Case Studies

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Hampton City, VA Increases Science Test Scores with FOSS®

In 2014, Hampton City started their search for a more hands-on, inquiry based science curriculum with the hopes of increasing science SOL scores which were below state standards. After seeing FOSS® in action at an NSTA workshop and another school they began a pilot program with grades 4 and 5 and have been test scores rising the last 2 years.

“The FOSS program provides teachers with the tools and strategies to help students become engaged in science and gain a deeper understanding of content. The kits that come with the program are fantastic. They contain what is needed to complete a hands-on, inquiry based lesson that aligns with our content, curriculum and rigor. FOSS doesn’t just allow students to learn science but to DO science and become engrossed in the scientific process, which ultimately leads to an appreciation of science and the ability to critically think. Overall, FOSS has led to an increase in student achievement and engagement.”

—Jennifer Thomason, 5th grade teacher at Bryan

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Forest Hills Community Goes All-In for FOSS

Forest Hills Lutheran Chrisitian School in Cornelius, OR shares their story of science engagement and excitement with FOSS® Next Generation™. The Forest Hills community worked together to support the purchase of the complete FOSS scope and sequence once they saw a dramatic change in the level of student engagement after implementing just one module.

“If you really want science to have an impact, it needs to connect to real life and FOSS connects to real life.”

Mike Schiemann, Principal

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FOSS Virginia Test Results

Hartwood Elementary School in Hartwood, VA uses FOSS in grades 3-5. When a new, more rigorous state assessment was released, students in FOSS classrooms performed measurably better than those in non-FOSS classrooms in reading, math, and science.

"I can say that FOSS is by far the most engaging and comprehensive set of resources available to schools today."

Scott Elchenko, Principal

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FOSS California STAR Test Results

The San Juan, San Francisco, and Los Angeles Unified School Districts implemented FOSS in the 2008 school year. Each district posted substantial gains on the California Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) test in english, math, and science.

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GEMS-Net: A STEM Pipeline from Kindergarten to the University

Guiding Education in Math and Science Network (GEMS-Net) is an outreach project that develops partnerships with K-8 teachers and administrators from nine school districts throughout Rhode Island. GEMS-Net advises the districts on curriculum, monitors effectiveness and works to build teacher leadership. They currently use FOSS in all nine districts. They have gathered quantifiable evidence of improving student understanding and as a result, have recently made plans to upgrade to FOSS Next Generation.

"When I look back at 17 years of GEMS-Net implementation I see a snow ball rolling down an endless hill gathering snow in the form of expertise, experience, and knowledge as it goes. Looking downhill while riding the snowball can be scary. We are beginning to embrace NGSS which adds another color to our implementation spectrum. Together with the FOSS Third Edition, our village of dedicated educators, and our sturdy partnership with the university and the school districts, we will continue to bridge the gap between research and practice to reach our goal of a K–16 STEM pipeline."

Sara Sweetman, GEMS-Net

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Oakland Unified School District

A Vision for Elementary Science

Walk into any one of the 54 elementary schools in Oakland, California, and chances are you'll see students engaged in science using the FOSS curriculum. What's different is that not long ago only a small percentage of Oakland students were receiving this type of comprehensive science instruction on a regular basis. Now, hands-on science is happening in every classroom. And a growing number of teachers are using science as the context for reading, writing, and academic discussions in ways that support student understanding of science content and develop literacy skills and promote language acquisition.

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San Diego FOSS Science Academy

Creating Science-Centered Schools through Integration

Students in Pam Lhuillier's fourth-grade class at Bayview Terrace Elementary School are studying geology. Their hands-on experiences, discussions with partners and table groups, recording of observations in their science notebooks, use of organized data charts, and reinforcement of what they see by reading their FOSS Science Resource books builds knowledge and skills to incorporate what they learn into their speaking and writing. When used this way, FOSS is the embodiment of hands-on integrated learning. Science is used as a content focus to integrate English language arts, mathematics, visual and performing arts, and English language development.

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Riverside Unified School District

Creating a Science-Centered Elementary School

Initiating a new curriculum, using FOSS, not only to improve science, but as the focus for developing English language literacy and reinforcing math skills, is a gargantuan task! But that's just what Dale Moore, District Instructional Specialist, and Raul Ayala, Principal, proposed to Richard Pacheco, Delta Education Regional FOSS Representative. In short order, they began the implementation at Hyatt Elementary School in Riverside Unified School District (Southern California), using the FOSS program as the curriculum core for engaging students in learning and in developing language skills.

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Montebello and Conjejo Unified School Districts

Making Connections through FOSS: Science, Math, English Language Arts, and English As A Second Language

Many schools are using FOSS to do some amazing things with their curriculum, improving students' scientific practices and science content knowledge. They are also advancing language literacy by integrating science and English language arts, developing basic language proficiency by scaffolding science lessons to support English-language learners, and exercising math skills and concepts by teaching math in context as a fundamental way to think and process information in the enterprise of science. Very deliberate processes have moved these schools and their students to higher levels of achievement. Here's what is happening at two FOSS schools.

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A Parent's Perspective on FOSS

One Saturday afternoon, the sound of water flowing from the bathroom sink continuously, along with the gleeful sound of laughter, piqued my interest. Unsure of what I would see, I slowly opened the bathroom door. My second grader, Julian, quickly explained to me that he was filling a balloon with a little water, then blowing it up with air, so that the air pressure would force the water out creating a child-made "water-squirter." With my child happily experimenting and applying scientific knowledge, I just smiled at the drops of water rolling down the mirror and walls.

Moments like that are what shape a child's learning and encourage them to go deeper.