I hope the first three months of the 1995-96 school year have been productive. As usual, things are moving at a fast pace here at the Center. We just completed our tenth annual Science Education Enrichment Day (SEED). Over 2,000 people attended again this year. Thanks to all those who visited and participated in this successful day. If you were not able to attend, you missed the public opening of the DuPont Planetarium.
The month of October was also exciting for the science education community in South Carolina. The long awaited South Carolina Science Framework draft was released on October 12. When in final form, the science framework will go a long way in helping to improve the quality of science education in the state. If you haven't seen the draft, please ask around at your school. At least three copies were sent to each school. It is important that you read the draft, make comments, and submit those comments back to the South Carolina Department of Education by January. Your input will make the framework that much stronger.
In addition to the Science Framework, hopefully you have looked at the South Carolina Mathematics Achievement Standards draft that was released. This follows the South Carolina Mathematics Framework and sets the stage for how students will be assessed in mathematics in the near future. If you haven't received a copy, please contact the state department for a copy of the draft. If you need a copy of the South Carolina Mathematics Framework, please give our office a call and we will mail you a copy.
Finally, by the time you get the newsletter, Thanksgiving will have passed and Christmas and the New Year will be upon us. Therefore let me pass on my Christmas/New Year wish list to you:
1. Sometime in 1996 we will announce we received the remaining $2.8 million of the $4.2 million needed to construct our new addition.
2. The announcement of a substantial grant to help teachers in the CSRA teach science and mathematics.
3. All teachers have the materials and manipulatives recommended by the Science and Mathematics Frameworks.
4. All teachers have at least five computers in their classroom and have adequate training to use the computers effectively.
5. All teachers have the opportunity to attend at least one professional meeting in science and/or mathematics.
6. All parents get involved with their child's education.
With that, let me wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. See you next year!
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