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 Science Academy Supports Teachers

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is helping teachers prepare for the Next Generation Science Standards as part of its Elementary Science Academy.

This is the second year for the nine-day academy, which is scheduled to start in July and run into next year with follow-up sessions. It was created for educators who teach kindergarten through 5th grade to support them in teaching literacy through science content.

“We want to give them something that they can take back into the classroom,” said John Spiegel, science coordinator for SDCOE. “Everything reflects back to the classroom.”

A total of 125 educators are expected to participate in this year’s academy, where they will learn new skills, study best practices, participate in hands-on lessons, have opportunities for collaboration, and develop a digital portfolio.

“To really support elementary teachers in science and the Next Generation Science Standards, we have to make it an in-depth, hands-on experience,” Spiegel said. “It’s learning about science by doing science.”

The academy includes a four-day summer institute as well as five follow-up sessions.

“Elementary Science Academy participation has allowed time for me to reflect on current practice, make goals for learning, and also anticipate which areas to focus on improving,” said one of last year’s participants.

More information, including dates and the cost is available on SDCOE’s website.