Leaders can be administrators, staff, and teachers who make an effort at their school to improve student achievement. Administrators, however, can play a larger role when they make efforts to improve the environment and culture of their school. Creating a culture for science achievement based on social equity has the potential to benefit all students, in multiple subject areas.
While many schools and state standards focus on math and reading performance at the elementary level, we believe that science achievement is sometimes overlooked. The importance of fostering an interest in science at a young age can be crucial to a child’s development and interest in STEM-related fields.
Improving your school science achievement and fostering social justice does not have to be a daunting task. Finding teachers and staff to get excited about school improvement, and creating a culture to foster science learning can help you in this goal. Project SOSA recommends the following book for principals who want to improve their students’ science performance.
*Sheninger, E.C., & Devereaux, K. (2013). What principals need to know about teaching and learning science (2nd ed.). Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
Family Fun STEM Nights
Studies have shown that fun and informal engagement in STEM at a young age contributes to a child’s interest and further study in STEM-related fields. In addition, family involvement and encouragement plays an even larger role in fostering a child’s interest and performance in science. Family Fun STEM Nights can foster science engagement and build family interest, in an exciting and fun event at your school.
Are you interested in having a Family Fun STEM Night at your school? Please take a look at the following website for ideas and tips: nsta.org