The FOSS project developed its assessment system through an NSF-funded project ASK. During that six-year project, we worked extensively with teachers in nine school districts and educational service areas to create what has now been embedded in FOSS Next Generation and Third Editions. Some of you may be asking, if those assessments were created before the NGSS existed, how can we use them for gathering three-dimensional data about our students' performance?
John Muir Laws, also known as "Jack," has spent his career looking for the best tools to connect people to nature in order to help them fall in love with the world around them. He has dedicated his life to the art of nature journaling and to offering step-by-step guidance to help students and adults feel confident getting started.
Some might say that implementing NGSS is a daunting task. As a result of inviting teachers to experience what it means to figure out and explain phenomena using FOSS, the vision of NGSS came alive very quickly, much more quickly than expected.
In just about every state in this country, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have been adopted explicitly, or insinuated implicitly, into the contemporary vision of science education. So, in fact, or at least in spirit, the NGSS provide the light illuminating the vision of classroom science for the whole country. So, I continue to ponder the elements of a coherent vision of action for the way forward.
Across the country, events such as science fairs attempt to deepen students' knowledge and investment in science education. Research has demonstrated that science fairs can increase students' desire to go into the STEM fields, but that the time-consuming process is not equitable for all students and does not reflect the work of scientists.
Dr. Lowery's legacy lives on through the many things he accomplished, including his many books for young readers.
With great sorrow the FOSS family announces the passing of Dr. Larry Lowery, the original principal investigator for the Full Option Science System project.
In Fall 2015, we announced the release of FOSS Next Generation K–5. We're happy to now update that news to announce that all FOSS middle school courses are final or in final development and that FOSS Next Generation K–8 will soon be complete.
Four books and a card game.
What if I told you that that science did not have to be taught as an isolated subject? That you could integrate science as part of your English language arts (ELA) time? Or as part of your mathematics block? That is exactly how I use my FOSS Weather on Earth Module in my fourth-grade classroom.