IIT is dedicated to achieving the project's goals by designing a curriculum that enhances foundational science knowledge and inquiry skills through authentic and relevant learning experiences. The curriculum focuses on biology within a framework of National and State Standards. In addition, the curriculum accommodates the needs of diverse learners, including special needs and ELL students. While integrating appropriate technology with language arts to enhance student learning of science, language, and scientific literacy.
To ensure the success of this program, IIT will provide each participating teacher with continuous and intensive support including on-site, expert, experienced instructional coaches, science faculty, and graduate students. Weekly networking meetings for all teachers. Monthly professional development provided by IIT and Field Museum scientists and educators. Also, materials and activities will be designed to specifically connect with each school’s diverse cultures and community interests.