New Haven Public Schools

TEACHING SCIENCE

www.newhavenscience.org

Richard Therrien, K-12 Science Supervisor

54 Meadow Street, 3rd Floor

New Haven, CT 06519

203-946-2933, 203-946-8664 (f)

richard.therrien@new-haven.k12.ct.us

 

MIDDLE SCHOOL SCIENCE:

                        32 K-8 Schools.Typically, one science teacher, does both 7th (chem./life), and 8th (physical/earth) grade science. 90-100 students, science lab room (less than 10 yrs old, or new), part of a middle school subject team. Requires certifications: 034, 234, (General Science), OR a middle/high school science certification with highly qualified in general science, or working towards general science.

 

HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE:

                        4 medium to large high schools, with 500-1200 students each, and science departments of 5-20 science teachers. 5 other high schools with < 300 students and smaller science departments. Typically a science teacher would teach 2 subjects, but no more than 3. All students take a 9th grade course, Biology, Chemistry and possibly electives. Teachers who teach the same subject work as teams to develop lessons and assessments.

Chemistry/PhyChem teachers teach 11th grade chemistry and/or 9th grade integrated phy/chem., which also includes environmental aspects. Requires certifications: 031, 033, 034. In some cases a teacher with dual Biology (030) and Chemistry/Earth/Physics would teach some Biology and Phy/Chem or something else. Some opportunities to teach upper level courses, and many opportunities to teach middle level juniors/seniors in electives.

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:      

Science teachers in New Haven have tremendous opportunities for professional development. All science teachers across the district meet at least once a month, with district developed professional development as well. NHPS partners with Yale University on over 30 programs for students and professional development for teachers (http://www.yale.edu/onhsa/science/index.html) , as well as with other programs such as PIMMS, CSTA, University of New Haven, Southern CT State Univ, UCONN, and Quinnipiac. New Haven Public Schools also conducts a City Wide Science Fair at Yale Commons every year, with mentors and judges from the entire community available to teachers and students.

Science Certifications for New Haven Public Schools

New Haven Public Schools have many successful science teachers from all types of programs. Certification is a teacherís responsibility, and while we can provide some guidance, it is ultimately up to the individual to pursue and arrange.

 

The most successful science teachers are those who believe in science is best taught when students participate in hands on, interesting, and engaging activities with each other. The connection between teachers and students is often more important than the science background of the teacher. Successful teachers are collaborative, humble, and interested in the whole child. Teachers integrate reading strategies, math skills, and social responsibility into their science classes.

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Three paths to certification, and see: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2613&Q=321230

 

Alternate Route to Certification: Ed courses taken on the weekends or in the 45 day summer program fulfill MOST of the education courses. Student teaching can be done in summer school. There are higher standards for the first two years of teaching. Many ARC teachers have found great success. http://www.ctdhe.org/ARC/default.htm

 

DSAP: Students enroll in a regular college education program (typically as a Masterís Degree). Once they are accepted and have started AND passed all the tests, they may apply for a position. If the district offers a position AND the college agrees, both need to sign off on a Durational Shortage Area Permit. The college oversees the teacher during the first year(s) of teaching and it then waives the student teaching. NHPS has had successful science DSAP teachers from Southern CT State University, University of New Haven, and Others.

 

Regular Program: Area colleges such as SCSU, UNH, Sacred Heart, University of Bridgeport, and others, all offer degrees leading to science certification. Some have internship programs which allow for subsititute teaching while earning a Masterís Degree in Science Education. These typically take 1 -1.5 years, depending on background.

 

Teach For America: Teach for America candidates are certified under a DSAP or an Alternate Route type certificate, typically get intensive summer training and student teaching, and then are placed in an urban district.

 

New Haven Public Schools Science (see www.newhavenscience.org/pacingchart.pdf)

6th grade: Environmental/Earth/Physical Science 7th grade : Chemistry/Life Science, 8th grade: Physical/Earth Science, 9th grade: Integrated Phy/Chem, 10th grade: Biology, 11th grade: Chemistry, 12th grade: Physics.

The greatest need is for teachers who can teach middle school (general science certified) or two or more subjects in high school (chemistry, physics, gen science OR bio plus chemistry, or bio plus gen science). The largest number of applicants tend to be those certified in just biology, which is only a third of secondary science curriculum.

There are SOME upper level electives, such as AP Biology, AP Chemistry, Anatomy, Environmental Science, etc.. but the largest number of students are in 9th/10th grade in high school, so that is where the greatest need is. (This is true for most CT districts).

A certified science teacher needs to have about 30 credits in science (34 credits including biology, earth, physics, chemistry for general science) AND be highly qualified AND have all the education courses required, including science methods, ed psychology, etc.. (about 24 credits depending) AND have student teaching.

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Science Certifications for New Haven Public Schools

 

Grade 6-8 Science        K-8 001 or 4-8 006, If self contained or split class ( 2 math, 2 science)

If departmentalized ( 1 teacher with > 3 sections of science)

K-8 001 or 4-8 006 meets certification requirements but only current teachers who have taught this science in New Haven for three or more years meet HOUSSE highly qualified status. No new elem certified teachers can be hired or transferred into this position (6-8 departmentalized science) and meet highly qualified status (unless they have a Masterís degree in the specific science subject area).

