Science Education for
 Public Understanding Program (SEPUP)

SEPUP creates innovative science curricula for use in grades 6–12 education. Issue-oriented science forms the core of SEPUP's curriculum materials. Every unit uses personal and societal issues to provide thematic continuity for student investigations and observations.

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SEPUP designs issue-oriented units and courses for secondary science classrooms. SEPUP curriculum materials teach standards-based science content in the context of personal and societal issues. These issues range from personal medical issues such as whether to be tested for a genetic disease, to societal issues such as sustainable use of resources.

SEPUP curricula are based on a guided-inquiry approach and promote the use of scientific principles, processes, and evidence in public decision making. SEPUP materials are extensively tested in local and national centers to ensure that they are effective with diverse groups of students in a variety of settings.

The SEPUP approach also enhances the role of teachers as facilitators of student learning and as educational leaders within their communities by having them share in the development, implementation, and assessment of issue-oriented science materials and programs.

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Professional Development

SEPUP professional development workshops focus on implementation of SEPUP instructional materials and/or the use of classroom approaches that integrate science content standards with personal and societal issues, such as those expressed in the National Science Education Standards. Workshops include inquiry-based approaches to science and socioscientific issues, and may also include the use of embedded, authentic assessments of student learning. Find out about upcoming professional development opportunities.