June First Tuesday Science Update

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Tuesday, June 1, 2021


K-12 Science




2021 Science Summer Institute


Join the K-12 Science Team for a two-part session in which they facilitate informal discussions focused on promising practices from the past year. This is an opportunity for teachers, schools, and districts to network and reflect on their school year.


View the Flyer to register for both sessions.

Free Science Resources

The following books are free supplemental resources.  Some of these can be used for curriculum topic studies.  Each resource is available for free download.  Click on the link within the description to download.


Framework for K-12 Science Education

A Framework for K-12 Science Education outlines a broad set of expectations for students in science and engineering in grades K-12. These expectations will inform the development of new standards for K-12 science education and, subsequently, revisions to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for educators.


A Framework for K-12 Science Education









Ready, Set, Science!

Ready, Set, Science! guides the way with an account of the groundbreaking and comprehensive synthesis of research into teaching and learning science in kindergarten through eighth grade.  This book, based on the report Taking Science to School, summarizes a rich body of findings from the learning sciences and builds detailed cases of science educators at work to make the implications of research clear, accessible, and stimulating for a broad range of science educators.


Ready, Set, Science!




Benchmarks for Science Literacy

Project 2061's benchmarks are statements of what all students should know or be able to do in science, mathematics, and technology by the end of grades 2, 5, 8, and 12. The grade demarcations suggest reasonable checkpoints for estimating student progress toward the science literacy goals outlined in Science for All Americans (SFAA).


Benchmarks for Science Literacy (Free Online Version)





Seeing Students Learn Science

Science educators in the United States are adapting to a new vision of how students learn science. Children are natural explorers and their observations and intuitions about the world around them are the foundation for science learning. Unfortunately, the way science has been taught in the United States has not always taken advantage of those attributes. Some students who successfully complete their K–12 science classes have not really had the chance to “do” science for themselves in ways that harness their natural curiosity and understanding of the world around them.


Seeing Students Learn Science

Professional Development Opportunities


Greatest Hits Professional Development Image

The Division of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction presents Greatest Hits! This is an opportunity to catch up on professional development that educators might have missed over the last year.  Direct recording links, materials, and survey links for CEUs are included within!  Please note that the time to complete these varies, as most are self-paced. We plan to leave these open for use through September to allow for enough time to complete them.  Contact Dr. Angie Mullennix at Angie.Mullennix@dpi.nc.gov for questions.


Greatest Hits Professional Development Opportunities

NC DPI Science Consultants

Dr. Debra Hall

K-5 Science



Gavin Fradel 

6-8 Science



Benita Tipton 

9-12 Science



Alexis Wood

9-12 Science


Additional Contacts:

Beverly Vance

Section Chief, K-12 Mathematics/Science



Howard Ginsburg

K-12 STEM Consultant



Marilyn Johns

Administration Specialist