1. Katherine McNeill
  2. http://www.katherinelmcneill.com
  3. Associate Professor of Science Education
  5. Boston College
  1. Kyle Fagan
  2. Doctoral Student
  4. Boston College
  1. Rebecca Katsh-singer
  2. Doctoral Candidate
  4. Boston College
  1. Rebecca Lowenhaupt
  2. Assistant Professor
  4. Boston College

Instructional Leadership for Science Practices

NSF Awards: 1415541

2016 (see original presentation & discussion)

Adult learners

The Instructional Leadership for Science Practices (ILSP) project focuses on preparing k-8 principals to support teachers’ learning and teaching of the science practices in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Although K-8 school principals are responsible for instructional improvement across subject areas, their focus has traditionally been on literacy and mathematics. However, the recent development of new standards for science requires principals to support substantial reform in science instruction. A key focus of the NGSS is the inclusion of science practices, which are potentially the most significant challenge for schools in this new reform effort. Yet principals often lack the necessary knowledge, resources, and skills to champion such reforms, particularly in the subject of science. Consequently, to address this challenge the ILSP project is developing and researching resources for school leaders to support k-8 teachers in science. Specifically, we are developing a set of online materials and mobile application software to support k-8 principals’ knowledge and instructional supervision of the science practices.

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