First of all, it is great to find a principal inquiring about science. We hear a lot about science being low priority due to the emphasis on reading and math. Good for you for understanding that science is a crucial part of 21st-century knowledge and skills!
1. Supervising the science program at my school is
2. Providing science materials and equipment for the teachers
3. The first thing to look for in a high-quality science lesson is:
a. Subject matter that is consistent with grade level expectations set by standards.
Question 1: b (and, of course, a)
Research points to good results with distributed leadership. And science learning is unique in some ways. NSTA's SPIR standards elaborate on school leadership.
Question 2: c
Districts with high-quality science programs provide materials in a cost-effective and teacher friendly manner. See Standard 7: Materials Management. Become well informed about best practice by attending SPIR professional development, or generate documentation and recommendations from NSTA through a SPIR review of your school's science program.
Question 3: all of the above, but if you had to pick one, it should be "a"
If the content is not appropriate then good planning, instruction, and assessment are not going to yield the desired results. All the elements necessary to a high-quality program are found in the SPIR Standards. The curriculum standards and objectives are a good starting point.
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