Science is the use of evidence to construct testable explanations and
predictions of natural phenomena, as well as the knowledge generated
through this process. Science and engineering are significant parts of
human culture and represent many of the pinnacles of human achievement.
Not only is learning about the world around us important, science and
engineering can improve people's lives in significant ways. In order to
make informed decisions, it is imperative that we have knowledge of
science to help with those decisions. Many of the challenges we face
today are rooted in science, and it is important that we focus on the
need for science and engineering professionals to keep Pennsylvania
competitive in both the national and international arenas.
Learning experiences for students, from PreK
through high school must actively engage students in the scientific
practices to deepen their understanding of the core ideas in the
sciences. These investigations must engage students with questions
about the world and how scientists have investigated and answered
In Pennsylvania schools, it is our expectation
that all students have experiences within all areas of science, which
include the Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Earth and Space
STEM education is an intentional, integrative
approach to teaching and learning in science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics. Students become adept problem solvers, innovators, and
inventors who are self-reliant by asking questions, investigating,
making informed decisions about how they live their daily lives and
engage in their vocations and communities.
Standards Aligned System
The Standards Aligned System
is the Pennsylvania Department of Education digital curriculum and
instruction resource site. The SAS is comprised of six distinct
elements which provide a common framework for continuous student,
teacher, school and district growth. The elements are Standards,
Assessment, Curriculum Framework, Instruction, Materials and Resources
and Safe and Supportive Schools. Numerous resources for teaching and
developing high quality science education programs are available on the
Standards Aligned System website.
Professional Learning Community
Professional Learning Communities (PLC)
provide users with the ability to communicate and collaborate with
educators from across the Commonwealth via threaded discussion forums
and blogs. Learning Communities may be comprised of educators who teach
the same Subject Areas or Grade Levels, or may focus on a particular
instructional strategy or professional interest.
We encourage you to join the Science Learning
Community. The Science Learning Community provides not only the ability
to communicate with individuals interested in science education but also
access to numerous resources. Join the Science PLC by becoming a
registered user of the Standards Aligned System. Once you are a registered user, sign-in to your account, select Teacher Tools, My Communities.
Project Based Assessments are
alternative assessments for students who are unable to meet Chapter 4
requirements relating to high school graduation requirements through the
Certification and Staffing Policy Guidelines (CSPG)
that pertain to science education certification and course assignment
include: CSPG 30 – Agriculture; CSPG 32 – Biology; CSPG 34 – Chemistry;
CSPG 40 - Earth and Space Science; CSPG 43 - Environmental Education;
CSPG 46 - General Science; CSPG 54 - Middle Level Science; and CSPG 56 –
Questions regarding certification requirements should be directed to the
Pennsylvania Department of Education's Bureau of School Leadership and Teacher Quality.
Science in Motion
is a consortium of eleven colleges and universities providing
laboratory science equipment and activities at no cost to over 200
school districts in the commonwealth.
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching are the nation's highest honors for teachers of mathematics and science.
Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness Program
(OTDA) was created by Act 102 of 1994. Act 102 established The
Governor Robert P. Casey Memorial Organ and Tissue Donation Awareness
Trust Fund and designated the responsibilities of the Departments of
Health, Transportation, Education, and Revenue to support statewide
efforts that foster an understanding of the importance of organ and
tissue donations. The Department of Education OTDA program strives to
develop an awareness of organ and tissue donation and transplantation
through education in Pennsylvania's secondary schools. The OTDA program
provides educators with curriculum resources, professional development
and implementation mini-grants. The OTDA program is managed by
Lancaster/Lebanon IU 13 in partnership with the Department of Education.
National Youth Science Camp
is a residential science education program for young scientists the
summer after they graduate from high school. Each year, two students
from Pennsylvania are selected as delegates to attend the National Youth
This Safety Guide is intended to alert
technology education teachers, teacher educators, school administrators
and technology education supervisors to the importance of a strong
safety program. It is also intended to provide the instructional
resources for instituting safety instruction in the public schools, for
the in-service training of technology education teachers and for the
education of undergraduates in the teacher education programs of
This Safety Guide is intended to be a
convenient reference for Elementary and Technology Education teachers.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has carefully considered
applicable industry practices in the development of this guide.
However, the standards provided herein are by no means absolute. The
Department hereby disclaims all liability incurred through the use of
Council for State Science Supervisors Safety Guide
These guides were published by the Council of State Science Supervisors
(CSSS) with support from the American Chemical Society, the Eisenhower
National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education, the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration, DuPont Corporation, Intel
Corporation, American Chemical Society, and the National Institutes of