The OCM BOCES Center for Innovative Science Education supports educators in providing cohesive and authentic K-12 science learning experiences that allow students to understand and develop curiosity about the natural world and the connection between science and their life, while also developing students ability to think critically, solve problems, communicate, collaborate, and cognitively engage in the practices of science.
To contact us or order living materials, we can be reached by phone at 315.433.2671 or online using the Contact Link.
NY Science Learning Standards
The New York State P-12 Learning Standards were adopted at the December 2016 Board of Regents (BOR) meeting. These standards will become effective beginning July 2, 1017. However, the phase in will be over several years. The December BOR item identifies three phases. The June BOR item identified a potential schedule. Please note the June timeline represents the earliest possible change in assessment.
The Science Leadership Network consists of regional district, building and teacher leaders. This group meets several times a year to engage in professional inquiry with the goal of continuous collaborative improvement of K-12 science learning in the the region. This year the group is focused on preparing for the upcoming New York State Science Learning Standards by studying A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas (NRC, 2012).
Science Kit Teacher Scheduling for 2017-18 School Year
For questions, changes, or additions, please contact the Science Center at 315-433-2671 or email MST@ocmboces.org.
Science Kits and Programs
Our Science Kits provide teachers with the sequential lessons and materials needed to engage students, promote a positive attitude. Our science units develop inquiry and problem solving skills, as well as learn developmentally appropriate science content.
In addition to our science and health programs we offer the following:
Enterprise America is now a service offered through the School Library System! This amazing learning program for middle school students includes several weeks of class-room curriculum aligned to Common Core and NYS Learn-ing Standards. As an Enterprise America teacher, you’ll prepare your students by having them explore what it takes to make a modern American city work, from local government to business to wellness and media. Then, you and your students will take that knowledge and put it into practice by running the Enterprise America “city” for a day. Please note: This program is now handled by the OCM BOCES School Library System (SLS).