SHERIDAN — The days of memorizing vocabulary out of a science book will soon be gone.

The Sheridan Press (Wyoming) reports that on Sept. 24, the Wyoming State Board of Education adopted new science standards for Wyoming schools. School districts will have until the 2020-2021 school year to adjust their science curriculum.

A complete overhaul of curriculum is no small task. So how will local districts make that transition?

Assistant Superintendent Mitch Craft said that on Oct. 12, during the district’s in-service day, Sheridan County School District 2’s secondary science teachers and administrators held a three-hour collaboration concerning ways to approach the new science standards.

Craft emphasized that in the future, there will be several meetings between teachers and administrators. These will be done primarily using the professional learning community format.

Yet, Craft said that wasn’t the first time teachers have taken a hard look at the new standards.

“Our teachers have honestly been examining it since word got out that there were going to be new standards,” Craft said. “So, they’ve been making that transition for several years.”

At the September SBE meeting, Wyoming Superintendent of Public Instruction Jillian Balow said that around half the school districts in the state have already shifted their curriculum to the new standards. Sheridan County School District 1 is one of those districts.

Click here to read the full story in the Sheridan Press (October 18, 2016)

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