Loyola University Chicago

Center for Science and Math Education

K-12 Science

Current K-8 Science programs are designed in consultation with district leadership to ensure that program supports are aligned with a coherent vision of science education at each level. Programs are in place in Chicago Public Schools and in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Supports for Districts:

  • Acting as thought partners to develop a clearly articulated vision for what science instruction should look like in the district.
  • Acting as thought partners to develop a plan for district leadership to achieve the articulated vision.
  • Designing and facilitating professional development activities for district teachers and administrators.

Supports for Schools and Administrators

  • Professional development sessions on topics such as understanding high quality science instruction, integration of science into other core disciplines, implications of the Next Generation Science Standards on coherence of science instruction in schools.
  • School-based science strategy planning with instructional coaches and other program staff.
  • Facilitation of professional learning communities within schools to support teacher and administrator collaboration across and within all grade levels on implementing high quality science instruction.
  • Online tools and resources on understanding essential components of high quality science instruction, such as the 5E instructional model

Supports for Teachers

  • Professional development on implementing Science Education for Public Understanding Program (SEPUP) instructional materials in grades 6-8. See the Middle Grades Science Teacher Resource page for more information.
  • Professional development on implementing the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in the classroom.
  • Facilitation of professional learning communities within schools to support teachers’ collaboration across and within all grade levels on implementing high quality science instruction.
  • One-on-one instructional coaching for classroom teachers on implementing high quality science instruction aligned with the NGSS.

Click here to see a map of schools we work with.

Current and past funders include:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The Big Shoulders Fund

The Polk Bros. Foundation

The Chicago Community Trust

The Illinois Board of Higher Education