Science for Kindergartens aims to “create a more inclusive, engaging and supportive environment for teachers in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields” by introducing a series of policies that aim to promote “open communication and a safe learning environment for students and educators.”
“As science teachers, we are committed to fostering an inclusive, collaborative and respectful environment where we can discuss important topics in a safe and respectful manner,” the announcement said.
The initiative is part of a broader effort to foster the science-focused educational experiences for all students in the public school system.
According to the announcement, teachers will be able to communicate more effectively through social media and will be encouraged to engage students with diverse viewpoints.
Science for the Kindergarden will be part of the Department of Science and Technology (DSET) in the District of Columbia.
“In a world that is constantly changing, it is critical to develop a culture that values diversity and inclusivity in the workplace and in the classroom,” said DSET Principal Katherine Johnson.
“We are excited to be working with the Science for Education (SAFE) and Science for Technology (STT) organizations to ensure that teachers have access to tools that foster positive STEM learning and education.”
The announcement also includes a number of recommendations for the next school year.
One of them is to “develop new curricula that include science literacy, STEM concepts and strategies, and teaching and learning experiences to prepare teachers for future STEM work,” according to the statement.
“Students are well equipped to succeed in a diverse and diverse world where science, engineering, technology and math (STEM)” is the primary focus, the statement continued.
“Teachers should also understand the importance of science to all children, and the importance that science plays in the future of the country and the world.”
Science for Schools aims to expand the district’s science offerings and “create an inclusive and supportive educational environment for all teachers in Science for Kids,” according the announcement.
The announcement comes as the District prepares to open more classrooms to students, the first step toward the creation of the nation’s first school of science and technology (SfS) in 2020.