April 4: Drop in to review and provide input on curriculum under consideration
WHAT: Open house: Review high school science curricula
WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 5–6 p.m.
WHERE: 4J Education Center, 200 N. Monroe St., Eugene
Eugene School District 4J will soon adopt new high school science curriculum, using bond funds approved by voters in 2013. New curricula are being considered for five high school science courses: physical science, biology, earth science, chemistry and physics.
Parents, students, educators and community members are invited to learn about and give feedback on new science curriculum being considered for 4J high schools at a science adoption open house on Tuesday, April 4, 5–6 p.m. Spanish interpretation will be provided.
Sample textbooks, materials, and literature about the recommended programs will be available for visitors to review. Teachers and other members of the district adoption team will be at the open house to talk about Oregon’s adopted academic standards for science (Next Generation Science Standards, NGSS), the adoption process, the curriculum piloted by 4J teachers, and the resulting top curriculum choices under consideration.
The process to select new high school science materials has been underway for the past year. Teachers across the district have participated in piloting materials aligned to Oregon’s updated science standards and have provided feedback to help select the potential curricula to recommend.
The high school science adoption process follows the adoption of new science curriculum for elementary and middle schools, completed last year in the first new science curriculum adoption in the district since 1997.
Feedback gathered at the open house will be considered in the next steps of the adoption process. Curriculum recommendations will be considered by the school board for adoption this spring. New materials could be in use as soon as next fall.
4J School Bond Measure: In May 2013, voters in Eugene School District 4J resoundingly passed a $170 million school bond measure to provide funding for 4J school improvements. The bond measure is paying for improvements at every 4J school, including updated science curricula and other instructional materials, new student technology, security upgrades, and building repairs, as well as replacing four of the district’s oldest, most inefficient school buildings. (Learn more)