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Our Mission

The K-12 Alliance is a professional learning organization whose mission is to transform teaching and learning in science and mathematics. With a focus on all students, we support all levels of the school system, and their impact on the classroom as a unit of change. We are committed to working with all segments of the educational system and its supporting communities.

Core Values

  1. We base our work on the idea that science is a fundamental aspect of our culture and deeply impacts our lives, where sense making, problem solving, and action are the true purposes of a high-quality science education, thereby opening the path for students to become agents of change in their local communities as scientifically literate youth and, later, adults.
  2. We support science as a core discipline and believe that all teachers and students have the capacity to engage in high-quality science teaching and learning.
  3. We believe that learning is inclusive, culturally responsive, and informed by diverse experiences and expertise from students’ homes, which is essential to build a strong community of learners
  4. We embrace transformative learning experiences that are context-rich, relevant to the learner, and strive to advance social, environmental, and climate justice.
  5. We advocate for the power of partnerships and professional learning communities that support reflective dialogue and values students as sense-makers and problem solvers.
  6. We champion standards-based professional learning that is comprehensive and impacts all aspects of the school system.
  7. We promote administrator and teacher professional learning that is grounded in research on best practices and is content-focused, collaborative, leverages funds of knowledge, is coherent and complementary with school system initiatives, and sustainable.
  8. We work for the translation of a statewide vision for science education into local practice and promote regional professional learning programs that include:
    • high-quality standards-based instruction, assessment, and materials;
    • research-based instructional strategies that improve student achievement in knowing and doing science and mathematics;
    • development of teacher leaders and administrators to increase site capacity; and
    • the use of technology and integration of literacy strategies to enhance student learning and understanding.