 

Grade 6 departmentalized science (integrated): current elem certified teachers, or General Science 234, 235, 034 certified, passed Praxis II in General or Middle School Science.

 

Grade 7 departmentalized science (life/chem.): current elem certified teachers, or General Science 234, 235, 034, Biology 230, 030, passed Praxis II in General, Middle School or Biology.

 

Grade 8 departmentalized science (physics/earth): current elem certified teachers, or General Science 234, 235, 034, Physics 232, 032, Earth 233, 033, passed Praxis II in General, Middle School, Earth,  or Physics.

(A Biology only certified teacher could teach 8th grade science up to two periods of their schedule for two years if they receive a temporary minor authorization certificate and have 12  credits in Physics/Earth Science)

This means for most schools, a grade 7/8 teacher needs 234,235, or 034 cert.

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Grade 9 Integrated Phy/Chem.  General science (034), Physics (032), Earth (033) or Chemistry (031) certified, passed Praxis II in General, Earth or Chemistry. (A Biology only certified teacher could teach 9th grade science up to two periods of their schedule for two years if they receive a temporary minor authorization certificate and have 12  credits in Chemistry/Earth/Physics, but they would still have to take the Praxis or have a Masterís in this subject area to meet Highly Qualified status)

Biology: Biology (030), Chemistry: Chemistry (031), Anatomy/Physiology:  Biology (030), Physics:Physics (032).

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Note: Teachers on a DSAP must be > 9 credits into their planned education program,  have >12 credits in the subject, have passed the Praxis II, received approval from their CT higher ed program, and ONLY teach the subjects for which they have a DSAP. (Chem DSAP must only teach Chem, etc..) DSAP teachers cannot receive the temporary minor authorization.

 

So in essence:

New Haven Science teachers must be certified and highly qualified in every science area they teach.

Temporary minor authorizations (for two periods a day) are available for two years for other subject areas.

DSAP teachers must only teach in the area of their DSAP certificate.

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NEW HAVEN PUBLIC SCHOOLS SCIENCE CONTENT OUTLINE 2008-2009    www.newhavenscience.org (as well as inquiry standards)

(Note, K-6 content order subject to change and is dependent on kit supply and school specific rotation)

 

Quarter One

 

Quarter Two

Quarter

Three

Quarter Four

 

K

Weather

STC W 40

 

Object Properties DSM PROP 11

Seasons

Living Things:

characteristics FOSS WOOD 21

 

1

Compare

Measurement STC CM 40

 

Motion

NO KIT

 

Light Properties DSM S/S 20

Living Things: Structure

STC ORG 22

 

2

Solids/LiquidsSTC  SL 28

 

Soil

DSM SOIL 18

 

Nutrition NO KIT

Animal Life Cycles  STC BUTTRFLY 40

 

3

Rocks

STC R 24

 

Material Properties STC CT 32 *ET

 

Recycling/ Conservation

NO KIT

Plant Life Cycles STC 40

 

4

Force and Motion

STC MD 28

 

Ecosystems NO KIT

 

Land/Water

STC LW 35

Electricity

STC EC 35*ET

 

5

Sound

UNH Sound 65

Light/

Color GEMSCA 65

Light Uses (Lenses) GEMS MM 65

Senses 

NO KIT *ET

Earth,Moon,Stars 

GEMS 32

(CMT TEST FOLLOWS)

Stars or Health

NO KIT

 

6

Ecosystem Populations STC 24

 

Weather Systems

NO KIT

 

Water Resources URI  *ET

Simple Machines  DSM 18

 

7

Properties of Matter

Chemical Properties

Cells

Genetics/

Reproduction

Life Systems Musculo-Skeletal

Life Systems Biochemical *ET

Microbes/

Food Preservation

8

Forces/Bridges

Forces/

Motion *ET

Solar System Motion

Landforms/Earth Forces

Tectonic Plates (CMT TEST FOLLOWS)

Rock Cycle

Natural Disasters

9

PhyChem

Heat/Phase Changes

Atoms/

Bonding *ET

Polymers *ET

Earth chemical cycles *ET

Earth Materials/

Environment Impact *ET

Energy/

Electricity *ET

Energy Sources/

Impacts *ET

10 Bio

BioChemistry *ET

Cells/

Bacteria/

Viruses *ET

Heredity/

Genetics *ET

Evolution

Diseases/

Populations *ET

(CAPT TEST FOLLOWS)

Organism Interdependence

Organism Behavior/

Structure

11 Chem

Chemical Properties

Atomic Structure

Nuclear/PT

Compounds/

Bonding

Reactions/

Equations/Heat

Gas Behavior

Organic Chemistry

12 Physics( or electives)

Motion

ACCEL

2 D Motion

Forces/Work

Energy/Electric

Wave/Sound/Light

Mod Physics

*ET = CT Embedded Task,  NHPS District Unit Tasks and Quarterly Assessments Also Required Grades 7-12, New Haven City Wide