What Principals Need to Know About Teaching and Learning Science

This accessible resource offers practical strategies for increasing student achievement in science and fostering a school environment that supports the science curriculum. Assess your own science programs, and find tools to evaluate teachers' preparedness for science instruction. With checklists, assessments, and reproducibles that you can share with teachers, parents, and other stakeholders, discover how to improve science instruction and sustain a strong science program.


  • Gain comprehensive science knowledge related to inquiry, curricula, program evaluation, inquiry-based learning, assessment, and professional development.
  • Learn practical strategies to ensure student achievement in science.
  • Understand how to foster a school environment that supports the science curriculum.
  • Get tools to evaluate school and teacher preparedness for science instruction.
  • Create and sustain a meaningful professional development program with successful teacher teams.


Introduction: Leading Change
Chapter 1: Scientific Inquiry
Chapter 2: Science Curricula
Chapter 3: Science Program Evaluation
Chapter 4: Inquiry-Based Learning
Chapter 5: Assessment
Chapter 6: Professional Development
Appendix A: Reproducibles
Appendix B: Resources for Learning More
Appendix C: State Professional Science Teacher Associations
Appendix D: Science Content Standards for Inquiry
Appendix E: Sample K–2 Science Activity: The Mystery Box



Elementary School Resources

Middle School Resources

Technology Resources: Probeware

Technology Resources: Simulations

Educational Resources

Science Organizations

State Professional Science Teacher Associations