Science is a way of learning about the natural world. Students should know how science has built a vast body of changing and increasing knowledge by physical, mathematical and conceptual models, and also should know that science may not answer all questions. Investigations are used to learn about the natural world. Students will understand that certain types of questions can be answered by investigations and that models and conclusions built from these investigations change as new observations are made.

To support the teaching of essential knowledge and skills, teachers are encouraged to design and manage learning environments that transform classes of students into communities of scientific learners. Teachers model the skills of scientific inquiry, while providing activities and tools that allow the student to observe, collect data, reflect and analyze first-hand events. Students are given active roles in the design and implementation of investigations which allow them to:

  • use scientific evidence to verify, revise and/or reflect particular viewpoints,
  • attempt to find patterns of casual relationships by interpreting data, and
  • use a variety of scientific tools to reason, make connections, solve problems and communicate.

Meet the team

Christy McClain
Science Director
Office: 972-968-6134

Instructional Science Specialists:
Megan Britton
Elementary School Specialist
Office: 972-968-6570

Quynh Tran
Elementary School Specialist
Phone: 972-968-6568

Patrick Pulliam 
Middle School Specialist
Phone: 972-968-6571

Karen Harper
High School Specialist
Office: 972-968-6572

Mike Rogers
Elementary Science and Outdoor Education Specialist