Science Program Evaluation

This Web Seminar took place on February 17, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Presenting was Wendy Binder and Jan Tuomi, Directors in the NSTA Professional Development Department. In this Seminar, the presenters talked how to begin looking at your schools overall science program. The presenter shared NSTA resources that can help schools evaluate their science programs and invited participants to becoming involved in a discussion board on the topic.

The PowerPoint, related resources from the NSTA Learning Center, and web links from the presentation are now contained in the above resource collection. Clicking on the collection link will place it in your Learning Center, My Library, neatly organized under the My Resource Collections tab.

This program was designed to make educators and administrators aware of how to begin the process of evaluating the school or district’s science program. Jan Tuomi talked about using the NSTA position statements to help determine the quality of a schools science program. She also shared the 15 Systematic Element of High-Quality Science programs. Wendy Binder examined the pros and cons of using expert reviewer to assist the school system in evaluating their science program. Finally, participants were invited to join ‘Evaluating Science Programs’ discussion forum in the NSTA Learning Center.

Forty-four (44) participants were present at the live Web Seminar in addition to the presenter and NSTA staff. Participating educators represented the states of Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Seminar participants received one of the NSTA SciGuides. A certificate of attendance was deposited into participants My PD Record and Certificates area in the NSTA Learning Center for completing the evaluation form at the end of the program.

Here are some comments provided by the participants at the end of the Web Seminar:

  • “I am currently working to realign curriculum JrK-8 but first need a good handle on what is actually happening in each of our K-8 schools. This content was valuable because I need a plan to do that.”
  • “Specific categories to consider when evaluating a science program.”
  • “In my role as a provider of Professional Learning, I am often called to help districts/school evaluate their science programs. This will be beneficial in helping assure there is a common understanding of the components.”
  • “I found that it give me some idea on what to look for in making the science program here that I’m part of better for science instruction.”

Thanks to the participants and the presenter for the learning opportunity, the interactions, and a job well done!

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