The High School Science for All Curriculum is a three-year science course pathway and curriculum aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which consists of freshman physics, sophomore chemistry, and junior biology courses. Each course utilizes common instructional strategies, real-world phenomena, and engineering design challenges to engage students with a practical, experiential approach to instruction. Three of our partner districts (Beaverton, Portland Public, and Hillsboro) are now implementing all or part of the sequence, along with several other districts across the state.
Beaverton School District has implemented the full sequence since 2014-15. This school year (2017-18), Portland Public Schools and Hillsboro School District are implementing Patterns Physics with nearly every freshman. From learning about Newton’s Laws through the context of texting and driving (and creating an app to predict the consequences of that choice), to engineering a shoe, engineering a wind turbine, and the creation of a 50-year energy plan, students are constructing explanations and solving problems within real-world contexts. Teachers across our region and beyond (with a total of 13 districts across Oregon and Washington confirmed) are engaging in this work. We are gearing up for another summer full of professional learning for high school science teachers across the state, were we will provide 5-day professional development courses for approximately 140 high school science teachers through our Physics, Chemistry, and Biology for the Next Generation courses.
If you are curious about which districts are working with us, check out this spreadsheet, which estimates the number of students who are, have been, or will be impacted by this approach and curriculum over the next four years. Additional teachers from other districts are engaging in our professional learning experiences and using the curriculum on an individual grade-level or teacher basis.