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The Administrators’ Toolbox: FOSS Next Generation Implementation

FOSS Newsletter Staff | July 29, 2019 | Uncategorized

School principals and other administrators play a critical role in the implementation of high-quality science programs at schools. The FOSS Administrators’ Toolbox is an online tool designed to help the site administrator successfully implement the FOSS Next Generation program. The tools orient administrators to the importance pieces of the FOSS curriculum and highlight those areas where administrator support will make a crucial difference in setting teachers up for success.

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The Administrators’ Toolbox on FOSSweb
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Visit the Toolbox online to find a clickable list of areas to explore. These areas include:

  1. Managing Materials
  2. Using FOSS Technology
  3. Creating a Culture for Science
  4. Supporting Teachers with Time
  5. Supporting Teachers with Professional Learning
  6. Supporting Teachers with Access and Equity
  7. Using the FOSS Assessment System
  8. Observing Classroom Practice
  9. Making Community Connections
  10. Getting More Information

There are a lot of important pieces to a successful FOSS implementation. They will not all be accomplished at once. We recommend that administrators look ahead and begin forging a long-term plan for the science program together with other stake-holders, e.g., teachers, other administrators, families, board members, community partners, etc. By starting with a vision for what science teaching and learning looks like in your system, administrators can use these tools to set goals and yearly action plans for moving forward and monitoring successes and challenges. The key is to know the reality of your system, meet everyone where they are, and to keep a mindset of continuous improvement.

We recommend administrators review some of the resources on FOSSweb, either by logging in or visiting as a guest. Here are places to start the review.

About FOSS: Using the FOSSweb top menu, find About FOSS. Use the pulldown to go to What is FOSS? You can view the short video and then read the FOSS Program Goals from the link at the bottom of the page. Here you will find a description of how the FOSS Program addresses scientific literacy, instructional efficiency, and systemic reform.

Implementation Tools Using the same FOSSweb top menu, find Implementation Tools. Use the pulldown to go to the Getting Started with FOSS videos. There are three short videos: Meet Your Module, Explore Your Teacher Toolkit, Navigating FOSSweb. These will be a good introduction to the FOSS components.

A FOSS Module Overview from any FOSS Investigations Guide. You can review a printed copy or read it on FOSSweb (go to About FOSS, Scope & Sequence, select a module or course, and then download the Overview PDF). The Overview chapter in the Investigations Guide describes in detail, the components of the program, the instructional design, and other important features that provide opportunities for all students to engage fully in making sense of the natural world.

Please be sure to visit the Administrators’ Toolkit online for all of the above information, plus more. You can also download a PDF of individual tools or one PDF of all the tools.