Department of Science

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Everyday children ask hundreds of questions like these. Being “scientific” involves being curious; asking how things happen and learning how to find the answers. Curiosity is natural to children, but they need help understanding how to make sense of what they see. The Next Generation Science Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in science from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Department of Science provides supports for teachers implementing the Next Generation Science Standards through high-quality curriculum and professional development.

Department of Science works with teachers and administrators to ensure that all students engage in meaningful science learning experiences that prepare them for success in college, career, and life. We are preparing students to not only be scientifically literate, but also to be informed citizens and leaders in a global society.

As a department, we also want to support your involvement as a parent in your child’s science education. Studies show that the family experiences that students bring to school are some of the biggest predictors of success (Hazen and Trefil 1991). So to help you help your child get the best science education possible, we provide parent-friendly resources like the ones listed below.

This page includes our contact information. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time. We are here to help!


For Parents:

What Parents Should Know About the Common Core State Standards
Help Your Child Explore Science
Helping Your Child Learn Science

Contact Information

Contact Name

Telephone #

Email Address

Title/Area of Expertise

Chandra James


P-12 Science, Director

Barbara Dubielak-Wood


P - 5 Science Specialist

Jenny Sarna


High School Science Specialist

Misty Richmond


Middle School Science Specialist

Duane Torres


Science Resource Center, Office Manager

Office of Core Curriculum
Department of Science
501 W. 35th Street, 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60609

Page Last Modified on Monday, April 11, 2016