What We Do
BSCS Science Learning develops research-based science education programs and services. We have a 60-year track record of leveraging research to create practical solutions. Today as an independent nonprofit, we offer classroom-tested instructional materials and immersive professional learning and leadership development experiences that meet the needs of the diverse populations and educational contexts of 21st century America. Our staff includes experienced educators, educational researchers, and scientists who share a commitment to transforming science education.
At BSCS, we are on a mission to transform science education nationwide. This means creating impact that is both systemic and sustainable. And we accomplish this goal through four areas of work.
Instructional Materials Development
For teachers to be successful in the classroom, they must have access to high quality instructional materials. We leverage research insights and current industry standards to produce reliable curricula, as we’ve done since our earliest days.
Our process begins with experimentation across small-scale settings. And based on our learnings from initial market tests and evaluations, we develop materials for broad dissemination.
In today’s world, we primarily focus on developing NGSS-based, online, and highly interactive materials that meet the needs of increasingly diverse student populations.
Teacher Professional Learning
A thriving science education system depends on high quality professional learning opportunities for teachers. We are recognized for our signature approach to professional development, resulting from our 15-year line of research on how teachers and students learn science.
Our approach to professional learning is proving to be powerful in both teacher preparation and continuing education programs; in district-wide programs and in programs enrolling individual teachers; in programs for elementary, middle, and high school teachers; and in programs facilitated in person and online.
Support from the state level to the classroom level is needed to transform science education. That’s why we are committed to system-wide leadership development. We create and deliver research-driven programs that prepare schools, districts, and states to implement stronger systems and policies for science teaching and learning.
Our programs provide education leaders with high quality professional learning opportunities and support in selecting and implementing high quality instructional materials. As industry research indicates, both components are essential for effective science instruction.
Our work begins and ends with research. We conduct a variety of studies for a deeper understanding of how teachers and students learn science. Our evaluations span from studies of our own interventions across schools and districts to big-picture analyses across the greater science education landscape.
This ongoing research allows us to explore the effectiveness of our instructional materials, professional learning, and leadership programs while informing our future innovation. Ultimately, we deliver enhanced products and services in more robust, research-informed settings.
Our Model for Transforming Science Education
Our Work In Action
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