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Our teachers and administrators have been working to strengthen a world-class curriculum based on International Baccalaureate principles that stress a global focus, creative problem-solving, hands-on projects, inquiry-based learning and community service. This work is led by our Curriculum and Instruction Leadership Council (CILC). Consisting of teachers and administrators, this council was created to provide a systematic process for Shaker to raise student achievement through improvements in the written, taught and assessed curriculum. We encourage you to talk with your child’s teacher about curriculum specifics at your school, and how the work of our instructional and administrative staff is tied to our District’s Five-Year Strategic Plan.
 
One of our major areas of focus has been refining our K-4 science curriculum. 
 
Enhanced Field Trips
Shaker teachers, International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) coordinators, principals and central office administrators have worked to ensure Shaker’s K-4 students are receiving more authentic hands-on and rigorous science instruction. Field trips have been strengthened to include more enhanced, rigorous, and real-world experiences. The chart below shows the change in field trips from 2016-17 to 2017-18.
 
The Science Advisory Group
Individuals who have a scientific background were invited to an August meeting to determine if they would like to serve on an advisory group. Invitees include science educators, researchers, higher education personnel, scientists and employees of STEM-related organizations and businesses.
 
Professional Learning, Supplies and Resources
Each school has been equipped with basic science equipment and curriculum resources. Teachers are receiving professional learning to support them as they implement these resources. The PYP coordinators have the lessons used in the K-4 Woodbury Lab so they can continue to be used at all K-4 schools and we will conduct a pilot program on various high-quality science kits aligned to grade-level curriculum standards.
 
Comparison of District-wide Science Field Trips
 
Kindergarten
2016-17
  • Woodbury K-4 Lab: 3 times for 1 hour each time
  • SHHS Planetarium
  • 2017-18
  • NCSL: Nature Alive experience (1.5 hour)
  • Great Lakes Science Center (2 hours)
  • SHHS Planetarium
  •  
    Grade 1
    2016-17
  • NCSL: Seasonal Habitats 3 seasonal visits
  • Woodbury K-4 Lab: 3 times for 1 hour each time
  • SHHS Planetarium
  • 2017-18
  • NCSL: Seasonal Habitats 3 seasonal visits
  • Field Trip to Great Lakes Science Center (3 hours)
  • SHHS Planetarium
  •  
    Grade 2
    2016-17
  • Woodbury K-4 Lab: 3 times for 1 hour each time
  • SHHS Planetarium
  • 2017-18
  • NCSL: Habitat Stewardship & Horseshoe Lake Lesson (3 hours)
  • SHHS Planetarium
  •  
    Grade 3
    2016-17
  • Woodbury K-4 Lab: 3 times for 1 hour each time
  • SHHS Planetarium
  • Holden Arboretum
  • 2017-18
  • NCSL: Birds and Butterflies (4 hours)
  • SHHS Planetarium
  • Holden Arboretum
  •   
    Grade 4
    2016-17
  • Woodbury K-4 Lab: 3 times for 1 hour each time
  • SHHS Planetarium
  • Holden Arboretum
  • 2017-18
  • NCSL: Water quality (1 hour in class and 4 hour field experience); Lakes Program (4 hour session)
  • SHHS Planetarium
  • Holden Arboretum
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