Great Minds, creator of Eureka Math® and Wit & Wisdom™, is proud to introduce an exemplary new elementary science program: PhD Science™. Based on the new science standards and created by our team of teacher–writers and experts, this innovative curriculum inspires students to wonder about the world and empowers them to make sense of it.
The adoption of new standards has shifted classrooms toward inquiry-driven instruction. With this change, teachers find themselves in the role of a facilitator, guiding lessons in which students help make sense of compelling phenomena. As a result, teachers have less time to piece together their own curriculum from various resources because they need to spend their time focusing on the pedagogical shift. They need a coherent curriculum designed for the new standards that supports the change in pedagogy. PhD Science is that curriculum. It provides in-context support for teachers with every lesson.
“One of the most rewarding things I see is that all students excel,” Susan Warren, an Owensboro, Kentucky, pilot teacher, said. Students build knowledge to explain compelling phenomena by making observations, asking questions, participating in discussions, designing and conducting investigations, and modeling. In Grade 4 alone, students investigate the Grand Canyon, windmills, elephant communication, and the disappearance of Amelia Earhart. In spring 2018, a dozen school districts piloted PhD Science, providing valuable feedback. Currently, 900 classrooms nationwide are piloting the curriculum.
Along with professional development opportunities on the implementation of the PhD Science program, teachers have support built in with every lesson.