English language learners, students with special education needs, and gifted learners.
  • Hands-On Inquiry: Planning for instruction that includes active questioning, hands-on experiential learning, and experimental design. Use and application of scientific equipment, measuring tools, and real world materials. May include both classroom-based and outdoor learning experiences. 
  • Rigor: Develops higher order cognitive processes in science including analysis, evaluation, synthesis, and real-world applications. Addresses enriched content, process, and product for students in gifted, advanced, AP, Cambridge, and IB programs.
Please note that the links "Staff Communities" and "Professional Learnings Catalog" are for PWCS teachers and staff.
VA DOE Science Resources
Links to resources from the VA Department of Education:

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