Teaching And Learning: Science

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Vision

All students will become scientifically and environmentally literate individuals who are skilled, reflective, and empowered to make informed decisions that benefit themselves, their families, and their local and global communities within an increasingly complex and continually changing world.

Mission

The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) Office of Science will prioritize coherence, collaboration, and communication to lead Maryland’s local school systems and other stakeholders in achieving high quality, three-dimensional science teaching, learning, and assessment across all science disciplines and in all grade levels to develop scientifically and environmentally literate graduates.

Definitions

Scientific Literacy—Scientific literacy is a journey that is defined by experiences, attitudes, and values that coalesce within an individual who is then able to accurately navigate and respond to daily problems by applying reliable and valid scientific evidence.

Environmental Literacy—Environmentally literate students understand environmental and physical processes and systems, including human systems.  They analyze global, social, cultural, political, physical, economic, and environmental relationships and weigh various sides of environmental issues to make responsible decisions as individuals and as members of their community and citizens of the world. 




Contacts - Science Team Bios

Mary C. H. Weller
Coordinator for Science
Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement and Professional Learning
Phone: 410-767-0329       Fax: 410-333-1146
Email: Mary.Weller@maryland.gov


Jeremy Haack
Science Specialist
Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement and Professional Learning
Phone: 410-767-4663       Fax: 410-333-1146
Email: jeremy.haack@maryland.gov

Kirsten Jackson
Environmental Literacy Specialist
Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement and Professional Learning
Phone: 410-767-0323     Fax: 410-333-1146
Email: Kirsten.Jackson1@maryland.gov

Jeremy R. Marcus-Wenger
Science Assessment Specialist
Division of Assessment, Accountability, and Performance Reporting
Phone: 410-767-0860  Fax:410-333-0052 

Science Safety During COVID: Guidelines for Science Courses during COVID in Maryland Public Schools

Science Surveys



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MARYLAND STEM CONNECT

The Maryland Department of Commerce just launched Maryland STEM Connect, a repository of Federal and Military agency STEM programs in the form of an interactive database. The purpose of this initiative is to demonstrate and promote the many diverse STEM activities to educators, students and parents. Federal agencies, from NASA to Fort Meade, offer engaging activities to encourage students from all ages to pursue STEM education and careers. We request that our educational partners help us promote this initiative by reaching out to your community.

K-12
From pre-K summer camps to high school apprenticeships, students of all ages in Maryland have endless opportunity to explore the world of STEM. See the variety of programs hosted at Maryland’s military & federal institutions.


STEM Connect - Maryland STEM Programs Database
STEM Connect - Maryland STEM Programs Database


 
Maryland Common Core State Literacy for Science & Technical Subjects Frameworks
Literacy development is essential for students to access and learn disciplinary content and must be a shared responsibility across all daily instruction when and where appropriate. With Maryland’s adoption of the Common Core standards, teachers in all subject areas will build discipline-specific literacy into daily instruction when and where appropriate.​

Disciplinary Literacy Frameworks


Reading Standards for Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects

Writing Standards for Literacy in Science & Technical Subjects


MISA: Maryland Integrated Science Assessment
MISA: Maryland Integrated Science Assessment



Web Resources